Featured Choral Evensong from Wednesday, November 20, 2019
This week’s featured Choral Evensong was sung by the Trinity Chamber Singers exactly one year ago, on Nov. 20, 2019, when we commemorated Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music (her official day is Nov. 22). The Very Rev’d John Downey was homilist (retired Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Erie, PA). The Responses were sung to the setting by Gerre Hancock, great American organist, teacher and church musician (1934-2012). The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis were the elegantly simple Fauxbourdon Service by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585). The anthem was Benjamin Britten’s “Hymn to St. Cecilia”, his vivid musical setting of a poem by W.H. Auden. Britten (1913-1976) was born on St. Cecilia’s Day. This timeless and colorful music was written while Britten was crossing the dangerous waters of the North Atlantic in the winter of 1942, returning to England after having spent a few years in the United States.
Continuing the musical theme of this service, the final hymn is a tune composed by Trinity’s Director of Music, Todd Wilson, to the text “Give thanks for music-making art” by Brian Wren, one of the outstanding American writers of hymn texts in our time.
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
Responses, Lord’s Prayer, and Collects
Collect for the Day
Concluding Versicle and Response
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