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Come & Sing Choral Evensong

Saturday 18 May 2019 11am-6pm (Registration from 10.30 am; Evensong at 5pm)

Music for Music for All @ SMSG's first Come & Sing Choral Evensong will include Stanford's majestic Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis setting in C major for SATB choir along with Brahms' beautiful Anthem 'How Lovely are thy dwellings' from his German Requiem of the 1860s. Singers will also chant the psalmody for day and lead the congregation in Tallis' Ferial responses. There may also be one or two hymns. It is a wonderful opportunity to sing with the beautifully restored Fr Willis Pipe Organ at SMSG.

The Come & Sing Choral Evensong choir will be directed for the day by Jonathan Kingston, Director of Music at SMSG and leader of the last two Come & Sing! days here. The organist for the day will be Graham Griggs, who was Director of Music at several top UK independent schools and in retirement continues to examine for the Royal Schools of Music.
Fr. Ross Northing, Rector of Stony Stratford and Calverton, will officiate at the service.

Choral Evensong is one of England's richest traditions in the Anglican Church where the daily evening office is both sung and chanted. Evensong is a service which lasts around 45 minutes and is a service which is still sung daily in our Cathedrals and greater Parish Churches. 

Registration This event is open to all singers locally who would like the experience of singing this type of music and are able to join us on the day to learn these works. This Come & Sing day is free, but we ask singers to register in advance so that we can make practical arrangements for scores, seating, and refreshments. Simply select a ticket for your voice part (SATB). It will help us if each singer registers themself,with their own email address, rather than doing a group registration - thank you!

Anyone who would like to attend as congregation will be very welcome at this act of worship which begins at 5:00pm. 

Singers are warmly invited to spread the word across the network of local choral groups and parish choirs so that all singers are aware of this collaborative opportunity.