Ripon Cathedral will reach an international congregation on Wednesday 21st January when BBC Radio 3’s Choral Evensong is broadcast live at 3.30pm. The Cathedral’s Director of Music, Andrew Bryden says, “The choristers are very excited about this broadcast, and I am looking forward to showcasing the choir to a wider audience. The sound of the choir has really come together, especially over Advent and Christmas with the additional services and challenging repertoire we have been taking on.”
The Very Reverend John Dobson, Dean of Ripon, comments, “We look forward to welcoming the wide audience of Radio 3’s Choral Evensong to join our congregation in worship. This sacred place has, of course, been at the cutting edge of communications for over 1300 years, from St Wilfrid’s monks who pioneered writing, through to our use of the internet and social media today. Radio 3’s Choral Evensong does much to take acts of worship into the lives of people unable to attend a church service physically, and is an important part of retaining the proper place of Christian worship in our national life.”
The service is open to anyone to attend, and those wishing to attend the service should take their seats by 3.15pm.
The broadcast goes out live on BBC Radio 3 at 3.30pm on Wednesday 21st January and is repeated on Sunday 25th January at 3pm. It is also available to listen online for 4 weeks after the broadcast.
The music being sung at the service is:
Introit: O nata lux de lumine (Tallis)
Office Hymn: Tis good, Lord, to be here (Carlisle)
Psalm 106 (Mann; Goss; Armes)
Lessons: 1 Kings 19 vv9b – 18, Mark 9 vv2 – 13
Canticles: Stanford in A
Anthem: Blessed City, heavenly Salem (Bairstow)
Hymn: Jesu, these eyes have never seen (Nun danket all)
Organ Voluntary: Nuages ensoleillés sur le Cap Nègre from ‘Promenades en Provence’ (Reuchsel)