In Sacred Spaces
Choral Evensong (Lincoln Cathedral)
Wednesday 2 June 2021 at 5:30pm
  Date:  Wednesday 2 June 2021
  Time: 5:30pm
  Venue:  Lincoln Cathedral, 4 Priorygate, Lincoln, LN2 1PL
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’s Cathedral visit in 2021 will be their first to Lincoln Cathedral, and will be their twelfth different Cathedral visited to sing Choral Evensong since 2011.

The visit falls just after the Church marks Trinity Sunday, and the choir are proposing to sing as the anthem John Ireland’s 1907 setting in F major of the Te Deum laudamus, which includes the following verses, most apposite for the season:
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry:
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full
of the Majesty of thy glory.

The Te Deum reveals Ireland’s indebtedness to the late nineteenth-century diatonic style of Stanford, Charles Wood and Bairstow, all of whom were active contributors to the Anglican repertoire at the time. It has a walking bass featured in the organ accompaniment, and there are some remarkably stirring moments, not least those in contemplation of man’s frailty and redemption (When Thou tookest upon Thee to deliver man) which are surely attributable to Ireland’s meditative character.

For the Canticles and Responses the choir will sing settings from their Evensong repertoire, including Henry Smart’s (1813-79) Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in Bb, and our own Musical Director’s setting of the Preces and Responses, written for the Peterborough Diocesan Choral Festival in 2016.

Please note that this proposed music list is subject to approval by the Cathedral, which will be some time early in 2021.


Northampton Bach Choir
- Ivan Linford
Conductor - Lee Dunleavy

Dunleavy - Preces and Responses
Psalm 81
Smart - Evening Service in Bb major
Ireland - Te Deum laudamus in F major