Featured Choral Evensong Podcast from November 20, 2019

Featured Choral Evensong Podcast from Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Trinity Cathedral Choir

St. Cecilia

This week’s featured Evensong took place last November 20th, when we commemorated St. Cecilia, patron saint of musicians. The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis are the beautiful plainsong/fauxbourdon setting by Thomas Tallis. The anthem that evening, sung by the Trinity Chamber Singers, was Benjamin Britten’s Hymn to Saint Cecilia, composed in 1942 and setting the descriptive and colorful poem “Anthem for St. Cecilia’s Day” by W.H. Auden. The combination of Auden’s text and Britten’s music is, as usual, magical.

The Trinity Chamber Singers
Todd Wilson, director

Nicole Keller, organist

Homilist: The Very Rev. John Downey, Dean (ret.), St. Paul’s Cathedral, Erie

Preces and Responses: Gerre Hancock (1934-2012)

Service: Fauxbourdon Service – Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)

Anthem: Hymn to St. Cecilia – Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Hymns: 420, Give thanks for music-making art (text: Brian Wren; tune: Todd Wilson)

Psalm: 150 (Stanford)


Evensong Order of Service


Opening Preces

Office Hymn


First Lesson


Second Lesson

Nunc Dimittis                       

Apostle’s Creed

Responses, Lord’s Prayer, and Collects

Collect for the Day




Spoken Prayers

Concluding Versicle and Response