The Final Evensong of the 2017-18 Season: 'Belfast Canticles’
The last choral evensong of the program year, at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, will offer the “Belfast Canticles” of Philip Stopford, a contemporary English sacred music choral conductor and choir director. He is known for his contemporary a capella and accompanied settings of traditional Latin and English prayers and hymns.
The “Belfast Canticles” offer “a lyrical yet energetic Magnificat and a noble, gorgeous Nunc Dimittis,” the music publisher says. “A delight to sing and to hear.” Stopford, born in 1977, began his musical career as a member of the choir of Westminster Abbey, and later graduated in music from Keble College, Oxford. He formerly served as the choral director of St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is now music director at Christ Episcopal Church in Bronxville, N.Y. The service includes the Responses of Philip Radcliffe and “O sacrum convivium” by Thomas Pavlechko.
An organ prelude at 4:45 p.m., by guest organist Marco Jimenez, a student of music director Dwight Thomas, will include his own works and those of Louis Vierne.
The Cathedral Chamber Choir sings. A freewill offering is taken, and a light reception follows.