Choral Evensong and Concerts
In addition to morning services of Holy Communion, St. Peter's is very pleased to be able to offer monthly Evensong services and occasional concerts.
The service of Choral Evensong been offered regularly at St. Peter's for nearly thirty years. Evensong is a traditional Anglican service of Evening Prayer, sung. Monthly Evensong services began at St. Peter's on March 4, 1990. Read more about the service of Evensong as it is sung at St. Peter's: Evensong is for Everyone!
All of these services and concerts are free and open to the public. Everyone is most welcome.
Sunday, October 13 at 5:00 p.m.
In this service, we hear music from just before and just after the turn of the last century. The canticles are the Evening Service in B minor by T. Tertius Noble. The anthem is Hail, gladdening light by Charles Wood. Sung by the St. Peter's Singers.
Concert: Duruflé Requiem
Sunday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m.
A masterpiece of the choral repertoire. French composer Maurice Duruflé (1902–1986; pictured) elevates ancient plainsong melodies with post-impressionistic harmony and builds on sacred tradition to create an ecstatic piece of liturgical music. The St. Peter’s Choir with orchestra; Nicholas Bideler, organ. This concert is free and all are welcome.
Sunday, November 10 at 5:00 p.m.
The canticles and anthem are by English Tudor composer Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625) and accompanied by the Mander chamber organ.
A Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent
Sunday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m.
The popular service reflects the Advent season's growing anticipation. The St. Peter's Choristers & Choir sing.
A Service of Lessons and Carols for Epiphany
Sunday, January 12 at 5:00 p.m.
This candlelit service of music and readings for the season is sung by the St. Peter's Singers. This Epiphany Carol Service includes music by Vaughan Williams, William Walton, Jane Marshall, John Weaver, Nico Muhly, and David Sinden.
Sunday, February 9 at 5:00 p.m.
Our fourth annual joint service with the Choir of St. Michael and St. George Church (Robert Lehman, Choirmaster). The canticles for this service are the ebullient Chichester Service by William Walton. The anthem is "Thou, O God, art praised in Sion" by Malcolm Boyle.
Sunday, March 8 at 5:00 p.m.
This service offers music by two American composers: Searle Wright (1918–2004) and Craig Phillips (b. 1961). The canticles are Wright’s Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in E minor. The anthem is Phillips’s "Keep watch, dear Lord," is a setting of a beloved prayer from the Book of Common Prayer. Sung by the St. Peter's Singers.
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen.
– Book of Common Prayer, page 124
Sunday, April 19 at 5:00 p.m.
In the season of Eastertide, the lessons and music celebrate the risen Christ. The canticles are from the Service in C Major, Op. 115 by Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924). The anthem is “Worthy is the Lamb” from Messiah by G. F. Handel (1685–1759). Sung by the St. Peter's Singers.