Three Benedictions - Peter Thompson

Duration: 5'30"
Ensemble: Unison flexible piano
Grading: Easy
CMP240 Full score £2.50

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These three pieces, setting well loved familiar texts, were written for choirs who can’t guarantee a mix of SATB parts. They are flexibly scored for Unison singing with an optional second part, and can be performed by SA, TB, ladies & men, or in any other suitable combination of voices. They work well with school and community choirs as well as churches, and the range is chosen with mixed voices in mind.

A Gaelic Blessing sets words from a ancient Celtic rune, and was written for the baptism of my daughter. The Lord bless you and keep you sets words of the ancient Hebrew blessing from Numbers. Both are suitable for baptisms, weddings, confirmations, healing services or general use.

The middle piece, God be in my head, sets words from the Sarum Book of Hours (1514), a prayer for the presence and direction of God. These words are used at the blessing in the Irish BCP burial rite, and are suitable for funerals and memorial services, but equally for general use as a reflective introit or concluding prayer.