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Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong

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

For schedule details see below.

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Future Choral Evensong Schedule

Wed 16th April (Holy Week)

Chichester Cathedral

Introit: Civitas sancti tui (Byrd)

Responses: Byrd

Office Hymn: O dearest Lord (Albano)

Psalm: 88 (Deffett)

First Lesson: Isaiah 63 vv1-9

Canticles: Francis Jackson in G

Second Lesson: Revelation 14 v18 – 15 v4

Anthems: The Lamentation (Bairstow)

Hymn: Earth’s fragile beauties we possess (Kingsfold)

Organ Voluntary: Passacaglia – BWV 582 (JS Bach)

Sarah Baldock (Organist and Master of the Choristers)

Timothy Ravalde (Assistant Organist)


Sun 20th April (Easter Day)

Chester Cathedral

Introit: Dic nobis, Maria (Bassano)

Responses: Sanders

Office Hymn:  The Lord is risen indeed! (Narenza)

Psalm: 66 (Gray)

First Lesson: Song of Solomon 3 vv2-5; 8 vv6-7

Canticles: Chichester Service (Walton)

Second Lesson: John 20 vv11-18

Anthem: Surrexit pastor bonus (Lhéritier)

Hymn: The day of resurrection! (Ellacombe)

Te Deum: Collegium Regale (Howells)

Organ Voluntary: Alleluyas (Simon Preston)

Philip Rushforth (Director of Music)

Benjamin Chewter (Assistant Director of Music)


Wed 23rd April

The Guild Chapel, Stratford-upon-Avon with the Orchestra and Chamber Choir of the Swan

(rpt Sun 27th April)

Introit: Haec dies (Byrd)

Responses: Smith

Psalm: 114 (Tonus peregrinus)

Office Hymn: Love’s redeeming work is done (Savannah)

First Lesson: Song of Solomon 3

Canticles: Second Service (Gibbons)

Second Lesson: Matthew 28 vv16-end

Anthems: ‘Hear the voice of the Bard’ (Pete M. Wyer); ‘Since by man came death’; ‘Then shall be brought to pass’; ‘O death, where is thy sting?’, ‘But thanks be to God’ (Handel)

Hymn: Ye choirs of new Jerusalem (St Fulbert)

Orchestral Voluntary: ‘A tempo ordinario, e staccato’ & ‘Allegro’ from the Organ Concerto in B flat, Op. 4 No. 2, HWV 290 (Handel)

With the Orchestra of the Swan (Artistic Director – David Curtis)

The Orchestra of the Swan Chamber Choir (Director – John Liggins)


Wed 30th April

The Chapel of St John’s College, Cambridge

(rpt Sun 4th May)

Introit: Holy is the true light (Harris)

Responses: Richard Shephard

Psalms: 148,149,150 (Robinson; Stanford; Talbot)

First Lesson: Isaiah 40 vv27-end

Canticles: Second Service (Leighton)

Second Lesson: John 12 vv20-26

Anthems: Chichester Psalms (Bernstein)

Hymn: Twin princes of the courts of heaven (Melcombe)

Organ Voluntary: Laudes (Francis Pott) (First performance)

Andrew Nethsingha (Director of Music)

Edward Picton-Turbervill & Joseph Wicks (Organ Students)


Wed 7th May

Tewkesbury Abbey with Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum

(rpt Sun 11th May)

Introit: Antiphon (Walton)

Responses: Radcliffe

Psalm: 37 (Goss; Turle; Skarratt; Bairstow)

First Lesson: Deuteronomy 6

Office Hymn:  A brighter dawn is breaking (Nun last uns Gott dem Herren)

Canticles: Murrill in E

Second Lesson: Ephesians 2 vv1-10

Anthem: Ye choirs of new Jerusalem (Stanford)

Hymn: Jesus lives! thy terrors now (St Albinus)

Organ Voluntary: Rheims - Allegro moderato (Sonata No. 2 in G Minor – Op. 151 - ‘Eroica’) (Stanford)

Simon Bell (Director of Music)

Carleton Etherington (Organist)


Wed 14th May

St Pancras Church during the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music 2014

(rpt Sun 18th May)

Introit: Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord (Antony Pitts) (first performance)

Responses:  Léon Charles (first performance)
Office Hymn: The sad apostles mourn him slain (Solemnis Haec Festivitas)

Psalm: 80 (Christopher Batchelor)
First Lesson: Isaiah 22 vv15-25

Canticles: St Pancras Service (Roxanna Panufnik) (first performance)

Second Lesson: Acts 1 vv15-26

Anthem: Palms of glory (Alexander Campkin) (first performance)

Final Hymn: The highest and the holiest place (Matthias) (first performance)

Organ Voluntary: Exsultet (Phillip Cooke) (first performance)

Christopher Batchelor (Director of Music)
Léon Charles (Assistant Organist)


Wed 21st May

Southwark Cathedral

(rpt Sun 25th May)

Introit: Surely thou hast tasted (Rose)

Responses: Philip Moore

Psalm: 98, 99, 100 (Monk; Day; Attwood)

First Lesson: Deuteronomy 18 vv9-end

Office Hymn: Sun of my soul, thou Saviour dear (Abends)

Canticles: Dyson in F

Second Lesson: 1 Peter 2 vv1-10

Anthem: Vast ocean of light (Jonathan Dove)

Hymn: Ye that know the Lord is gracious (Hyfrydol)

Organ Voluntary: Hymne d'action de grâce (Langlais)

Peter Wright (Director of Music) 

Stephen Disley (Assistant Organist)

Martyn Noble (Organ Scholar)


Wed 28th May

St Davids Cathedral

(rpt Sun 1st June)


Wed 4th June

Portsmouth Cathedral

(rpt Sun 8th June)


Wed 11th June

The London Oratory

(rpt Sun 15th June)


Wed 18th June

Guildford Cathedral

(rpt Sun 22nd June)


Wed 25th June

Sheffield Cathedral

(rpt Sun 29th June)


Wed 2nd July

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

(rpt Sun 6th July)


Wed 9th July

Canterbury Cathedral

(rpt Sun 13th July)


Wed 16th July

York Minster

(rpt Sun 20th July)


Wed 23rd July

Winchester Cathedral during the 2014 Southern Cathedrals Festival – recorded Thurs 17th July

(rpt Sun 27th July)


Wed 30th July

Worcester Cathedral during the 2014 Three Choirs Festival

(rpt Sun 3rd Aug)


Wed 6th Aug

Buckfast Abbey with the Exon Singers – recorded Thurs 31st July

(rpt Sun 10th Aug)


Wed 13th Aug

St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh during the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival

(rpt Sun 17th Aug)


Wed 20th Aug

Edington Priory during the 2014 Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy

(rpt Sun 24th Aug)


Wed 27th Aug

The Eton Choral Course at Cheltenham College Chapel - recorded Mon 11th Aug

(rpt Sun 31st Aug)