BBC Radio 3 Broadcast - Choral Evensong

Live from Southwark Cathedral, marking the retirement of our Director of music, Peter Wright.

On Wednesday 10 July, BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting Choral Evensong live from the Cathedral.  This special service is to part of a number of events to mark the retirement of Peter Wright our Director of Music who has been in the position for 30 years. 

Peter came to the Cathedral in March 1989 after 11 years at Guildford Cathedral where he was Sub-Organist.  In March of 2014, The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark awarded him an Honorary Lay Canonry to mark his 25 years in the post. Under his direction, the Choir has recorded many CDs and undertaken three tours to the USA and several in Europe.  They have sung at the BBC Proms and broadcast regularly on television and radio.

In May 2011 Peter Wright was awarded the prestigious FRSCM, in recognition of his work at Southwark and for church music in general, and he is also an Honorary Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians. Now a Vice-President of the Royal College of Organists, Peter Wright became a member of the Council in 1990 and was Chief Examiner from 1997 before becoming President (2005-2008). 

All are invited to join us for this special Choral Evensong service which starts at 3.30pm.  The doors will open at 2.30pm and congregation must be seated by 3.10pm.  The service is expected to end at 4.30pm.




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Dyson in D


Locus iste (Anton Bruckner)

God is our refuge and strength (Philip Moore)


For many people, Choral Evensong according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer is a treasure of Church of England liturgy. Its particular choral style is uniquely characteristic of the Anglican Church and draws its origins from the sung liturgies of monastic communities of the early centuries of the church’s life.

On weekdays the service lasts for about 40 minutes (on Sundays it might be 10 minutes longer, when there is a sermon). The service is enveloped by the music of organist and choir which sings verses from scripture, psalms, biblical songs (canticles) and an anthem. Our prayers are inspired and transported by the striking beauty of the words, silences and music, and we add our own voice in saying the Amens and in singing the hymn. It is an ideal way to mark the end of a busy day and the transition into the evening time.