Wedding Music

The Lord bless you and keep you


A traditional wedding blessing, in a lush rendition.

Full Title The Lord bless you and keep you by John Rutter b. 1945

Notes This is a setting of a biblical benediction, followed by an extended "Amen", composed in 1981 for the memorial service of Edward T. Chapman, the director of music at Highgate School, London, with whom John Rutter had studied when he attended the school.

It was sung at the celebration of the 100th birthday of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 2000, and at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018.

Duration 5min

Performers required

  • Mixed Voice Choir accompanied by Organ or Piano
  • Upper Voice Choir accompanied by Organ or Piano

Source of printed music published by OUP

 
The Lord bless you and keep you,
The Lord make His face to shine upon you,
And be gracious unto you,
The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you,
And give you peace.
Amen.

from the Book of Numbers (Chapter 6 verses 24–26).

© Fergus Black

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