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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 13th May  (rpt. Sun 17th May)

London Festival of Contemporary Church Music at St Pancras Church

Introit: Rex Gloriae: O God the King of Glory (Richard Pantcheff - 2015 Festival Commission)
Responses: Paul Burke (2015 Festival Commission)
Psalms 15, 24 (Christopher Batchelor)
First Lesson: 2 Samuel 23 vv 1-5
Office Hymn: O Christ, our Joy, to Whom Is Giv’n (Saward)
St Pancras Canticles (Toby Young - 2015 Festival Commission)
Second Lesson: Colossians 2 vv20 - 3 v4
Anthem: The Dream of The Rood (Kerry Andrew - 2015 Festival Commission)
Final Hymn: Judge Eternal, Throned in Splendour (Rhuddlan)
Organ Voluntary: Toccata (Gregory Rose - 2015 Festival Commission)

Director of Music: Christopher Batchelor
Assistant Organist: Robert Smith


Weds 20th May   (rpt. Sun 24th May)

Lichfield Cathedral

Introit: Antiphon for Ascension (Richard Lloyd) first broadcast
Responses: Rose
Office Hymn: Christ is the King (Gelobt sei Gott)
Psalm 104 (Parratt, Ben Lamb)
First Lesson: 1 Kings 19 vv 1-18
Canticles: The Lichfield Service (Grayston Ives) first broadcast
Second Lesson: Matthew 3 vv 13-end
Anthem: See, See, the Word is Incarnate (Gibbons)
Final Hymn: The Lord Ascendeth up on High (Palace Green)
Organ Voluntary: Psalm Prelude Set 2 No 3 'Sing Unto the Lord a New Song' (Howells)

Directors of Music: Ben and Cathy Lamb
Organist: Martyn Rawles


Weds 27th May  (rpt. Sun 31st May)

St Davids Cathedral

Live from St. Davids Cathedral during the cathedral's festival week

Introit: O Lord, give thy Holy Spirit (Tallis)
Responses: Robert Walker - first broadcast
Office Hymn: O thou who camest from above (Hereford)
Psalm 145 (Marsh)
First Lesson: Joshua 3
Canticles: Gloucester Service (Howells)
Second Lesson: Luke 9 vv 37-50
Anthem: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me (Elgar)
Final Hymn: God is here! As we his people meet (Blaenwern)
Organ Voluntary: Toccata sur Veni Creator (Gaston Litaize)

Organist & Master of the Choristers: Oliver Waterer
Assistant Director of Music: Simon Pearce 


Weds 3rd June  (rpt. Sun 7th June)

Truro Cathedral

Live from Truro Cathedral on the Eve of Corpus Christi

Responses: Philip Moore
Psalms 110, 111 (Lloyd, Stainer)
First Lesson: Exodus 16 vv 2-15
Canticles: Sumsion in A
Second Lesson: John 6 vv 22-35
Anthem: Lo, the full, final sacrifice (Finzi)
Hymn: Soul of my Saviour (Anima Christi)
Organ Voluntary: Fugue sur le nom d'Alain (Duruflé)

Christopher Gray, Director of Music
Luke Bond, Assistant Director of Music


Weds 10th June  (rpt. Sun 14th June)

Wells Cathedral

Live from Wells Cathedral

Responses: Tavener (first broadcast)
Psalms 53, 54, 55 (Flintoft, Wadeley, Cooper, Walker)
First Lesson: Isaiah 42 vv 5-12
Magnificat (Finzi)
Second Lesson: Acts 14 vv 8-end
Nunc Dimittis (Holst)
Anthem: Gaudeamus – Rejoice we all and praise the Lord (from ‘A Sequence for All Saints’ by Leighton)
Hymn: The Son of Consolation (Aurelia)
Organ Voluntary: Paean (Whitlock)

Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers)
Jonathan Vaughn (Assistant Organist)


Weds 17th June  (rpt. Sun 21st June)

King's College London

Live from the Chapel of King's College London

Introit: Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui (Palestrina)
Responses: Gareth Wilson
Psalm 89 (Wilson, Hogins, Wathorn)
First Lesson: Judges 6 vv 6-16
Canticles (Gareth Wilson)
Second Lesson: Matthew 5 vv 13-24
Anthem: Ego flos campi (Clemens non Papa)
Hymn: All my hope on God (Michael)
Organ Voluntary: Organ Sonata - Allegro giocoso - second movement (Bairstow)

Director of Music: Gareth Wilson
Senior Organ Scholar: Graham Thorpe


Weds 24th June  (rpt. Sun 28th June)

The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban

Live from the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban on the Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist

Introit: The great forerunner of the morn (arr. Vaughan Williams)
Responses: Bernard Rose
Psalms 80, 82 (Hopkins, Smart)
First Lesson: Malachi 4
Office Hymn: On this high feast day (Coelites Plaudant)
Canticles: Naylor in A
Second Lesson: Matthew 11 vv 2-19
Anthem: Vox dicentis: Clama! (Naylor)
Organ Voluntary: Prelude and Fugue in D (from 'Homage à Marcel Dupré' - David Briggs)

Andrew Lucas, Master of the Music
Tom Winpenny, Assistant Master of the Music


Weds 1st July  (rpt. Sun 5th July)

Westminster Cathedral

Choral Vespers live from Westminster Cathedral on the Solemnity of the Dedication of the Cathedral

Introit: Elegi abiectus esse (Philips)
Hymn: Urbs Jerusalem beata (plainsong)
Psalms 46 (Deus noster refugium), 122 (Laetatus sum)
Canticle: Revelation 19 vv 1-2, 5-7
Reading: Revelation 21 vv 2-3, 22, 27
Magnificat primi toni (Palestrina)
Homily: Father Alexander Master
Motet: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (Schütz)
Antiphon: Ave Maria (Holst)
Organ Voluntary: Carillon de Westminster (Vierne)

Master of Music: Martin Baker
Assistant Master of Music: Peter Stevens
Organ Scholar: Benjamin Bloor


Weds 8th July (rpt. Sun 12th July)

Joint evensong with the Choirs of King's College & St John's College, Cambridge (Recorded in King's College Chapel, Cambridge on Thursday 2nd July)

Recorded in King's College Chapel, Cambridge, with King's and St John's College Choirs on the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Introit: King Henry VI's Prayer (Ley)
Responses: Radcliffe
Psalms 42, 43 (S. Wesley, Anon)
First Lesson: Judges 16 vv 4-22
Canticles: Collegium Regale (Howells)
Second Lesson: Luke 18 vv 31-43
Anthem: I was glad (Parry)
Hymn: Glorious things of thee are spoken (Abbot's Leigh)
Te Deum: Collegium Regale (Howells)
Organ Voluntary: Psalm Prelude Set 2 No 3 (Howells)

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury
Organ Scholar: 


Weds 15th July (rpt. Sun 19th July)

Genesis Sixteen at St-Martin-in-the-Fields

Live from St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, with Genesis Sixteen

Introit: Almighty and everlasting God (Gibbons)
Responses: Rose
Psalms 76, 77 (Nicholson, Stainer)
First Lesson: Isaiah 33 vv 2-10
Office Hymn: Glory to thee, my God, this night (Tallis's Canon)
Canticles: Tallis for 5 voices
Second Lesson: Philippians 1 vv 3-11
Anthem: Exultate Deo (Poulenc)
Final Hymn: God is Love: let heaven adore him (Blaenwern)
Organ Voluntary: Prelude and Fugue in G minor Op. 7, No 3 (Dupré)

Directors of Music: Harry Christophers, Eamonn Dougan
Organist: Simon Johnson



Weds 22nd July (rpt. Sun 26th July)

Exon Singers at Buckfast Abbey

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Weds 29th July (rpt. Sun 2nd August)

Three Choirs Festival at Hereford Cathedral

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Weds 5th August (rpt. Sun 9th August)

Southern Cathedrals Festival at Salisbury Cathedral (Recorded Friday 17th July)

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Weds 12th August (rpt. Sun 16th August)

Eton Choral Course at Cheltenham College Chapel

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Weds 19th August (rpt. Sun 23rd August)

St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh

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Weds 26th August (rpt. Sun 30th August)

Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy

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

Charles Wood Summer School, Armagh (Recorded Friday 21st August)

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

King's College, Cambridge (Recorded Tuesday 3rd March)

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

Old Royal Naval College Chapel

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

Portsmouth Cathedral

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Weds 30th Spetember (rpt. Sun 4th October)

Lincoln Cathedral

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Weds 7th October (rpt. Sun 11th October)

Norwich Cathedral

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Weds 14th October (rpt. Sun 18th October)

Merton College, Oxford

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Weds 21st October (rpt. Sun 25th October)

Rochester Cathedral

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Weds 28th October (rpt. Sun 1st November)

Archive episode - TBA

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Weds 4th November (rpt. Sun 8th November)

Southwell Minster

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Weds 11th November (rpt. Sun 15th November)

Winchester Cathedral

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Weds 18th November (rpt. Sun 22nd November)

New College, Oxford

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Weds 25th November (no repeat)

Chichester Cathedral

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

St John's, Cambridge

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

Peterborough Cathedral

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

Gloucester Cathedral

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

Chester Cathedral

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

Archive episode - TBA

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

Rodolfus Choir at St Gabriel's, Pimlico

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Sally Beamish: Be Still (first performance)

Sally Beamish: Be Still (first performance)

The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, gives the premiere of Sally Beamish's Be Still.

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