Featured Choral Evensong from Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
This week’s featured Choral Evensong service took place on April 10, 2019, and was sung by the men of the Cathedral Choir. The Rev. Charlotte Collins Reed, rector of Christ Church, Hudson, provided the homily as we remembered Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the famous French philosopher, priest, paleontologist and geologist.
The canticles are sung to the setting in C minor by Sir George Dyson. Dyson (1883-1964) served in World War I, during which time he authored one of the first training manuals on grenade warfare. He later served as director of the Royal College of Music, guiding that institution through the difficult years of World War II. His son, Freeman Dyson, was a world-renowned physicist and mathematician who just died this past February at the age of 96.
The anthem is the tuneful and sturdy “Vox Ultima Crucis” by Sir William H. Harris (1883-1973). Harris, known affectionately as “Doc H” by his generations of choristers, was organist at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, for nearly 30 years, during which time he played an important role in the musical education of the young princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. He took part in the music for both the 1937 (George VI) and 1953 (Elizabeth II) coronations.
Men of the Trinity Cathedral Choir
Todd Wilson, choirmaster
Nicole Keller, organist
Homilist: The Rev. Charlotte Collins Reed (Christ Church, Hudson)
Preces and Responses: Plainsong
Service: George Dyson in C minor (1883-1964)
Anthem: Vox Ultima Crucis – William H. Harris (1883-1973)
Psalm 65 (Plainsong)
Hymns: 26, 149
Evensong Order of Service
Responses, Lord’s Prayer, and Collects
Collect for the Day
Concluding Versicle and Response
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