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After a break of more than six months, York Minster’s popular Evensong services return this week on Wednesday 9 September with the first of three world premiere performances of new music specially commissioned for the Minster.
The adult singers of the York Minster Choir will give world first performances of new anthems by three outstanding composers. On Wednesday 9 September, the choir will perform ‘O sing unto the Lord a new song’ by Cornish composer Becky McGlade. Thursday 10 September will mark the first performance of ‘Now cheer our hearts this eventide, Lord Jesus Christ’, composed by Philip Moore, Organ Emeritus of York Minster and Friday 11 September will be the premiere of ‘After this, we will return’ by Cambridge composer, Sarah MacDonald.
Evensong services to the 19 September will be performed by the adult singers of the choir. As well as the new pieces, this week’s Evensong will feature music that is both contemplative and uplifting. The boys and girls of the York Minster Choir will return to sing in the Minster later this month. The daily order of service and music for Evensong is published in the York Minster Services Scheme.
Welcoming the resumption of choral singing, Robert Sharpe, Director of Music at York Minster said: “The last six months have been challenging for England’s cathedral choirs, for musicians and for all those who love the atmosphere and music of Evensong. It is exciting that the Minster’s singers and musicians will return to premiere exceptional new music from such renowned choral composers.”
Seating capacity for worship will be greatly reduced as services will be managed in line with Government and Church of England guidance for safe social distancing. A reservation system will be introduced from Sunday 27 September for the most popular Sunday services – Matins at 10am, the Eucharist at 11am and Evensong at 4pm.
Reservations will not be required for Evensong services on weekdays. Evensong has been moved from the Quire to the Nave which can currently accommodate 180 people. Tickets for services are free of charge.
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