Choral Services

Choral Evensong
featuring the music of Henry Purcell 
Sunday, March 4 at 4 p.m. (Prelude at 3:30 p.m.)

As England’s greatest composer of Baroque music, Henry Purcell is admired for his dramatic settings of texts, both in the Cathedral and opera house. With the desperate verse of Psalm 102, Purcell’s imagination is raised to its highest level for the unfinished funeral anthem, Hear my prayer, O Lord.

   JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH – Passiontide chorales from Das Orgelbüchlein
   HENRY PURCELL – Hear my prayer, O Lord
   HENRY PURCELL –  Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in G minor
   HENRY PURCELL –  Jehova, quam multi sunt

Choral Evensong for Palm Sunday 
featuring the music of Kenneth Leighton 
Sunday, March 25 at 4 p.m.

We mark the beginning of Holy Week on this Palm Sunday with the anguished and angular music of twentieth-century composer Kenneth Leighton.

   KENNETH LEIGHTON – Drop, drop slow tears
   KENNETH LEIGHTON –  Second Service
   KENNETH LEIGHTON –  Solus ad victimam


Choral Evensong
featuring the music of Leo Sowerby 
Sunday, May 6 at 4 p.m. (Prelude at 3:20 p.m.)

Fifty years after his death, St. James Cathedral honors the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and “Dean of American Church Music,” Leo Sowerby, who was Organist-Choirmaster from 1927-1962. Coming of age with American music, Sowerby’s uniquely American style is in full display in Eternal Light, written in honor of Clarence Dickinson, a founding member of the American Guild of Organists and also Organist-Choirmaster at St. James.

   LEO SOWERBY – Organ Symphony in G major
   LEO SOWERBY –  Eternal Light
   LEO SOWERBY –  Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in E
   LEO SOWERBY –  I was glad

Choral Evensong  
Sunday, June 3 at 4 p.m. (Prelude at 3:30 p.m.)

2018 marks the centennial of American composer Leonard Bernstein. This service will feature Chichester Psalms, composed in 1965 for the combined choirs of Chichester, Winchester, and Salisbury Cathedrals. It elegantly sets six psalms from the Hebrew Bible through the lens of the Anglican Choral style.

   WILLIAM WALTON – Chichester Service
   LEONARD BERNSTEIN –  Chichester Psalms