Featured Choral Evensong from October 27, 2020
This week’s featured Evensong was recorded on October 27 with a small group of 4 and 5 “distanced” singers from the Cathedral Choir. This was our first experiment using more than 1 or 2 singers at a time, and our first Evensong of any sort in the Cathedral since last March. Thinking of the significant events of last week, the hymns and anthem were planned with All Saints’ Day in mind, and the collects and prayers connect with All Saints and the life of our nation. I am grateful to Trinity member Timothy Robson for his time and talents in reading the lessons and prayers.
The responses are sung to the iconic setting by Richard Ayleward, and the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis are the concise yet expressive setting by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625), one of the greatest of all English composers. The anthem “There is a land of pure delight” sets a poem by Isaac Watts to music by Grayston Ives (b. 1948). I hope you’ll find these words both appropriate and moving as we remember the many Saints, past and present, who have been and continue to be such important parts of our lives.
Director of Music
Todd Wilson, director, organ
Kristine Caswelch, soprano
Matthew Jones, tenor
Nicole Keller, soprano, organ
Brian MacGilvray, baritone
John McElliott, counter-tenor
Timothy Robson, lector
Preces and Responses: Richard Ayleward (1626-1669)
Service: Short Service – Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
Anthem: There is a Land of Pure Delight – Grayston Ives (b. 1948)
Psalm 121 (Walford Davies)
Hymns: 253, 232
Evensong Order of Service
Responses, Lord’s Prayer, and Collects
Concluding Versicle and Response
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