Featured Choral Evensong Podcast from February 20, 2019

Featured Choral Evensong from Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Frederick Douglass

This week’s featured Choral Evensong service was sung by the Trinity Cathedral Choir on February 20, 2019, when we commemorated Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), the great American abolitionist, orator, writer and statesman. The homilist that evening was the Rev. Rosalind Hughes, Rector of the Church of the Epiphany, Euclid.

Musical items in the service included the Preces and Responses by Richard Ayleward (1626-1669). Herbert Howells (1892-1883) was known as one of the most distinctive musical voices in Anglican church music during the 20th century. He famously wrote a series of Evensong  canticle settings dedicated to English cathedrals and collegiate chapels, with the particular acoustic and choir of each building in mind. This service includes Howells’ Gloucester Service, written for the gloriously spacious acoustic of the cathedral in which he grew up. The anthem is the “Geistliches Lied” (Sacred Song) by Johannes Brahms. Not only is this remarkable work a double canon, it is simply one of the most beautiful choral pieces ever written, concluding with a sublime Amen.

Trinity Cathedral Choir
Todd Wilson, choirmaster; Nicole Keller, organist
Homilist: The Rev. Rosalind Hughes (Church of the Epiphany, Euclid)

Preces and Responses: Richard Ayleward

Service: Herbert Howells “Gloucester Service”

Anthem: Geistliches Lied, Op. 30 – Johannes Brahms

Psalm 85: 7-13

Hymns: 529, 571


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



Organ Voluntary

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