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
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The music selected for the service of Choral Evensong at Westminster Abbey is, in the majority, the same programme as was sung at Winchester Cathedral, earlier in the year. In keeping with the church calendar, the appointed Psalm is 72, and will be sung to a chant by Sir Ivor Atkins (1869-1953), a former organist of Worcester Cathedral, and the dedicatee of a number of works by Sir Edward Elgar.

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 - in a change from originally listed programme - is Francis Jackson’s vivid setting of Sing praise to God who reigns above, composed for Exeter Cathedral Voluntary Choir in 1981. Dr Jackson was organist of York Minster from 1946 to 1983, and continues to compose as he approaches his 102nd birthday later this year.


Organist - Peter Holder
Conductor - Lee Dunleavy

Ayleward - Preces and Responses
Psalm 72 (chant by Atkins)
Smart - Evening Service in Bb
Jackson - Sing praise to God who reigns above