The Chapel of

The Queen’s College

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Music and Services

MICHAELMAS Term 2019


The Chapel of The Queen’s College, Oxford

The Queen’s College has been a worshipping community for over 650 years. Our founder, Robert de Eglesfield, made the daily singing of the divine office central to his vision for the college. The original statutes provide for up to thirteen chaplains and seventy-two choristers, being the number of disciples sent out in the tenth chapter of Luke’s gospel.

The current Chapel (along with most of the surviving College buildings) was built more than 350 years later. It was consecrated three hundred years ago, 1 Nov 1719, the Feast of All Saints. The chapel does not belong to the church authorities but to the College. If you are a member of the college community, then you are already part of that community stretching back to Eglesfield – whether or not you are a member of the church, and whether or not you choose to attend services regularly. If you would like to get more involved, please talk to the chaplain (katherine.price@queens.ox.ac.uk)

If you are visiting Queen’s, then we are very glad to welcome you. Services are open to the public, and we are delighted to be able to share the beauty of this place and its musical tradition with Oxford residents and with visitors from across the country and the world. After Sunday evening services, please follow directions to the Magrath Room to join members of the college for refreshments.

This booklet lists the readings, music and hymns for each service. Hymns are in the green New English Hymnal. Collections are taken for a charity nominated by members of the college: this term, Homeless Oxfordshire, which runs the O’Hanlon House hostel (near the College’s St Aldates’ accommodation) and the Luther Street Medical Practice.

Chapel 300: Celebrating three hundred years of the Chapel

The Queen’s College is Oxford’s most complete neo-classical College. The College commissioned the architect Nicholas Hawksmoor to produce the designs for the replacement of the medieval College. His ideas for the Chapel were remarkable and ambitious – we could have been sitting in an oval-shaped Chapel or under a dome! The final design for the College was more modest, but still described as “one of the most Majestick Pieces of Architecture in the whole Kingdom”.

The Chapel was consecrated on 1 Nov 1719 by the Archbishop of York, the College’s official Visitor. His successor, Archbishop John Sentamu, will be joining us for a Commemoration Service this term. For the full programme of events, including services, concerts and lectures, see www.queens.ox.ac.uk/chapel-300


Chapel Music

 

Music has been the natural form of Christian worship from earliest times, and choral music has a particularly cherished place in the Anglican tradition. The psalter (book of psalms) which we use in our worship has been described as the hymn book of Jewish temple worship: the worship Jesus himself would have known. The psalms continue to be chanted in Christian monasteries, cathedrals and college chapels every day.

 

Chanting is really a form of speech, a way of conveying (and often memorising) scriptural texts, rather than commenting on them. That intention remains, even though many styles of music have been used in the service of God, and the chapel choir today employs music from across the past two millennia. Singing reminds us that scripture and liturgy were not written to be read privately but to be performed communally. When we sing, we open up to the hidden heavenly worship, to a depth of meaning beyond words. Our focus is not on the skill of the music itself but, as with a stained glass window, through it to the light of God.

 

As a college, we glorify God by being a place of excellence, giving students the opportunity to fulfil their creative gifts as much as their academic ones. The Choir of The Queen’s College is directed by Professor Owen Rees and is made up of adult men and women, almost all of whom are students at either this or another college of the University. The college admits up to eight Choral Scholars a year, most through auditions held in September before interviewing for an academic place. As well as services, the choir regularly gives concerts and makes recordings. The Choir’s most recent recording (alongside early-music consort Contrapunctus) is of Taverner’s early-sixteenth century Missa Gloria tibi trinitas. See www.queenschoir.com for further details of the choir’s activities and forthcoming events, and regarding Choral and Organ Scholarships. Prospective Choral and Organ Scholars are welcome to contact Professor Rees (owen.rees@queens.ox.ac.uk).

 

The chapel’s celebrated organ was installed half a century ago, with a bright and expressive classical sound which has been widely imitated since. At most services, the organ is played by one of the college Organ Scholars. The current Organ Scholars are Laurence John and Tom Dilley. Organ recitals take place in chapel each Wednesday during term time, at 1.10 pm, and are free of charge.

Please be aware that all services are audio recorded.

Photos or video may also be taken during the service for our publicity.

Please do not use phones or cameras during services.


FIRST WEEK

OCTOBER

HYMNS


13     

SUNDAY

9.30am

Holy Communion

6.15pm

Choral Evensong      Freshers’ Welcome Service

Prelude: Liebster Jesu, Wir sind hier BWV 731 (Bach)

Introit: If ye love me (Tallis)

Responses: Clucas

Psalm: 144

Lessons: Nehemiah 6.1-16, John 15.12-27

Canticles: Brewer in D

Anthem: Hail, gladdening light (Wood)

Preacher: The Revd Katherine Price

Voluntary: Praeludium in E BuxWV141 (Buxtehude)

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461 (tune Coe Fen)


16      

WEDNESDAY

1.10pm

Organ Recital: Stephen Hamilton (USA)

6.30pm

Choral Evensong

Prelude: The Angels’ Song (Stanford)

Responses: Rose

Psalm: 74

Lessons: 1 Chronicles 16.1-13

Revelation 11.15-end

Canticles: Stanford in C

Anthem: Coventry Antiphon (Howells)

Voluntary: Joie et clarté des Corps Glorieux (Messiaen)

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18

FRIDAY

Luke

6.15pm

College Communion

Prelude: Tiento de Falsa de 2 tono (Bruna)

Setting: Missa Æterna Christi munera (Palestrina)

Reading: Isaiah 35.3-6

Gospel: Luke 10.1-9

Motet: My eyes for beauty pine (Howells)

Voluntary: Ciacona in e (Buxtehude)

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415

446

SECOND WEEK

OCTOBER  

HYMNS


20     

SUNDAY

Celebrating 40 years of women at Queen’s

9.30am

Holy Communion

6.15pm

Choral Evensong 

Prelude: Attende Domine (Demessieux)

Introit: God be in my head (Bingham)

Responses: Debbie Carter Rose

Psalm: 149

Lessons: Isa 40.27-31; Rom 16.1-16

Canticles: R. Panufnik

Anthem: He that dwelleth (Clarke)

Preacher: The Revd Dr Rowena Pailing

Voluntary: O Traurigkeit, O Herzeleid (Ethel Smyth)

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‘There came a generation’

(see sheet, tune Ewing 381)


23      

WEDNESDAY

1.10pm

Organ Recital: Benjamin Mills (Keble College,Oxford)

6.30pm

Choral Evensong

Prelude: Te lucis ante terminum (Rutter)

Responses: Rose

Psalm: 91

Lessons: Hosea 14, James 2.14-26

Canticles: Second Service (Leighton)

Anthem: Give us the wings of faith (Bullock)

Voluntary: Praeludium in e (Bruhns)

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24

THURSDAY

9pm

Compline

A meditative late night plainchant service followed by hot chocolate and madeira


25

FRIDAY

6.30pm

Choral Evensong

Prelude: Méditation (Duruflé)

Responses: Debbie Carter Rose

Psalm: 102 (1-16)

Lessons: Jeremiah 14.1-9

Luke 23.44-56

Canticles: Short Service (Gibbons)

Anthem: The souls of the righteous (Bednall)

Voluntary: Toccata in F BuxWV 157 (Buxtehude)

THIRD WEEK

OCTOBER

HYMNS


27     

SUNDAY

Bible Sunday

9.30am

Holy Communion

6.15pm

Choral Evensong

Prelude: Psalm-Prelude Set 1, No 2 (Howells)

Introit: My eyes for beauty pine (Howells)

Responses: Rose

Psalm: 119.1-16

Lessons: Rom 15.1-6; Luke 4.16-24

Canticles: Watson in E

Anthem: O for a closer walk with God (Stanford)

Preacher: Fr Henry Wansbrough OSB

Voluntary: Paean (Leighton)

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29

TUESDAY

6.30pm

BBC Radio 3 Recorded Choral Evensong for later broadcast on International Women’s Day. 

A service of music by female composers to be broadcast on International Women’s Day 2020. This recorded service is open to the public. Please be seated no later than 6.15pm.

Introit: God be in my head (Judith Bingham)

Responses: Debbie Carter Rose

Psalm: 119:105-28

Readings: Judges 4:4-10, Acts 16:11-15

Canticles: R. Panufnik

Anthem: He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High (Rebecca Clarke)

Voluntary: O Traurigkeit, O Herzeleid (Ethel Smyth)

THIRD WEEK

OCTOBER

HYMNS


30      

WEDNESDAY

3.30pm

Choral Evensong BBC Radio 3 Live.

Please be seated by 3.15pm.

Prelude: Tranquillo ma con moto (Howells)

Introit: My eyes for beauty pine (Howells)

Responses: Rose

Psalms: 147-150

Lessons: Baruch 5.1-9, Mark 1.1-11

Canticles: Second Service (Leighton)

Anthem: Coventry Antiphon (Howells)

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31

THURSDAY

7.30pm

Organ Recital: David Goode. BBC Radio 3 Live broadcast

Please be seated by 7.15pm.

Tickets can be reserved at queenschoir.com/tickets


NOVEMBER

1

FRIDAY

All Saints (gaudy)

6.30pm

Choral Evensong

Prelude: Nun danket alle Gott BWV 657(Bach)

Responses: Sumsion

Psalm: 148

Lessons: Isaiah 65.17-25, Hebrews 11.32 - 12.2

Canticles: Dyson in D

Anthem: Justorum animæ (Stanford)

Voluntary: Fugue in G Minor BWV 578 (Bach)

197

FOURTH WEEK

NOVEMBER

HYMNS


3     

SUNDAY

9.30am

Holy Communion

5.30pm

Chapel 300 Commemoration  Service 

Prelude: Fugue in e (Dupuis)

Introit: I was glad (Purcell)

Responses: Smith

Psalm: 84

Lessons: 2 Chron 6.1-10 & 17-20; Eph 2.19-22

Canticles: D. Purcell in e

Anthem: God is gone up (Croft)

Preacher: Archbishop John Sentamu

Voluntary: Voluntary in a (Boyce)

197 (omit vv.2-3)

205 (omit v.2)

208


6      

WEDNESDAY

William Temple

1.10pm

Organ Recital: Crispian Steele-Perkins (trumpet) & Anne  Page (organ) ‘The Silver Trumpet’

6.30pm

Choral Evensong

Prelude: A pavane (Byrd)

Responses: Byrd

Psalm: 111

Lessons: Proverbs 3.27-end, Matthew 18.21-end

Canticles: Second Service (Byrd)

Anthem: Miserere nostri (Tallis)

Voluntary: Voluntary in a (Stanley)

95


8

FRIDAY

The English Saints and Martyrs

6.30pm

Choral Evensong

Prelude: Verse (Tomkins)

Responses: Tomkins

Psalm: 138

Lessons: Daniel 3.19-end, Revelation 3.14-end

Canticles: Short Service (Morley)

Anthem: Civitas sancti tui (Byrd)

Voluntary: A Fancy in C (Gibbons)

225

FIFTH WEEK

NOVEMBER

HYMNS


10     

SUNDAY

Remembrance

6.15pm

Choral Evensong

Prelude: Nimrod (Elgar)

Introit: For the fallen (Guest)

Responses: Clucas

Psalm: Psalm 17.1-9

Lessons: Job 19.23-27a, Luke 20.27-38

Canticles: Ireland in F

Anthem: Greater love hath no man

(Ireland)

Preacher: Simon Fisher

Voluntary: Prélude from Suite (Duruflé)

417

439


13      

WEDNESDAY

1.10pm

Organ Recital: Florian Stocker (Oxford)

6.30pm

Choral Evensong with Frideswide Voices of Christ Church, Oxford                        

Prelude: Chorale prelude on ‘Eventide’ (Parry)

Responses: Rose

Psalm: 11,12

Lessons: Leviticus 26.3-13, Titus 2.1-10

Canticles: Dyson in F

Anthem: And I saw a new heaven (Bainton)

Voluntary: Prelude in C BWV 547 (Bach)

239


15

FRIDAY

6.30pm

Choral Evensong

Prelude: O Gott du frommer Gott (Brahms)

Responses: Sumsion

Psalm: 31

Lessons: Malachi 4, John 4.5-26

Canticles: Stanford in G

Anthem: Behold the Lamb of God (Handel)

Voluntary: Andante maestoso (Stanford)

490

SIXTH WEEK

NOVEMBER  

HYMNS


17     

SUNDAY

9.30am

Holy Communion

6.15pm

Choral Evensong

Prelude: Quem pastores (Willan)

Introit: Ubi caritas (Duruflé)

Responses: Rose

Psalm: 97

Lessons: Deut 4.5-8 & 15-20; Acts 17.22-31

Canticles: Three Choirs’ Service (Chilcott)

Anthem: Evening Hymn (Balfour Gardiner)

Preacher: The Revd Katherine Price

Voluntary: In dir ist Freude BWV 615 (Bach)

495

376


20      

WEDNESDAY

Edmund

1.10pm

Organ Recital: Martyn Noble (HM Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace)

6pm

Choral Evensong

Sung Mass with the Catholic Chaplaincy

Prelude: Obra de falsas cromáticas de 1 tono (Anon)

Setting: Messe basse (Fauré)

Motet: Ave Maria (Fauré)

Voluntary: Lobe den Herren, den Mächtigen König der Ehren (Reger)


22

FRIDAY

Cecilia

6.30pm

Choral Evensong

Prelude: Psalm-Prelude Set II No.2 (Howells)

Responses: Leighton

Psalm: 77

Lessons: Micah 4.1-5; Luke 9.28-36

Magnificat: Tone VIII (Bevan)

Nunc dimittis: Holst

Anthem: A Hymn for St Cecilia (Howells)

Voluntary: Nun danket alle Gott (Karg-Elert)

427

SEVENTH WEEK

NOVEMBER

HYMNS


24     

SUNDAY

Christ the King

9.30am

Holy Communion

6.15pm

Sung Eucharist 

Prelude: Gelobt sei Gott (Willan)

Introit: Worthy is the Lamb (Handel)

Setting: Missa brevis in D (Mozart)

Reading: Colossians 1.11-20

Gospel: Luke 23.33-43

Motet: Cantique de Jean Racine (Fauré)

Voluntary: Improvisation No.7 (Saint-Saëns)

Preacher: The Revd Laurence Price

128

295 

433


25

MONDAY

9pm

Compline

A meditative late night plainchant service followed by hot chocolate and madeira


27      

WEDNESDAY

1.10pm

Organ Recital: Dan Mathieson (Worcester College, Oxford)

6.30pm

Choral Evensong

Prelude: Ruhig bewegt from Sonata I (Hindemith)

Responses: Clucas

Psalm: 121, 122

Lessons: Jeremiah 31.1-9,Matthew 15.21-31

Canticles: Wood in D

Anthem: Lift up your heads (Handel)

Voluntary: Phantasie, frei from Sonata I (Hindemith)

456


29

FRIDAY

Eve of St Andrew

6.30pm

Choral Evensong

Prelude: Lento (Stanford)

Responses: Ayleward

Psalm: 48

Lessons: Isaiah 49.1-9a, 1 Corinthians 4.9-16

Canticles: Stanford in B flat

Anthem: O Thou the central orb (Wood)

Voluntary: Postlude in d (Stanford)

353

EIGHTH WEEK

DECEMBER

HYMNS


1     

SUNDAY

Advent

9.30am

Holy Communion

6.15pm

Choral Evensong

Prelude: Rorate Caeli (Demessieux)

Introit: Drop down ye heavens (Weir)

Responses: Rose

Psalm: 9

Lessons: Isaiah 52.1-12, Matthew 24.15-28

Canticles: Noble in b

Anthem: And the glory of the Lord (Handel)

Voluntary: Finale from Symphony No.6 (Widor)

Preacher: The Revd Laurence Price

7

9


4      

WEDNESDAY

1.10pm

Organ Recital: Ben Horden (York)


5

THURSDAY

5.15pm

Carol Service with a selection of favourite carols, choral pieces and readings from student and staff representatives.