On Sunday, January 12, my church choir performed Choral Evensong at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland. I especially wanted the choir to sing in a large, reverberant space, just for the experience. The choir performed Sir John Tavener’s setting of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (composed for the choir of King’s College, Cambridge) and his motet “The Lamb,” based on the famous poem by William Blake. I played organ music by Messiaen and Langlais on the cathedral’s Flentrop organ.
The choir did a great job, and I was so proud of them. There was a small congregation, but there were several compliments afterwards.
But most of all, the beauty of the evensong service itself, with the magnificent words that have stood the test of time, is what stands out in my memory of the afternoon. With candles and the deepening darkness of a cold winter evening, it is an event that will live in my memory for a long time.