Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong

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

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Choral Evensong Schedule

Wed 4th January (repeated Sun 8th January)

A Service for Epiphany from the Chapel of King's College, London (pre-recorded)


Hymn: From east to west, from shore to shore (A solis ortus cardine)
Reading: John 1 vv.1-5 
Hymn: Of the Father’s heart begotten (Divinum mysterium)
Reading: Matthew 1 vv.18-23
Motet: Hodie Christus natus est (Poulenc)
Reading: Immanence (Evelyn Underhill)
Motet: O magnum mysterium (Poulenc)
Reading: Luke 2 vv.8-20
Motet: Quem vidistis, pastores? (Poulenc)
Reading: Matthew 2 vv.1-15
Motet: Videntes stellam (Poulenc)
Reading: Journey of the Magi (T.S.Eliot)
Motet: Friede auf Erden (Schoenberg)
Hymn: As with gladness men of old (Dix)
Organ Voluntary: Epiphanie (Litaize)

Director of Music: Joseph Fort
Organ Scholar: James Orford


Wed 11th January (repeated Sun 15th January)

Live from the Chapel of Merton College, Oxford

Introit: A Boy was born (Britten)
Responses: Ayleward
Psalms 110, 111 (Smart, Woodward)
First Lesson: Isaiah 49 vv.1-7
Canticles: Dyson in D
Second Lesson: Hebrews 1 vv.1-12
Anthem: Christmas Sequence (Robin Holloway) first broadcast
Carol: The First Nowell (arr. Willcocks)
Organ Voluntary: Les Enfants de Dieu (La Nativité) (Messiaen)

Director of Music: Benjamin Nicholas
Organ Scholars: Alexander Little, Thomas Fetherstonhaugh


Wed 18th January (repeated Sun 22th January)

Archive - Bath Abbey first broadcast on 19th January 2011

Introit: Lux aurumque (Eric Whitacre)
Responses: Piccolo
Psalms: 98, 99, 100, 101 (Russell, Ouseley, Attwood, Stainer)
First Lesson: 1 Kings 19 vv9b-18
Office Hymn: Thou whom shepherds worshipped (Quem pastores)
Canticles: Joubert in C
Second Lesson: Mark 9 vv2-13
Anthem: The Beatitudes (Pärt)
Final hymn: O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (Was lebet)
Organ Voluntary: Fugue sur le thème du Carillon des Heures de la Cathédrale de Soissons (Duruflé)

Director of Music: Peter King
Sub-Organist: Marcus Sealy


Wed 25th January (repeated Sun 29th January)

Choral Vespers on the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul live from Westminster Cathedral


Introit: Sancte Paule Apostole (Palestrina)
Hymn: Excelsam Pauli gloriam (Plainsong)
Psalms 116, 126 (Plainsong)
Canticle: Ephesians 1 vv.3-10 (Plainsong)
Reading: 1 Corinthians 15 vv.9-10
Responsory: Confitebor tibi, Domine (Plainsong)
Magnificat octavi toni (Morales)
Motet: Buccinate in neomenia tuba (Croce)
Antiphon: Alma redemptoris Mater (Victoria)
Organ Voluntary: Prelude in E flat BWV 552 (Bach}

Master of Music: Martin Baker
Assistant Master of Music: Peter Stevens
Organ Scholar: Alexander Pott


Wed 1st Feb (repeated Sun 5th Feb)

Live from Chichester Cathedral on the Eve of the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple

Introit: Sicut audivimus (Byrd)
Responses: Philip Moore
Office Hymn: In our darkness light has shone (Upton Cheyney)
Psalm 118 (Hylton Stewart, Pye)
First Lesson: 1 Samuel 1 vv.19b-28
Canticles: Sumsion in G
Second Lesson: Hebrews 4 vv.11-18
Anthem: Suscepimus Deus (Byrd)
Hymn: Hail to the Lord who comes (Old 120th)
Organ Voluntary: Introduction, Passacagalia and Fugue (Healey Willan)

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


Wed 8th Feb (repeated Sun 12th Feb)

Live from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge

Introit: Late have I loved thee (Harry Bramma)
Responses: Tomkins
Psalms 42, 43 (Wesley)
First Lesson: 1 Samuel 1 vv.19b-28
Canticles: Blair in B minor
Second Lesson: Luke 2 vv.41-52
Anthem: Give unto the Lord (Elgar)
Hymn: Praise my soul, the King of heaven (Descant: Robinson}
Organ Voluntary: Rhapsody No 3 in C sharp minor (Howells)

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury
Organ scholars: Richard Gowers, Henry Websdale


Wed 15th Feb (repeated Sun 19th Feb)

Live from the Chapel of The Queen's College, Oxford

Introit: Behold, O God our defender(John Scott)
Response: Humphrey Clucas
Psalm 78 (Howells, Bairstow, Barnby, Walford Davies, Jackson)
First Lesson: Isaiah 58 vv.6–14
Canticles: Noble in B minor
Second Lesson: Matthew 25 vv.31-46
Anthem: Os justi (Bruckner)
Hymn: The duteous day now closeth (Innsbruck)
Organ Voluntary: Sonata No 5 - Finale (Francis Jackson)

Director of Music: Owen Rees
Assistant Organist: David Bednall


Wed 22nd Feb (repeated Sun 26th Feb)

Live from Rochester Cathedral

Introit: Holy is the true light (Peter Futcher)
Responses: Peter Nardone
Psalms 108, 109 (Ferguson, Barnby, Rimbault, Nares, Stainer)
First Lesson: Genesis 31 v.25 - 32 v.2
Canticles: Bairstow in G
Second Lesson: Titus 1
Anthems: Remembrance (Arthur Wills)
Lux Aeterna (John Rutter)
Organ Voluntary: Andante moderato in C minor (Bridge)

Director of Music: Scott Farrell
Assistant Sub Organist: James Norrey


Wed 1st March (repeated Sun 5th March)

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

Responses: Tomkins
Psalm 51: Miserere mei, Deus (Allegri) 
First Lesson: Isaiah 1 vv.10-18
Canticles: Second Service (Tomkins)
Second Lesson: Luke 15 vv.11-32
Anthem: Tribulationes civitatum (Byrd)
Hymn: Now is the healing time decreed (Jena)
Organ Voluntary: Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir BWV 686 (Bach)

Acting Director of Music: John Challenger
Herbert Howells Organ Scholar: Glen Dempsey


Wed 8th March (repeated Sun 12th March)

Live from Truro Cathedral on International Women's Day

Responses: Sasha Johnson Manning (first broadcast)
Office Hymn: Safe in the hands of God (Bunillidh)
Psalms 41, 42, 43 (Manning)
First Lesson: Genesis 11 vv.1-9
Truro Canticles (Dobrinka Tabakova - first broadcast)
Second Lesson: Matthew 24 vv.15-28
Anthem: Deus, Deus meus (Roxanna Panufnik)
Final Hymn: God is working his purpose out (Benson)
Organ Voluntary: Prelude and Fugue on 'O Traurigkeit, O Herzeleid' (Ethel Smyth)

Director of Music: Christopher Gray
Organist: Luke Bond


Wed 15th March (repeated Sun 19th March)

Winchester College - Live


Wed 22nd March (repeated Sun 26th March)

York Minster - Live


Wed 29th March (repeated Sun 2nd April)

Liverpool Metropolotain Cathedral - Live