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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.

On radio

All upcoming (1 new and 2 repeats)

Future Choral Evensong Schedule

Wed 22nd Oct

Chelmsford Cathedral

(rpt Sun 26th Oct)

within the veil (John Jordan)

Responses (Peter Nardone)

Office Hymn:  Sing praise to Christ (Engelberg)

Psalms 108, 109 (Bertalot; Hylton Stewart; Hemmings)

First lesson:  Proverbs 30 vv5-9

Canticles:  St John’s College Service (Howells)

Second lesson:   Luke 9 vv1-6

Anthem:  Be strong and of good courage (Darke)

Final responses (Rose)

Hymn:  God whose city’s sure foundation (Regent Square)

Organ Voluntary:  Sonata no. 6 in D minor opus 65.(Mendelssohn)

Organist and Master of the Choristers, James Davy

Assistant Organist, Laurence Lyndon-Jones


Wed 29th Oct

Royal School of Church Music Millennium Youth Choir at Gloucester Cathedral - recorded Sun 17th Aug

(rpt Sun 2nd Nov)

Introit:  Holy is the true light (Harris)

Responses:  Kerensa Briggs

Psalms 148, 150 (Stanford)

First lesson:  Isaiah 65.17-25

Canticles: Gloucester Service (Owain Park)

Second lesson:  Hebrews 11.32-12.2

Anthems:  We love the place, O God (Sumsion)

Justorum animae (Stanford)

Hymn:  For all the saints (Sine nomine)

Organ Voluntary:  Festivo (Ronald Corp)

David Ogden (Director of Music)

Daniel Moult (Organist)


Wed 5th Nov

a recording from the Choral Evensong archive

(rpt. Sun 9th Nov)

An archive broadcast from Christ Church Cathedral Oxford, first transmitted in 1974.

Responses: Byrd

Psalms: 32, 33, 34 (Wood; Camidge; Parratt)

First Lesson: Genesis 41.46-57

Canticles: Sancti Johannis Cantabrigiense (Tippett)

Second Lesson: Revelation 4

Anthem: Laudibus in Sanctis (Byrd)

Organ Voluntary: Rhapsody in C sharp minor (Howells)

Organist: Simon Preston

Assistant Organist: Nicholas Cleobury


Wed 12th Nov

Durham Cathedral

(rpt. Sun 16th Nov)

Responses:  Francis Jackson

Psalms:  65, 66 and 67 (Taylor; Gray; Camidge)

First lesson:  Isaiah 6       

Canticles:  John Casken

Second lesson:  Matthew 5.21-37

Anthem:  Jesu, the very thought of thee (Cecilia McDowall)

Hymn:  The sun is sinking fast (Binham)

Organ Voluntary:  Sacrificium (John Casken)

Master of the Choristers and Organist:  James Lancelot

Sub-Organist:  Francesca Massey


Wed 19th Nov

Clare College, Cambridge

(rpt. Sun 23rd Nov)

Introit: Let all the world in every corner sing (Nico Muhly) - first broadcast

Responses: Joshua Pacey - first broadcast

Psalms 98, 99, 100, 101 (Stanford; Lloyd; Attwood; Hopkins)

First Lesson: Isaiah 2: 1-11

Office Hymn: As we remember, Lord, thy faithful handmaid (Iste Confessor)

Canticles: William Denis Browne in A

Second Lesson: John 6: 22-34

Anthem: The fear of the Lord (Howells)

Final Hymn: How shall I sing that majesty (Coe Fen)

Blessing: A Clare Benediction (John Rutter)

Organ Voluntary: Prélude et Danse Fuguée (Gaston Litaize)

Director of Music: Graham Ross

Senior Organ Scholar: Matthew Jorysz

Cello: Benjamin Michaels


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


Wed 3rd Dec

Westminster Abbey

(rpt. Sun 7th Dec)


Weds 10th Dec

St Martin-in-the-fields, London

(rpt. Sun 15th Dec)


Weds 17th Dec

Manchester Cathedral

(rpt. Sun 21st Dec)


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