Exeter Cathedral’s young Choristers will be performing to a much larger audience than usual later this month when the BBC comes to town.
On 17th January 2018 the choir will be broadcasting live on BBC Radio 3’s “Choral Evensong” programme, which comes from a different Cathedral, church or chapel around the UK each week. Exeter Cathedral Choir sings every day as part of a tradition dating back 800 years, but this time will be a little different, as Director of Music Timothy Noon explains:
“The daily service of Evensong is at the heart of the choir’s work in the city, and during the week they sing for congregations ranging in size from 5 to 500 people.
“Choral Evensong was first broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 1926 and now attracts up to a quarter of a million listeners each week – it’s great to give people around the world an opportunity to ‘drop in’ on a service here in Exeter.”
The service on Wednesday 17th January takes place at 15.30, and members of the public attending are invited to be seated by 15.15. It will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and will then be available on the BBC iPlayer.
Voice Trials for potential Cathedral Choristers take place on 30th January 2017. More information is available to download.
Order of music for 17th January 2018
Introit: The Lord is King (Timothy Parsons)
Responses: Michael Walsh
Office Hymn: Christ whose glory fills the skies (Ratisbon)
Psalm 89 (Noon, Crotch, Barnby, Moore)
First Lesson: 1 Kings 19 vv.9b-18
Canticles: Rubbra in A flat
Second Lesson: Mark 9 vv.2-13
Anthem: Seek him that maketh the seven stars (Jonathan Dove)
Final Hymn: Thou didst leave thy throne and thy kingly crown (Margaret)
Organ Voluntary: Joie et clarté des Corps Glorieux (Messiaen)
Director of Music: Timothy Noon
Assistant Director of Music: Timothy Parsons