St. John's is located at the corner of Quarrier and Leon Sullivan Way.
I make it a
habit to attend St. John’s Episcopal Church evensongs in Charleston which are held twice a year, around
All Saints’ and the first of Lent.
This past Sunday’s
offering was outstanding and boasted the largest crowd I’ve ever seen there.
While the parish supports this tradition, visitors from many other
congregations attend as well.
Director of Music Brenda Vanderford
is always Anglican choral music, and Director Brenda Vanderford excels at it, as
does her choir.
demands skill at singing both chant and a cappella, although some pieces were
well accompanied by organist Carol Eich.
Charles Villiers Stanford
wonderful “Magnificat” and “Nunc dimittis” were lovely.
Cardenas soared over the choir in the former and baritone Ray Shackleford was
solid in the latter.
Precenter Wayne Eich negotiated the Versicles well, a
heard the Basil Harwood anthem “O How Glorious is the Kingdom” with its strong
unison statements. It gave both choir and organ a chance to shine.
Canadian composer Eleanor Daley
My favorite was Eleanor Daley's haunting "In Remembrance" from her Requiem, named outstanding new choral composition by the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors in 1994.
A prolific contemporary composer, Daley has a gift for melody and text-painting.
"In Remembrance," set to an old anonymous text is beloved by choral singers and audiences as well.
St. Ambrose Choir
I’d missed singing
the hymn For All the Saints that
morning, but was treated to all eight verses as the St. Ambrose Choir recessed.
crowning touch of all their evensongs is high tea. A splendid feast of varied
finger foods with tea, coffee, and wine is always set afterward for all to
enjoy. And there’s an entire table of desserts.
So – if
you’re looking for something to do Sunday, February
head over to St. John’s at 5 pm for their Lenten Evensong.