In Sacred Spaces
Choral Evensong (St Paul’s Cathedral)
Monday 22 May 2023 at 5:00pm
  Date:  Monday 22 May 2023
  Time: 5:00pm
  Venue:  St Paul’s Cathedral, St Paul’s Churchyard, London, EC4M 8AD
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The Northampton Bach Choir have been singing in the sacred spaces of England since 2011, and over those years have sung at Christ Church Oxford, Coventry, Gloucester, Lichfield, Peterborough, St Albans, Winchester, and Worcester Cathedrals, as well as at Westminster Abbey and St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

Our first visit was planned to be to St Paul’s Cathedral in October 2011, but the “Occupy London” protests closed the Cathedral, and we instead sang at Gloucester. We did, however, make it to St Paul’s in October 2012, and again in October 2015, and we are delighted to be returning again in May 2023.

The programme listed below is subject to confirmation. Our programming for cathedral visits continues to be guided by bringing things which are not regularly sung in the repertoire of cathedral choirs where possible.

Over the 2022/23 season we are featuring music which expands the canon, and in our Choral Evensong visits we sing the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by mixed-race composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) who was born in Holborn (less than a mile from St Paul’s Cathedral) and lived for most of his life in Croydon (which is in the Diocese of Southwark). The anthem is a setting of Psalm 150 by legendary Canadian composer and pianist Ruth Watson Henderson (b. 1932), and the Responses are by Humphrey Clucas (b. 1941), written when the composer was an undergraduate and choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge.


Northampton Bach Choir
- Hilary Punnett

Preces and Responses - Humphrey Clucas
Psalm 63
Evening Service in F - Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Psalm 150 - Ruth Watson Henderson