The Cathedral Singers perform the Office of Choral Evensong on most Sundays during term. For over four centuries Evensong has been one of the principal services and glories of the Anglican Church. Originating in the sixteenth century as a fusion of the medieval services of Vespers and Compline, the various parts of Evensong express the thanksgiving and petitions of the people of God in words that have been shaped and refined by long usage. In the ancient English cathedrals and some collegiate churches the practice of singing Evensong to elaborate music, called ‘Choral Evensong’, is a daily rather than a weekly, occurrence. Choral Evensong is not limited to England but is sung around the English-speaking world.

Much of the service is sung by the choir alone. This may suggest that Choral Evensong is more a liturgical concert than a service – a tradition that has long outgrown its usefulness in today’s world. But it is important to understand the nature of the service. You worship chiefly by listening, meditating, praying, and letting the music and words take your minds and souls into God’s presence. In Choral Evensong we join in a truly communal form of worship that has become part of the fabric of the Anglican way of life, and is practised in many parts of the world.


Blow Let my prayer come up

Dutch trad. (arr. Wood) This joyful Eastertide

Farrant Hide not thou thy face

Harris Behold, the tabernacle of God

Isom King of all ages

Mathias As truly as God is our Father

Mendelssohn Above all praise and all majesty

Mendelssohn Richte mich, Gott

Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Hear my prayer

Parry My soul, there is a country

Ravenscroft Remember, O thou man

Rutter The Lord bless you and keep you

Stanford Ye choirs of new Jerusalem

Wesley Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace

Wood O thou, the central orb

Andreas Canticles

Brewer Canticles in D

Dyson Canticles in C minor

Morley Canticles

Noble Canticles in B minor

Stainer Canticles in B-flat

Stanford Canticles in C

Walmisley Canticles in D minor

Ayleward Responses

Gibson Responses

Phillip (Ferial) Responses

Smith (arr. Marlow) Responses

Tallis (Ferial) Responses

Cutler Psalm 146

Garrett Psalm 67

Howels Psalm 86

Lawes Psalm 104

Parry Psalm 84

Robinson Psalm 68

Stanford Psalm 54

Turle Psalm 39

Turle Psalm 47


Fauré  Requiem 

Mozart  Requiem

Rutter  Feel the Spirit

Vierne  Messe Solennelle