Youth Choir Evensong

St. James's, Richmond

1205 West Franklin Street 
Richmond, VA 23220
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Since Old Testament times, the people of God have offered praise and prayers as the day draws to an end. In the sixth century, St. Benedict laid down an order for evening prayer, which has been followed in monastic communities, cathedrals and many parish churches ever since. The core of Evensong consists of a hymn, psalms, a reading from Scripture, the Song of Mary (Magnificat), Song of Simeon (Nunc dimittis) the Lord's Prayer and concluding prayers. On November 19, the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis will be from the Evening Service in A, composed by Herbert Sumsion (1899-1995). Sumsion was organist at Gloucester Cathedral, where St. James's Choir was in residence in 2003.The anthem will be Venite Exultemus Dominois, a setting of Psalm 95:1-3 by the Dutch Baroque composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621). Sweelinck spent his entire career as organist at the Old Church in Amsterdam. As an organist and teacher, he was celebrated throughout Europe and was teacher of many of the leading organists of Northern Europe.

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