In Sacred Spaces
Choral Evensong (Southwell Minster)
Saturday 17 October 2020 at 5:30pm
  Date:  Saturday 17 October 2020
  Time: 5:30pm
  Venue:  Southwell Minster, Church St, Southwell NG25 0HD
Tickets: This is an act of worship and admission is free, though you are encouraged to support the work of Southwell Minster by giving generously in the collection. There will be a collection during one of the hymns sung in the service.
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The choir are delighted to have been invited to sing Choral Evensong at Southwell Minster on the eve of St Luke’s Day. The service begins at 5:30pm. As St Luke is physicians and surgeons, and is commonly associated with healing, we are looking forward to singing Sir William Harris’s masterpiece, Strengthen ye the weak hands. It was written in 1949 for the opening service of the Canterbury Festival, which that year focused on Science and the Art of Healing. It employs familiar words from the Book of the prophet Isaiah and the Book of Common Prayer, alongside verses from the book Ecclesiasticus, including these lines:
The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth … and He hath given men skill, that He might be honoured in His marvellous works.

As with other visits, the remainder of the programme includes music from our ‘touring’ repertoire; Henry Smart’s neglected setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in B flat major, and a setting of the Preces and Responses by our own Musical Director, written for a massed voices Festival in the Diocese of Peterborough.

In advance of the visit to Southwell, the choir will be singing the same programme of music (minus the Introït) at St Matthew’s Church, Northampton, on Sunday 11 October 2020 at 5:30pm. All are welcome to both visits, which are free, though a collection is usually received at each service.


Northampton Bach Choir
- Ivan Linford
Conductor - Lee Dunleavy

Dunleavy - Preces and Responses
Psalm 33
Smart - Evening Service in Bb
Harris - Strengthen ye the weak hands