Choral Evensong at CCC

Choral Evensong is sung weekly by the St.Christopher Singers. Upcoming music is listed below
Sunday, March 12

Introit: Thomas Tudway (1650-1726) “I heard a voice from heaven”

Responses: Richard Ayleward (1626-1669)

Canticles: Henry Purcell “Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in B flat”

Anthem: Henry Aldrich (1647-1710) “Out of the deep”

 

Sunday, March 19

Introit: John Dowland (1563-1626) “Put me not to rebuke, O Lord”

Responses: John Holmes (d. 1629)

Canticles: Richard Farrant (1530-1580) “The Short Service”

Lord’s Prayer: John Farmer (1570?-1605)

Anthem: Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) “Domine, ne in furore tuo”

 

Sunday, March 26

Introit: Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876) “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace”

Responses: John Stainer (1840-1901)

Canticles: Charles Wood (1866-1926) Magnificat Tone VI; Nunc Dimittis Tone V

Anthem: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) “Hear my prayer”

 

Sunday, April 2

Introit: Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594) “Miserere mei”

Responses: John Holmes (d. 1629)

Canticles: Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) The Short Service

Lord’s Prayer: John Farmer (1570?-1605)

Anthem: Lassus “Domine, exaudi orationem meam”

For Lent the music is based on the seven Penitential Psalms through these Services.  


 To listen to recordings of Evensong Services, please visit ourRecorded Services Page.

 Diarmaid MacCulloch (Mumpsimus, Sumpsimus):

"For those who view a well-signposted theological motorway, straight asan arrow, as an unconvincing route to divinity, or who are repelled by
the bleak certainties and bullying self-righteousness of much organised
religion, choral evensong according to the Prayer Book affords
understated hospitality, of that gentle, accepting sort described by
George Herbert, who lived his life by the 1559 BCP, and wrote much verse
about how to use it:

Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-ey'd Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,
If I lack'd any thing …
You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat: So I did sit and eat.

'Love (III)', from _The Temple_ (1633)."

 

“Evensong hangs on the wall of life like an old, familiar cloak passed through the generations. Rich with prayer and scripture, it is nevertheless totally nonthreatening. It is a service into which all can stumble without censure – a rambling old house where everyone can find some corner to sit and think, to listen with half-attention, trailing a few absentminded fingers of faith or doubt in its passing stream.” (Stephen Hough, pianist.)


March 2016: John Bingham of The Daily Telegraph describes Choral Evensong is encouraging a quiet revival in Oxford and Cambridge chapels. Please click the following link to read the article. If you are unable to access the article via the link, you can click here to open a PDF version.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/12176998/Looking-for-Britains-future-leaders-Try-evensong.html


Apostates for Evensong:   http://www.theage.com.au/it-pro/apostates-for-evensong-20110902-1jpix.html

St. Christopher Singers

epiph 12The St Christopher Singers are responsible for singing the weekly Anglican Service of Choral Evensong here in Christ Church Cathedral.  Under the direction of Madeleine Humer and Michael Gormley, the Singers have become accomplished performers of the unique music written for this contemplative evening service. 

Throughout the year, the St Christopher Singers explore the rich heritage of works written from the Tudor period through to the present day, including canticles and anthems by Orlando Gibbons, William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Robert Parsons, Christopher Tye, Adrian Batten, Michael Wise, William Boyce, John Stainer, Thomas Attwood Walmisley, Henry Smart, Charles Villiers Stanford, Herbert Sumsion, Herbert Howells and Kenneth Leighton

Every January the St Christopher Singers helps the Cathedral celebrate the Epiphany season presenting the popular Service of Epiphany Readings and Music.

In 2006, the St Christopher Singers performed with Fretwork, one of the world's premier period instrument ensembles, as part of the Early Music Society of the Islands concert series (Renaissance Music from the Chapel Royal).  In 2008, 2010 and 2013, Fretwork has returned to the Cathedral and accompanied the St Christopher Singers at special Choral Evensong Services. 

Each year the St Christopher Singers performs a special Evensong of baroque music with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra as part of the Pacific Baroque Festival.  This Service traditionally attracts over 700 persons. 

For more information on the St. Christopher Singers, please contact: Brian Groos  

“Joining St.Christopher’s was one of the most important parts of my musical education here in Victoria and many of the exciting and memorable opportunities I have had here were direct results of being a member of the group. My experiences with this choir have also given me a head start for the future.” Rebecca Genge, University of Toronto

“I'm finding that I have arrived with a very good foundation concerning style and I attribute that to St. Christopher Singers!” Elizabeth Humphries, Royal Northern College of Music.
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