In Sacred Spaces
Choral Evensong (Peterborough Cathedral)
Sunday 29 May 2022 at 3:30pm
  Date:  Sunday 29 May 2022
  Time: 3:30pm
  Venue:  Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, PE1 1XS
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Northampton is situated in the Church of England’s Diocese of Peterborough, and yet this was our first occasion singing Choral Evensong at Peterborough Cathedral, though a number of our members did sing as part of a massed choir Choral Evensong there back in 2016. This service was a special for one of our stalwart sopranos, as during the service her son, The Revd Haydon Spenceley, was be licensed to a new rôle in the Diocese of Peterborough. As Diocesan Director of Ordinands Haydon he now oversees the discernment, selection, and preparation of women and men for ordained public ministry in the Church of England.

The canticles sung at the service were Henry Smart’s (1813-79) dramatic Evening Service in Bb with its fanfare introduction, and Preces and Responses by our own Musical Director, which return to their home (they were commissioned for the 2016 Peterborough Diocesan Choral Festival). The anthem was new to the choir, and is of a text especially fitting for Revd Haydon’s licensing, Charles Wood’s (1866-1926) Expectans expectavi, which sets these words:
This sanctuary of my soul,
Unwitting I keep white and whole,
Unlatched and lit, if Thou should'st care
To enter or to tarry there.
With parted lips and outstretch'd hands,
And listening ears Thy servant stands.
Call Thou early, call Thou late,
to Thy great service dedicate.
My soul, keep white, and whole.


Northampton Bach Choir
- Ivan Linford
Conductor - Lee Dunleavy

Dunleavy - Preces and Responses
Psalm 68
Smart - Evening Service in Bb
Wood - Expectans expectavi