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Rodolfus Foundation announces the winning anthem for the Virtual Evensong

We’ve been overwhelmed with the number of votes for the Rodolfus Foundation Virtual Evensong – over 450 in the space of about a week! Thank you so much for taking part and voting; we’re pleased to announce that the winning anthem is ‘I Was Glad’, by Parry.

The guide video is now available to watch and download, along with sheet music marked by Ralph Allwood – follow the link below to take part. While you’re there, if you haven’t already, please do download the other material – you can sing in every piece available on the website! The deadline for submissions is 10pm on Friday 24th April.

Ralph Allwood writes:

I Was Glad was written for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902. I particularly remember this, because I remember my grandmother describing it. She stood and watched the procession, and remembers the Kaiser on his horse, presumably with a large moustache. But Parry (also with a large moustache) didn’t write the gloriously uplifting introduction till the coronation of George V in 1910. Psalm 122 describes the pilgrims arriving at the Temple in Jerusalem from all corners of Israel. Psalm 133 expressed the joy of unity they felt when they arrived, meeting people from other tribes for the first and last time.  It was, for most of them, their only visit to the temple. In Psalm 122, I Was Glad, the words “Our feet shall stand“ are a mistranslation.  It should be, “Our feet now stand“. This expresses the joy we all feel when we have anticipated a great journey or a visit, and we can’t quite believe that it is now happening. It was an autumn festival, and I would like to think that this psalm will express our feelings when we first recover from the current crisis and sing together again. Let us hope that the joy in unity which we find then may be preserved for a long, long time.

If you have any questions about the Virtual Evensong, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Rodolfus Foundation Virtual Evensong