Bless the Lord is a set of three cheerful and merry movements which form Andrew Carter's superb choral work, Benedicite. Jolly tunes with jovial lyrics that are ideally suited to children and children’s choirs. For Unison Children's voices with Piano accompaniment or Bassoon and Strings.
This is great fun - a quirky extension to a traditional theme (Benedicite). It consists of 4 movements which can be used as individual anthems; the first three are for treble voices, and the fourth SATB. We haven't actually done the last one, but our children's choir (age 6-13) love the first three, which are challenging enough but achievable and effective for a mixed ability group.
No.1 goes through an encyclopedia of animals, calling on them to 'bless the Lord' in three verses with different melodies - then in the fourth all three are combined at once. Fun for harvest or services thinking about God's creation.
No.2 is more lyrical, with a smaller selection of creatures, and the theme 'magnify the Lord'.
No.3 gets on to the extended family - fathers, mothers, grannies, grandads, aunt Aggie's twins etc... We have used it for Mothering Sunday, or services focussed on family. Anonymous
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