Evening Service (2009)

February 16th, 2018

Evening Service (2009)

A setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimmitis


SATB, Organ

fp. Choir of Selwyn College Cambridge, Sarah MacDonald, Selwyn College Chapel, Cambridge, UK, 22 October 2011

US.p. MiContraFa, JR Ankney, St James Episcopal Church, Lancaster, PA, USA, 12 January 2014

lon.p. Choir of Selwyn College Cambridge, Sarah MacDonald, St Paul’s Cathedral, London, UK, 17 March 2014

A recording of this work is available on Phillip Cooke, Choral Music released on Regent Records, REGCD411 and available to buy here.

Evening Service (2009) (pdf)


My setting of the Evening Service is a relatively simple piece, largely homophonic and rooted in a claustrophobic modal C# minor. The work is more influenced by the sensual, evocative nature of these two well-worn poems then any strong liturgical impulse. That being said, the mood, ambience and acoustic of a great cathedral haunt the piece like a benevolent spirit, its influence tangible, yet distant and ethereal – like much of the English choral repertoire of the past hundred years.


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