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BBC Radio 3
Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong

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

For schedule details see below.

Future Choral Evensong Schedule

Wed 26th Nov

Leeds Cathedral

(no repeat)

Organ Prelude:  Celui qui a des oreilles, qu'il écoute from Cinq méditations sur l'Apocalypse (Langlais)

Introit:  Laetatus sum (Scarlatti)

Hymn:  Caeli Deus sanctissime (Gregorian)             

Psalms:  62, 67 (Saunders; Roberts)

Canticle:  Colossians 1:12-20 (Bevenot)

Reading:  Philippians 2:1-11

Magnificat primi toni, (John Duggan) first broadcast

Homily:  Fr Philip Moger

Anthem:  Insanae et vanae curae (Haydn)

Marian antiphon:  Salve regina (Gregorian)

Organ Voluntary:  Visions prophétiques from Cinq méditations sur l'Apocalypse (Langlais)

Director of Music:  Benjamin Saunders

Organist:  Daniel Justin


Sun 30th Nov

A service for Advent  with carols

St John’s College, Cambridge

Carol: Adam lay ybounden (Ord)

Processional Hymn: O come, O come, Emmanuel! (Veni Emmanuel) (descant: Hill)

Bidding Prayer

Carol: There is no rose (Maconchy)


Sentence and Collect

Antiphons: O Sapientia and O Adonai

First lesson: Isaiah 11 vv.1-5

Carol: The Truth from above (Vaughan Williams)

Second lesson: 1 Thessalonians 5 vv.1-11

Anthem: Vigilate (James Long)


Sentence and Collect

Antiphons: O Radix Jesse and O Clavis David

Third lesson: Micah 4 vv.1-4

Anthem: O Thou the central orb (Gibbons)

Fourth lesson: Luke 4 vv.14-21

Hymn: Come, thou long-expected Jesus (Cross of Jesus) (descant: Robinson)


Sentence and Collect

Antiphons: O Oriens and O Rex Gentium

Carol: Tomorrow shall be my dancing day (arr. David Willcocks)

Fifth lesson: Malachi 3 vv.1-7

Carol: John the Baptist (Michael Finnissy) (First performance)

Sixth lesson: Matthew 3 vv.1-11

Hymn: On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry (Winchester New) (descant: Robinson)


Sentence and Collect

Antiphon: O Emmanuel

Motet: Ave Maria (Mendelssohn)

Seventh lesson: Luke 1 vv.39-49

Carol: A spotless rose (Ledger)

Magnificat: St John's Service (Tippett)

Eighth lesson: John 3 vv.1-8

Sentence and Christmas Collect

Carol: Glory to the Christ Child (Alan Bullard)

Hymn: Lo! He comes with clouds descending (Helmsley) (descant: Robinson)

College Prayer and Blessing

Organ Voluntary: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 645) (J.S. Bach)

Director of Music: Andrew Nethsingha

Herbert Howells Organ Student: Edward Picton-Turbervill


Wed 3rd Dec

Westminster Abbey

(rpt. Sun 7th Dec)

Introit:  Vigilate (Byrd)

Responses:  Radcliffe

Psalms 77, 80 (Mann; Attwood, Barnby)

Lessons:  Isaiah 65:17 -  66:2, Matthew 24:1-14

Canticles:  Howells in G  

Anthem:  A song of the new Jerusalem (Matthew Martin)

Hymn:   Wake, o wake! With tidings thrilling (Wachet auf)

Organ voluntary:   Chorale prelude on ‘St Thomas’ (Parry)

James O’Donnell [Organist and Master of the Choristers]

Daniel Cook [Sub-Organist]



Weds 10th Dec

St Martin-in-the-fields, London

(rpt. Sun 15th Dec)

Introit: The truth from above (Michael Cayton)

Responses: Nils Greenhow (1st performance)

Psalm: 72 vv1-7, vv18-19 (Archer)

Office hymn: O heavenly word from God on high (Gonfalon Royal)

Lessons: Isaiah 2 vv2-5, 1 Corinthians 15 vv51-55

Canticles: Ben Parry in G

Homily: The Revd Dr Sam Wells

Anthems: Love divine, all loves excelling (William Lloyd Webber)

In darkness held (Richard Shephard)

Hymn: Longing for light, we wait in darkness (Christ be our light)

People look east (Steel)

Organ voluntary: Toccata on 'Nun freut euch' (Lionel Rogg)

Andrew Earis, Director of Music

Richard Moore, Organist



Weds 17th Dec

Manchester Cathedral

(rpt. Sun 21st Dec)

Introit: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61(i) (J.S. Bach)

Responses: Christopher Stokes

Psalm 89 vv1-19, 50b (Barnby)

Office hymn: Creator of the stars of night (Mode iv)

Lessons: Isaiah 39, Matthew 17 vv14-21

Antiphon: O Sapientia

Canticles: Sumsion in G

Anthem: Vox dicentis: Clama (Naylor)

Hymn: Hills of the North, rejoice (Little Cornard)

Amen, Amen, komm du schöne Freudenkrone BWV 61(vi) (J.S. Bach)

Organ voluntary: Prelude & Fugue in B minor BWV 544 (J.S. Bach)

Jeffrey Makinson, Sub-organist

Christopher Stokes, Director of Music and Master of the Choristers


Weds 24th Dec

(rpt. Sun 28th Dec)

Tewkesbury Abbey with the Exon Singers, first broadcast at Christmastide in 2002

Introit: No small wonder (Paul Edwards)

Responses (Clucas)           

Psalm 12, 13, 14 (Barnby, Camidge, Vann)

1st lesson: Genesis 12 vv 1-7

Office hymn: From east to west, from shore to shore (A Solis Ortus)

Canticles: Second Service (Leighton)

2nd lesson: John 6 vv 1-14

Anthem: Long, long ago (Howells)

Hymn: Unto us a boy is born (Puer Nobis)

Organ voluntary: Toccata on 'Vom Himmel hoch'


Matthew Owens, Director of Music

Carleton Etherington, Organist 


Weds 31st Dec

(rpt. Sun 4th Jan)

Live with the Rodolfus Choir at St Gabriel's, Pimlico

Responses: Smith

Psalms 147, 148, 149, 150 (Hanford, Goodenough)

Lessons: Jeremiah 23 vv1-6, Colossians 2 vv8-15

Magnificat: Praetorius with Joseph, lieber Joseph mein

Nunc dimittis: Arvo Pärt

Anthem: Jesu, meine freude (J.S. Bach)

Hymn: God rest ye merry, gentlemen (English traditional)

Organ voluntary: Sinfonia from Cantata 29 BWV 29 (J.S. Bach arr. Dupré)

Tom Winpenny, Organist

Ralph Allwood, Director of Music


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


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