In Sacred Spaces
Choral Evensong (St Albans Cathedral)
Saturday 30 July 2022 at 4:00pm
  Date:  Saturday 30 July 2022
  Time: 4:00pm
  Venue:  St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1BY
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The Northampton Bach Choir are delighted to visit St Albans Cathedral for the first time. Their programme of cathedral visits In Sacred Spaces began in 2012, and including this visit they will have sung at ...

Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
Coventry Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral
Lichfield Cathedral
Peterborough Cathedral
St Albans Cathedral
St George’s Chapel, Windsor
St Paul’s Cathedral
Westminster Abbey
Winchester Cathedral
Worcester Cathedral

… as well as Choral Evensong services for the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire at All Saints’ Church, Northampton, and at St Matthew’s Church, Northampton.

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 our own Musical Director, and the psalms to chants by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) and Peter Hurford (1930-2019). Hurford was Organist and Master of the Choristers at St Albans Cathedral for twenty years from 1958. The anthem was new to the choir for their visit to Peterborough Cathedral, and gets its second airing on this visit: Charles Wood’s (1866-1926) Expectans expectavi.

The service is particularly special as during the proceedings the remains of the 15th century Abbot John of Wheathampstead will be laid to rest in the Chantry Chapel near to the Shrine of St Alban. Abbot John’s Chapel remained undiscovered for 480 years until excavation work on the new Welcome Centre in the early 2020s uncovered his burial site. Three papal bulls that Pope Martin V had given him forty years before his death in January 1465 were found with his skeleton.


Northampton Bach Choir
- Ivan Linford
Conductor - Lee Dunleavy

Dunleavy - Preces and Responses
Psalm 148 & 150
Smart - Evening Service in Bb
Wood - Expectans expectavi