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Evensong is offered on the fourth Sundays: October 22, November 26, January 28, February 25, April 22 (no evensongs in December or March).
October Evensong: A Nod to Luther, a Salute to Howells
Our yearly series of choral evensongs continues at 5 p.m. Sun-day, October 22. In observance of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, on October 31, the prelude at 4:45 p.m. is various set-tings of Ein Feste Burg — "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," the most famous hymn written by Martin Luther. The service of even-song includes music by well-loved composers of sacred music for evensong. For October, the service is Herbert Howells' "Gloucester" service; the anthem is Edward Bairstow's "Let all mortal flesh keep silence"; and the concluding hymn is No. 545, "Lo! What a cloud of witnesses." Howells (1892-1983) was a celebrated organist, composer, and teacher best known for his Anglican church music. You can hear a preview of the Magnificat from the "Gloucester" service and see images of Gloucester Cathedral here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpvbeC5JaHA The Cathedral Chamber Choir will sing, directed by Dwight Thomas, music director and organist. A reception follows.