“Oh Lord open thou our lips
And our mouth shall shew forth thy praise”
And so began the service of Choral Evensong on Trinity Sunday sung by the Stamford Bridge Singers at Escrick Church. The introit was Thomas Campian’s ‘Never weather beaten sail’ and the Rose precis and responses were used. The choir sang the canticles to the setting by Orlando Gibbons, and the wonderful acoustic of the church was used to good effect, especially in the setting of the Lord’s Prayer, and also in particular in the anthem, which was Locus Iste by Anton Bruckner. There were some very dramatic and sudden changes in dynamic, and the choir responded well to Stuart Nettleship’s direction.
The sermon used music as a theme, and talked about how the parts of music combine together to make a greater whole, and how this can also be seen as a metaphor for understanding the Holy Trinity.
This was a very enjoyable chance to sing in a warm and very welcoming setting.