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Take part in the Rodolfus Foundation’s Virtual Evensong

We’re sure you’ve seen how many different things are happening online these days whilst we’re unable to be together in person.  If you follow The Rodolfus Foundation on social media, you may be aware that they have launched a Virtual Evensong in association with FCM and choralevensong.org.  We want to get as many people involved as possible, whether you are a singer or not.

All the information you need to take part can be found on the Rodolfus Foundation’s website.  The first way you can get involved is by voting for which anthem you’d like to hear in the Evensong; see the selection and choose your favourite!  The deadline for voting is 11.59pm on Sunday 12th April so don’t delay!

Everyone has the chance to contribute by recording themselves singing at the same time as listening to the accompaniment and watching a video of Ralph Allwood conducting.  Once all the voice parts have been sent in, a video will be produced using the tracks made by each singer and reader. This is a wonderful chance to unite in musical harmony at a time when we are missing our usual opportunities to sing together. The Introit has already been recorded, and, with your submissions, the Rodolfus Foundation will gradually assemble the rest of the Evensong.  We’re very excited that Stephen Fry and Simon Russell Beale are providing the readings and Rev Richard Coles is providing the introduction and blessing.

Simon Russell Beale

Simon Russell Beale

Stephen Fry

Rev Richard Coles

We have a growing list of participants…

  • James Lancelot playing the first voluntary
  • Responses cantor, Rebecca Leggett
  • Stephen Fry reading the First lesson, David and Goliath
  • Dyson in D accompanied by Andrew Lumsden on Winchester Cathedral organ
  • The Second lesson read by Simon Russell Beale, 1 Corinthians: 13
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Nunc Dimittis. Cantor, Ben Vonberg-Clark
  • The Hymn, All my hope on God is founded, is accompanied first by David Goode in Eton College Chapel, and by Oliver Walker at Repton College Chapel for the last verse
  • The prayers collated by The Rev’d Niall Weir
  • The final voluntary played by Mark Shepherd from Charterhouse School Chapel

We’d love as many people as possible to sing in one or all of the pieces.  You’ll see all the instructions on the website for how to record and upload yourself singing – some headphones and a phone or tablet are all you need!  The deadline for submissions is 10pm on Friday 24th April.

Further information can be downloaded here

We very much look forward to hearing the finished result!