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New organ to feature in BBC broadcast of Choral Vespers

Schola Cantorum of Cardinal Vaughan's Memorial School, Kensington Click image to enlarge

The new Skrabl organ in the Church of Our Lady of Victories, London, will be heard in a BBC transmission of Choral Vespers on Wednesday, February 2 at 4pm. 

The service, for the Feast of Candlemas, will be sung by the Schola Cantorum of Cardinal Vaughan's Memorial School, Kensington, which has had a long association with the church.

This will be the first time a state school choir has sung in the 96-year history of the weekly Choral Evensong series.

The music will be directed by the school's Director of Music, Scott Price, and Iestyn Evans, organist at Cardinal Vaughan, will play the organ.

The order of service: 

Introit: Senex puerum portabat (Byrd)
Hymn: Quod chorus vatum (plainsong)
Psalms: 109, 129 (plainsong)
Canticle: Colossians 1 (plainsong)
Reading Hebrews 4 vv.15-16
Short responsory: Notum fecit Dominus salutare suum (plainsong)
Magnificat Octavi toni (Victoria)
Motet: Videte miraculum (Tallis)
Antiphon: Alma Redemptoris Mater (Palestrina)
Voluntary: Piece Heroique (Franck)

The broadcast will be repeated on Sunday, February 6 at 3pm. The Schola Cantorum is pictured on tour in 2019.

Another broadcast of Choral Vespers from Our Lady of Victories will be heard on June 8 on BBC Radio 3, directed by Timothy Macklin, Director of Music at the church, and sung by the 12 professional voices of its choir. It will feature Gregorian chant and music by Tallis, Gastoldi and Bevan.