Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong

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

Future Choral Evensong Schedule


Weds 25th November (no repeat)

Chichester Cathedral

Live from Chichester Cathedral

Introit: Prayer of St Richard of Chichester (Frederick Stocken)
Responses: Smith
Office Hymn: The Lord is King (Yanworth)
Psalm 119 vv.73-104 (Walker, Cooke, Pye, Attwood)
First Lesson: Jeremiah 31 vv.1-9
Canticles: Sixth Service (Weelkes)
Second Lesson: Matthew 15 vv.21-31
Anthem: Great Lord of Lords (Gibbons)
Final Hymn: Christ triumphant, ever reigning (Guiting Power)
Organ Voluntary: Fantasia and Fugue in C minor BWV 537 (Bach)

Organist and Master of the Choristers: Charles Harrison
Assistant Organist: Timothy Ravalde



Sun 29th November (Advent Sunday) (no repeat)

St John's, Cambridge

Live from the Chapel of St John’s  College, Cambridge 

Motet: O Oriens (Cecilia McDowall)
Processional Hymn:  O come, O come, Emmanuel!  (Veni Emmanuel) (descant: Hill)
Bidding Prayer 
Carol: People, look East (Peter Tranchell, arranged Peter Marchbank)
I The Message of Advent
Sentence and Collect
Antiphons:  O Sapientia and O Adonai
First lesson:  Isaiah 11 vv.1-5
Carol: The clouded heaven (Judith Bingham)
Second lesson: 1 Thessalonians 5 vv.1-11
Carol: Out of your sleep (Anthony Milner)
II The Word of God
Sentence and Collect
Antiphons:  O Radix Jesse and O Clavis David
Carol: Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree (Elizabeth Poston)
Third lesson:  Micah 4 vv.1-4
Anthem: The Birth of Speech (Tim Watts) ***
Fourth lesson:  Luke 4 vv.14-21
Hymn:  Come, thou long-expected Jesus (Cross of Jesus) (descant: Robinson)
III The Prophetic Call
Sentence and Collect
Antiphons:  O Oriens and O Rex Gentium
Carol:  Creator of the stars of night (John Scott)
Fifth lesson:  Malachi 3 vv.1-7
Motet: Fuit homo missus a Deo (G.P. da Palestrina)
Sixth lesson:  Matthew 3 vv.1-11
Hymn: On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry (Winchester New) (descant: Robinson)
IV The Christ-Bearer 
Sentence and Collect
Antiphon:  O Emmanuel
Carol: As dew in Aprylle (Peter Warlock)
Seventh lesson: Luke 1 vv.39-49
Carol: A spotless rose (Herbert Howells)
Magnificat: Westminster Service (Herbert Howells)
Eighth lesson:  John 3 vv.1-8
Sentence and Christmas Collect
Carol: Tomorrow shall be my dancing day (John Gardner)
Hymn: Lo! he comes with clouds descending (Helmsley) (descant:  Robinson)
College Prayer and Blessing
Organ Voluntary: Chorale Prelude on “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland” (BWV 661) J.S.Bach

Director of Music:  Andrew Nethsingha
Herbert Howells Organ Student: Joseph Wicks

** This work has been commissioned by the Master and Fellows of St John’s College, Cambridge and will be first performed at this year’s Advent Carol Services.


Weds 2nd December (rpt. Sun 6th December)

Peterborough Cathedral

Live from Peterborough Cathedral

Introit: Vigilate (Byrd)
Responses: Matthew Martin
Office Hymn: Creator of the stars of night (Conditor alme)
Psalms 12, 13, 14 (Flintoft, Goss, Anon)
First Lesson: Isaiah 43 vv.14-28
Canticles: Second Service (Gibbons)
Second Lesson: Revelation 21 vv.1-8
Anthem: A Song of the New Jerusalem (Matthew Martin)
Organ Voluntary: Fantasia of four parts (Gibbons)

Director of Music: Steven Grahl
Assistant Director of Music: David Humphreys


Weds 9th December (rpt. Sun 13th December)

Gloucester Cathedral

Live from Gloucester Cathedral

Introit: Canite tuba (Palestrina)
Responses: Janet Wheeler
Psalms 47, 48, 49 (Lloyd, Walmisley, Walmisley)
First Lesson: Amos 9 vv.11-15
Canticles: Second Service (Tomkins) 
Second Lesson: Romans 13 vv.8-14
Anthem: Vox dicentis: Clama (Naylor)
Hymn: Hark what a sound (Highwood)
Organ Voluntary: Chorale Prelude on 'Nun komm der heiden Heiland' BWV 659 (Bach)

Director of Music: Adrian Partington
Organist: Jonathan Hope


Weds 16th December (rpt. Sun 20th December)

Chester Cathedral

Live from Chester Cathedral

Introit: Adam lay ybounden (Howard Skempton)
Responses: Smith
Psalms 82, 83, 84, 85 (MacFarren, Cross, Woods, Hopkins) 
First Lesson: Joel 3 vv.9-16
Antiphon: O Sapientia
Canticles: Great Service (Byrd)
Second Lesson: Matthew 24 vv.29-35
Anthem: Ad te levavi (White)
Hymn: Hark what a sound, and too divine for hearing (Highwood)
Organ Voluntary: Cortège et Litanie (Dupré)

Philip Rushforth, Director of Music
Benjamin Chewter, Organist


Weds 23rd December (rpt. Sun 27th December)

Archive episode - St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City. First broadcast 30th December 2007. 

An Archive service from St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City in December 2007.

Introit: Unto us is born a Son (John Tavener)
Responses: Holmes
Psalm: 8 (Corfe)
First Lesson: Zechariah 2 vv10-13
Carol: All my heart this night rejoices (Ebeling)
Canticles: Latin Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Tallis)
Second Lesson: Matthew 1 vv18-25
Homily: The Revd Andrew Mead
Anthem: Verbum caro factum est (Sheppard)
Hymn: See amid the winter’s snow (Goss)
Organ Voluntary: Toccata – Prelude on Vom Himmel hoch (Garth Edmundson)

Organist and Director of Music: John Scott
Associate Organist: Jeremy S Bruns


Weds 30th December (rpt. Sun 3rd January)

Rodolfus Choir at St Gabriel's, Pimlico

Live from St Gabriel's Church, Pimlico, London with the Rodolfus Choir

Introit: Sing lullaby (Howells) 
Responses: Ayleward 
Psalms 147, 148, 149, 150 (Stanford, Walmisley, Hanforth, Goodenough) 
First Lesson: Isaiah 9 vv.2-7 
Office Hymn: Of the Father's heart begotten (Divinum Mysterium arr. Willcocks) 
Canticles: Westminster Service (Howells) 
Second Lesson: John 8 vv.12-20 
Anthem: Long, long ago (Howells) 
Final Hymn: Unto us is born a son (Puer Nobis Nascitur arr. Willcocks)
Organ Voluntary: Variations on 'King Jesus hath a garden' Op 39 no. 1 (Peeters) 

Director of Music: Ralph Allwood 
Organist: Tom Winpenny 


Weds 6th January 2016 (rpt. Sun 10th January)

Clare College, Cambridge

Epiphany Carol Service - details to follow.

Weds 13th January (rpt. Sun 17th January)

York Minster

Details to follow.

Weds 20th January (rpt. Sun 24th January)

London Oratory

Details to follow.

Weds 27th January (rpt. Sun 31st January)

Salisbury Cathedral

Details to follow.

Weds 3rd February (rpt. Sun 7th February)

Truro Cathedral

Details to follow.

Ash Wednesday 10th February (rpt. Sun 14th February)

Temple Church, London

Details to follow.

Weds 17th February (rpt. Sun 21st February)

St Bartholomew the Great, London

Sung by Royal Holloway Choir, University of London

Details to follow.

Weds 24th February (rpt. Sun 28th February)

King's College, Cambridge

Details to follow.

Weds 2nd March (rpt. Sun 6th March)

Magdalen College, Oxford

Details to follow.

Weds 9th March (rpt. Sun 13th March)

Westminster Abbey

Details to follow.

Weds 16th March (rpt. Sun 20th March)

Wells Cathedral

Details to follow.

Weds 23rd March (no repeat)

Chelmsford Cathedral

Details to follow.

Easter Sunday 27th March (no repeat)

Worcester Cathedral

Details to follow.


Weds 30th March (repeated Sun 3rd April)

Archive - tbc

Details to follow.


Weds 6th April (repeated Sun 10th April)

Blackburn Cathedral

Details to follow.