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Anthems for Lent and Holy Week

Choir2017Mar 15 – William Byrd – My Soul oppressed with care
-       arr. Work – Tryin’ to  get home

Mar 22 – Orlando Gibbons – Haste Thee, O Lord
-       arr. Work – Lord, make me more holy

Lenten Choir and Orchestra Concert
Saturday, March 28 at 4pm
Gabriel Fauré - Requiem
Thomas Lloyd - Appearances (premiere)
Bucks County Choral Society and Symphony in C
with soloists Jane Kamp, soprano and Dan Schwartz, baritone
Thomas Lloyd conducting
This is a ticketed event; additional information discounted advance tickets are available online.

Mar 29 – Thomas Tomkins – I know that my Redeemer liveth / I am the resurrection
-       arr. Work – We shall walk through the valley

Apr 5 – Palm Sunday
-       Herbert Howells -  O Pray for the peace of Jerusalem
-       arr. Work – Steal away and pray

Apr 9 – Maundy Thursday
Arvo Pärt – The Woman with the Alabaster Box
Déodat de Séverac - Tantum Ergo

Apr 10 – Good Friday
Kenneth Leighton – Drop, drop, slow tears
Kerensa Briggs– Media vita
Francis Poulenc – Vinea mea electa
Uzee Brown, Jr. - Wake Me Up, Lord
R.R.Terry – Richard de Castre’s Prayer to Jesus
William Byrd – Ave verum corpus

Apr 11 – Easter Vigil
-       Randall Thompson – Alleluia (during communion)

Apr 12 – Easter morning
-       Gerald Finzi – Welcome Sweet and Sacred Feast
 -        arr. Reimann-Dickinson – By early morning light

Cathedral Music Overview

SingersEvensongBlessed with a sacred space with sublime acoustics for vocal and instrumental music, we celebrate the sacred gift of music at the Cathedral in many ways. Our Sunday morning liturgies involve extensive congregational singing supported by a professional-core choir.  Our choir blends in with the congregation on Sunday mornings, encouraging even people who never really thought they could sing before to find the prayerful beauty of plainchant and hymns in a variety of styles. (When you turn around to someone and say, “you should be in the choir!” chances are they are already one of our singers!)

The Cathedral Singers also sing contemplative and celebratory anthems from the rich Anglican tradition and beyond, including the African American Spiritual and sacred jazz. Our Singers are also heard at Sunday afternoon evensongs throughout the year, during Holy Week and on liturgical Holy Days, and at diocesan ordinations and special services.

The Singers currently rehearse before and after Sunday morning 10:00 services (at 9:00 before and 11:30-12:30 after). Volunteer singers with music-reading experience are encouraged to contact Director of Music, Thomas Lloyd by email or informally after worship about joining the choir.

A complete listing of the anthems that have been sung in worship is maintained on our website.

Our inviting and flexible space has also inspired a number of Philadelphia-based music ensembles to regularly perform here, including groups like The Crossing, Piffaro, The Mendelssohn Club, Choral Arts Philadelphia, sometimes in elaborate multi-media productions made possible by the flexibility of our space.  Information about space rental can be found on our website or by contacting the Director of Operations, Lynn Buggage.

The organ of the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral contributes its own unique flavor to our worship.