The First Church Choir sings Choral Evensong as they prepare to depart for their residencies at Norwich and Lincoln Cathedrals. The imposing exterior of Lincoln Cathedral is pictured at left. The Preces by Kenneth Leighton will be sung, as will the unaccompanied, Latin language Merton College (Oxford) Canticles by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds (b. 1977). Tyler W. Robertson will be featured as the organist.
Choral Evensong, or sung evening prayer, is intended as a daily liturgy in the Anglican church. When Thomas Cranmer penned the first Book of Common Prayer in 1549, he combined all of the hourly monastic prayer services into two daily services, Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. In most British Cathedrals, Choral Evensong is sung six days a week. It is increasingly popular in the United States, and has spread beyond The Episcopal Church into some protestant churches with traditional liturgies and music.
The First Church Choir is a 43-member mixed-voice, adult choir that sings for the 11am service on the first, second, and fourth Sundays during their season. They bring us the Anglican service of Choral Evensong seven times this year, as well as the cantata Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott by J.S. Bach, and their signature event on Sunday, December 17, at 4pm – the Annual Festival of Christmas Lessons and Carols. Don’t miss the end-of-year concert, Te Deum laudamus! on Sunday, May 6th, at 4 p.m. as they present Te Deum’s by Britten, Rutter, and Ēriks Ešenvalds. The Choir will depart for their residencies at Norwich Cathedral and Lincoln Cathedral on July 12, 2018.