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Fill the World with Love, from Goodbye, Mr. Chips

The Tabernacle Choir & Orchestra at Temple Square perform "Fill the World with Love."
The Tabernacle Choir & Orchestra at Temple Square performing "Fill the World with Love."

In the 1969 film Goodbye, Mr. Chips, a shy British schoolmaster at an upper-crust all-boys school spends his entire career hoping to instill in the students an awareness of the ultimate lessons of life. The song “Fill the World with Love,” with music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, is introduced in the movie as the official school song, but it returns as an anthem of the students’ (and their headmaster’s) efforts to become wholly good. In that sense, “Fill the World with Love” complements beautifully a Christmas celebration focusing on goodness, light, and the gifts of service we render to each other. The film score, adapted by John Williams, was nominated for both Oscar and Golden Globe awards.

Music and Text: Leslie Bricusse
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

Listen to the Full Song

Music from the 2019 Concert
  • Sitting aside three children, Kristin Chenoweth sings What Child Is This? into a microphone.
  • A woman and young girl under a blanket watch Luke 2: The Christmas Story on a tablet.
  • A young woman dressed in white holds up a wrapped, cream-colored present.
  • Trumpet players dressed in white coats and top hats play Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.
  • Smiling and laughing, children sing Gift of Christmas, Everywhere!
  • Kristin Chenoweth sings We Need a Little Christmas in front of string musicians and passes Mack Wilberg a percussive mallet.