In Sacred Spaces
Choral Evensong (Westminster Abbey)
Tuesday 30 July 2019 at 5:00pm
 
 
  Date:  Tuesday 30 July 2019
  Time: 5.00pm
  Venue:  Westminster Abbey, SW1P 3PA
 
Tickets: This is an act of worship and admission is free, though you are encouraged to support the work of the Abbey by giving generously in the collection. There will be a collection during one of the hymns sung in the service.
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Previous Concert
 
   
The music selected for the service of Choral Evensong at Westminster Abbey is, in the majority, the same programme is sung at Winchester Cathedral, earlier in the year. The canticles sung at the service are Henry Smart's (1813-79) dramatic Evening Service in Bb with its fanfare introduction, the Preces and Responses by Richard Ayleward (1626-69), and the anthem O Lord, look down from heaven by Jonathan Battishill (1738-1801), of which William McVicker says:
 
Listening to Jonathan Battishill’s anthem […], one could easily be forgiven for mistaking it as an anthem from the Elizabethan period

Battishill was primarily a composer for the theatre, and he writes in a stunningly vivid style, with up to nine separate vocal lines being punctuated by dramatic silences.

Programme:

Northampton Bach Choir

Organist - Ivan Linford
Conductor - Lee Dunleavy
 
Ayleward - Preces and Responses
Smart - Evening Service in Bb
Battishill - O Lord, look down from heaven