This setting of Evensong Canticles (BCP 1662) is intended for use in those churches which are looking for a relatively simple choral setting, or that don’t always have a mixed choir and need the flexibility of being able to sing the canticles in unison where necessary, or where a choir of children’s/women’s voices or men’s voices sing the service alone.
For churches with a mixed voice choir, SATB and unison textures are alternated throughout to provide a satisfying but easy to learn setting.
However, the canticles can also be sung in unison throughout, with optional lower harmonising notes in bars where the melody is in its higher reaches (F being the highest note). Suggestions are made as to how upper and lower voices can be alternated and combined, to provide variety of texture between the phrases.
In an earlier form, a tone lower and for unison voices, it was first performed at Choral Evensong in Ripon Cathedral on 21 May 2016, by the Yorkshire Decibelles under their director, Ruth Sladden.
A recording of the canticles in rehearsal (with piano accompaniment rather than organ) can be heard in the video:
The work is available as a 16pp Octavo booklet (272x190mm), printed on quality paper stock by Halstan UK.
Those who wish to perform the work also have the options of purchasing a licensed download from which they can make their own copies, or hiring copies from the publisher.
Purchase price: 1-4 copies: £2.60 each / 5-15 copies: £2.34 each / 16-30 copies: £2.21 each / 31-50 copies: £2.08 each / 51+ copies: £1.95 each
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***SPECIAL OFFER*** The unison-only E flat version of these canticles will be withdrawn when current stock is finished. Existing stock is now available at a much-reduced price of just 80p per copy. Stock is very limited, so order as soon as possible if you want to take advantage of this offer. Use the contact form below to make enquiries or place an order. (The format of this version is A4, 8 pages on 135gsm matt coated paper.)