Playing: Szczo to za prediwo (What a wonderful surprise) by Trad. arr. Barwinski
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Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong

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

On radio

All upcoming (3 new and 4 repeats)

Future Choral Evensong Schedule

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 149 and 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


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



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