The Cathedral Choir will sing Choral Evensong for the Feast of the Epiphany this Sunday, 9 January at 4:00 pm. Music sung for this Evensong is mainly from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, will include the Short Service by Orlando Gibbons, accompanied on the Cathedral's Taylor & Boody continuo organ, and the anthem Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern/How brightly shines the morning star by Christoph Graupner, a contemporary of J.S. Bach. The complete list of repertoire is:
Introit: Behold, the Lord, the Ruler is come - Palestrina/arr. Stephen Cleobury
Preces & Responses - Richard Ayleward
Psalm 96 - chant by Alistair Nelson
Magnificat & Nunc dimittis: Short Service - Orlando Gibbons
Anthem: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern - Christoph GraupnerChoral
Evensong has been in use in the Anglican Church (of which the Episcopal Church is part) since the 1550’s, and 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. Evensong provides a quiet end to the weekend, as well as a refreshment for the week to come.