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Choral Evensong

Long-running programme presenting live broadcasts of Evensong from around the country

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Weds 28th Jan (rpt. Sun 31st Jan)

King’s College, London

An archive recording of a Service for Epiphany, first broadcast in January 2009 from All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London with the Choir of King's College, London, directed by David Trendell who died last October.

Hymn: Why, impious Herod (Veni redemptor)
Bidding Prayer
Reading: Matthew 1 vv.18-25
A boy was born (Britten)
Reading: Yet if His Majesty our Sovereign Lord (Thomas Ford)
Lullay, Jesu (Britten)
Reading: Bethlehem Down (Bruce Blunt)
Herod (Britten)
Reading: Hymn on the Morning of Christ's Nativity (John Milton)
Jesu, as thou art our Saviour (Britten)
Reading: Matthew 2 vv.1-12
The three kings (Britten)
Reading: Journey of the Magi (T S Eliot)
In the bleak midwinter (Britten)
Reading: Colossians 1 vv.15-20
Noel! (Britten)
Hymn: O worship the Lord (Was lebet)
Organ Voluntary: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 739 (Bach)

Director of Music: David Trendell
Organ Scholar: Ashley Marshfield  


Weds 4th Feb (rpt. Sun 8th Feb)

St Paul’s Cathedral, London

Introit: My lovely one (Finzi)
Responses: Leighton
Psalm 88 (Flintoft)
First Lesson: Isaiah 61 vv1-9
Magnificat: Giles Swayne
Second Lesson: Luke 7 vv18-30
Nunc Dimittis: Holst
Anthem: Benedictus (Elgar)
Hymn: Hail to the Lord's Anointed! (Crüger)
Organ Voluntary: Offrande et Alléluia final from Livre du Saint Sacrement (Messiaen)

Andrew Carrwood, Director of Music
Simon Johnson, Organist

Weds 11th Feb (rpt. Sun 15th Feb)

St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle

Introit: Exsultate Deo (Palestrina)
Responses: Tomkins
Psalm: 119 vv33-56 (Turle; Colborne)
Lessons: Isaiah 52 v13 - 53 v6
Romans 15 vv14-21
Canticles: Evening Service in E minor (Daniel Purcell)
Anthem: My beloved spake (Purcell)
Hymn: Come down, O love divine (Down Ampney)
Final responses: Campbell
Organ voluntary: Prelude and Fugue in E, BWV 566 (J S Bach)

James Vivian, Director of Music
Richard Pinel, Assistant Director of Music

Weds 18th Feb – Ash Wednesday (rpt. Sun 22nd Feb)

St John’s College, Cambridge

Responses: Smith
Psalm 51 (Allegri)
First Lesson: Isaiah 1 vv 10-18
Canticles: Sixth Service (Weelkes)
Second Lesson: Luke 15 vv 11-end
Anthem: Afflicti pro peccatis nostris (Byrd)
Hymn: Lord Jesus, think on me (Southwell)
Organ Voluntary: Fantasia in C minor BWV 562 (Bach)

Joseph Wicks, Junior Organ Scholar
Andrew Nethsingha, Director of Music  


Weds 25th Feb (rpt. Sun 1st Mar)

St Davids Cathedral, Pembrokeshire

An archive recording from St Davids Cathedral looking forward to St David's Day

Introit: Behold the tabernacle of God (Harris)
Responses: Smith
Psalms 126-131 (Garrett, Goss, Buck, Walmisley, Hylton Stewart, Rogers)
First lesson: Isaiah 30 vv 1-5,8-17
Office hymn: Eternal Monarch King most high (Gonfalon Royal)
Magnificat: Noble in B minor
Second lesson: Hebrews 11 vv 17-31,39 - 40
Nunc dimittis: Noble in B minor
Anthems: A song of wisdom (Charles Villiers Stanford)
O for a closer walk with God (Charles Villiers Stanford)
Hymn: Sing praise to God who reigns above (Mit Freuden Zart)
Organ voluntary: Jubilate (Mathias)

Geraint Bowen, Organist and Master of the Choristers
Michael Slaney, Assistant Organist

First broadcast 27th May, 1998

Weds 4th Mar (rpt. Sun 8th Mar)

King’s College, Cambridge

International Women's Day, celebrating female composers

Organ Prelude: The Gift (Judith Bingham)
Introit: Be still (Sally Beamish) - first performance, new commission
Responses: Leighton
Psalms 22, 23 (S Wesley, Smart, Goss)
First Lesson: Genesis 44 vv 18-34
Canticles: Collegium Regale (Judith Bingham)
Second Lesson: Hebrews 2 vv 10-18
Anthem: Vertue (Judith Weir)
Hymn: Thine for ever! God of love (Newington)
Organ Voluntary: Ettrick Banks (Judith Weir)

Tom Etheridge and Richard Gowers, Organ Scholars
Stephen Cleobury, Director of Music


Weds 11th Mar (rpt. Sun 15th Mar)

Salisbury Cathedral

Introit: The ways of Zion do mourn (Wise)
Responses: Tomkins
Psalms 59-61 (Barnby, Carpenter, Howells, Stainer)
First Lesson: Genesis 9 vv 8-19
Office Hymn: Lord Jesus, think on me (Southwell)
Canticles: Second Service (Tomkins)
Second Lesson: 1 Peter 3 vv 18-end
Anthem: Civitas sancti tui (Byrd)
Final Hymn: God moves in a mysterious way (London New)
Organ Voluntary: Fantasia (Gibbons)

Organist and Assistant Director of Music: John Challenger
Director of Music: David Halls


Weds 18th Mar (rpt. Sun 22nd Mar)

York Minster

Introit: Hear my prayer (Purcell)
Responses: Tomkins
Psalms 93, 94 (Luther, Deffel, Bairstow)
First Lesson: Jeremiah 13 vv 20-27
Canticles: Cesar's Service (Amner)
Second Lesson: 1 Peter 1 v 17 - 2 v 3
Anthem: Hear my prayer (Mendelssohn)
Hymn: Faith overcomes! The light of Christ is shining (Highwood)
Organ Voluntary: Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist BWV 671 (Bach)

David Pipe (Assistant Director of Music)
Robert Sharpe (Director of Music)


Weds 25th Mar (rpt. Sun 29th Mar)

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Organ Prelude: Pièce Modale (Langlais)
Introit: Ne timeas, Maria (Victoria)
Hymn: Ave maris stella (Monteverdi)
Psalms 110, 130 and Canticle (Duffy, Bévenot, Mawby)
Reading: Luke 1 vv 26-38
Motet: A Hymn to the Virgin (Britten)
Homily (Canon Anthony O’Brien)
Magnificat (Andriessen)
Hymn: For Mary, Mother of the Lord (St Botolph)
Antiphon: Ave Regina caelorum (Victoria)
Organ Voluntary: Toccata Magnificat (Nicholas Davies)

Director of Music: Christopher McElroy
Assistant Director of Music: James Luxton
Organist: Richard Lea 

Weds 1st Apr  (No rpt.)

St Edmundsbury Cathedral 

Introit: When I survey the wondrous cross (Malcolm Archer)
Office Hymn: Nature with open volume stands (Nürnberg)
Responses: Tomkins
Psalm 88 (Howells)
First Lesson: Isaiah 63 vv 1-9
Canticles: Heathcote Statham in E minor
Second Lesson: Revelation 14 v 18 - 15 v 4
Anthems: The Lamentation (Bairstow)
Plangent eum (Judith Bingham)
Homily: The Very Revd Christopher Lewis
Final Hymn: At the Name of Jesus (King's Weston)
Organ Voluntary: Aus tiefer Not schrei' ich zu dir, BWV 686 (Bach)

Assistant Director of Music: Dan Soper
Director of Music: James Thomas


Sun 5th Apr – Easter Day  (No rpt.)

Ely Cathedral

Introit: Jesus Christ is risen (Trepte)
Responses: Leighton
Psalms 114, 118 (Garrett, South)
First Lesson: Ezekiel 37 vv 1-4
Office Hymn: The Lamb's high banquet we await (Ad Cenam Agni)
Canticles: Murrill in E
Second Lesson: Luke 24 vv 13-35
Anthem: Death be not proud (Francis Grier) first broadcast
Final Hymn: Jesus lives! thy terrors now (St Albinus)
Festival Te Deum (Britten)
Organ Voluntary: Résurrection (Dupré)
Assistant Organist: Edmund Aldhouse
Director of Music: Paul Trepte 

Weds 8th Apr (rpt. Sun 12th Apr)

Temple Church, London

Introit: Since by Man came Death (Handel)
Lesson: Genesis 1 v 26; 2 vv 15-17, 19-22
Bidding Prayer
Hymn: Jesus Christ is risen today (Easter Hymn)
Lesson: John 20 vv 1-10
Anthem: Easter (Vaughan Williams)
Lesson: John 20 vv 11-18
Anthem: I got me flowers (Vaughan Williams)
Hymn: Love's redeeming work is done (Savannah)
Anthem: Love bade me welcome (Vaughan Williams)
Lesson: Luke 24 vv 13-35
Anthem: The Call (Vaughan Williams)
Lesson: John 20 vv 19-31
Hymn: Ye choirs of new Jerusalem (St Fulbert)
Lesson: Matthew 28 vv 16-20
Anthem: Antiphon (Vaughan Williams)
Easter Collect
Te Deum (Collegium Regale - Howells)
Organ Voluntary: Folk Song Suite - first movement (Vaughan Williams arr. Greg Morris)

Andrew Rupp (Baritone), Greg Morris (Organist), Roger Sayer (Director of Music) 


Weds 15th Apr  (rpt. Sun 19th Apr)

1992 archive broadcast from Trinity College, Cambridge directed by Richard Marlow


Weds 22nd Apr  (rpt. Sun 26th Apr)

Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge


Weds 29th Apr  (rpt. Sun 3 May)

Exeter Cathedral


Weds 6th May  (rpt. Sun 10th May)

The Queen's College, Oxford


Weds 13th May  (rpt. Sun 17th May)

London Festival of Contemporary Church Music at St Pancras Church


Weds 20th May   (rpt. Sun 24th May)

Lichfield Cathedral


Weds 27th May  (rpt. Sun 31st May)

St Davids Cathedral


Weds 3rd June  (rpt. Sun 7th June)

Truro Cathedral


Weds 10th June  (rpt. Sun 14th June)

Wells Cathedral


Weds 17th June  (rpt. Sun 21st June)

King's College, London


Weds 24th June  (rpt. Sun 28th June)

The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban


Weds 1st July  (rpt. Sun 5th July)

Westminster Cathedral

Sally Beamish: Be Still (first performance)

Sally Beamish: Be Still (first performance)

The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, gives the premiere of Sally Beamish's Be Still.

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