Choral Evensong for Lent & Cathedral Connect

Sunday, March 3

Join the cathedral community twice for fellowship and refreshments, hosted by the cathedral vergers, this Sunday in the beautiful undercroft.

-Following the 11:15am service.
-Beginning at 3pm prior to the choral evensong (details below).

At 4pm, the Cathedral Choir will sing Choral Evensong for the season of Lent. Choral Evensong has been in use in the Anglican Church (of which the Episcopal Church is part) since the 1550’s. It is still sung every day in nearly every Cathedral in England.

The Service consists of prayers, two readings from scripture, hymns and texts sung by the Choir. Unlike most other services today, most of Evensong is sung by the Choir alone, giving the congregation a chance for peaceful meditation and reflection. Music for this Evensong will include the anthem “Like as the hart” by the UK composer Herbert Howells, one of the best -loved composers of the past century. Howells’ music remains treasured by choirs the world over, the this is one of his most beloved pieces. Other music will include the Magnificat & Nunc dimittis in b minor by T. Tertius Noble, who had been the Director of Music at York Minster in the UK before moving to New York City in the 1920’s to become Organist/Choirmaster at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. His long tenure in the United States saw him continue to write prolifically, including pieces specially composed for the Cathedral.

Also featuring prominently in the service will be organ written by women composers as we observe Woman’s History Month. Both the cathedral connect gathering and the Evensong are free and open to all.