for SATB and organ, or SATB and brass, percussion, and organ, or SATB and strings and organ
Vaughan Williams composed this simple anthem for a pageant in aid of the church of Abinger in 1934. The homophonic texture and inclusion of the first verse of O God our help in ages past at the end of the piece make it an accessible and inclusive work and a rousing addition to any service, concert, or community occasion. Vaughan Williams's string orchestra accompaniment is available on hire, and Jerry Brubaker's brass, organ, and percussion arrangement is available on sale.
Vaughan Williams has come to be regarded as one of the finest British composers of the 20th century. He has a particularly wide-ranging catalogue of works, including choral works, symphonies, concerti, and opera. His searching and visionary imagination, combined with a flexibility in writing for all levels of music-making, has meant that his music is as popular today as it ever has been.