Evensong with Choristers from Grace, Kirkwood, and St. Peter’s

Evensong with Choristers from Grace, Kirkwood, and St. Peter’s


You are warmly invited to a service of Choral Evensong sung by the boy and girl choristers of Grace Church, Kirkwood and St. Peter’s, Ladue. The service will be held here at St. Peter’s on Sunday, November 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Evensong is a service of scripture, prayer, and music sung in the Evening.

Both Grace Church and St. Peter’s have choirs for young people affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music. The choirs will be conducted by Phillip Brunswick, the Organist and Choir Master at Grace Church. The organist will be David Sinden, the Organist and Director of Music at St. Peter’s. Next year, we hope to sing a joint Evensong at Grace Church.

Most Evensong services at St. Peter’s are sung by the St. Peter’s Singers, a sixteen-voice professional ensemble. Other services are sung by the St. Peter’s Choir. This will be the first service in recent memory to be sung by treble voices alone (without the assistance of altos, tenors, and basses).

In the Anglican choral tradition, composers have written music for various combinations of voices. These are particularly useful in places that sing Evensong daily (so that one group or another can have a day off). At this service, the choristers will be singing music written for treble voices in unison.

The canticles for the service are the wonderfully tuneful Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in C minor written by English composer George Dyson (1883–1964). This setting has already become a favorite of the St. Peter’s Choristers!

We have reached the point in the year when Evensong begins after the sun sets. By the light of candles, we hear the Word of God and sing psalms, canticles, and hymns in response. We hope you will join us for worship and fellowship with our fellow Episcopalians from Kirkwood at this special service.