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Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong

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

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Weds 7th Jan

(rpt. Sun 11th Jan)

Bath Abbey

Introit:  The Three Kings (Willan)

Responses:  Richard Shephard

Psalm 119 vv 81-104 (Buck; Hopkins; Sidwell)

Office hymn:  A great and mighty wonder (Es ist ein Ros')

Lessons:  Jeremiah 23 vv1-8, Matthew 20 vv1-16

Canticles on Plainsong Tones (Arthur Wills)

Anthem:  Praise our Lord all ye Gentiles (Byrd)

Hymn:  Brightest and best of the sons of the morning (Bede)

Organ Voluntary: Prelude and Fugue in G BWV 550 (J S Bach)

Peter King, Director of Music

Marcus Sealy, Sub Organist


Weds 14th Jan

(rpt. Sun 18th Jan)

Christ Church, Oxford

Introit: Stella quam viderant Magi (Palestrina)

Hymn: Praise to God who reigns above (Northampton)

Responses: Leighton

Psalms: 73, 74 (Smart, Garrett, Woodward, Walmisley)

Lessons: Exodus 15 vv1-19, Colossians 2 vv8-15

Canticles: H. C. Stewart in C# Minor

Anthem: Reges Tharsis (Sheppard)

Hymn: How brightly shines the morning star (Wie schön leuchtet)

Organ Voluntary: Laudes (Francis Pott)

Alexander Pott, Organ Scholar

Stephen Darlington, Director of Music


Weds 21st Jan

(rpt. Sun 25th Jan)

Ripon Cathedral

Introit:  O nata lux de lumine (Tallis)

Responses:  Ayleward

Office Hymn:  Tis good, Lord, to be here (Carlisle)

Psalm 106 (Mann; Goss; Armes)

Lessons:  1 Kings 19 vv9b – 18, Mark 9 vv2 - 13     

Canticles:  Stanford in A

Anthem:  Blessed City, heavenly Salem (Bairstow)

Hymn :  Jesu, these eyes have never seen (Nun danket all)

Organ Voluntary:  Nuages ensoleillés sur le Cap Nègre  from ‘Promenades en Provence’ (Reuchsel)

Andrew Bryden, Director of Music

Tim Harper, Assistant Director of Music


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.  The choir was 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)

David Trendell, Director of Music

Ashley Marshfield, Organ Scholar


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


Weds 18th Feb – Ash Wednesday

(rpt. Sun 22nd Feb)

St John’s College, Cambridge


Weds 25th Feb

(rpt. Sun 1st Mar)

St David’s Cathedral, Pembrokeshire

An archive recording first heard 27th May, 1998

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


Weds 4th Mar

(rpt. Sun 8th Mar)

King’s College, Cambridge


Weds 11th Mar

(rpt. Sun 15th Mar)

Salisbury Cathedral


Weds 18th Mar

(rpt. Sun 22nd Mar)

York Minster


Weds 25th Mar

(rpt. Sun 29th Mar)

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral


Weds 1st Apr

St Edmundsbury Cathedral


Sun 5th Apr – Easter Day

Ely Cathedral


Weds 8th Apr

(rpt Sun 9th Apr)

Temple Church, London





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