Stanford Nunc dimittis in G

We are singing the Stanford Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in G at our next evensong, 5pm Saturday 10 September. While this setting is best known for the soaring soprano solo in the Magnificat, the Nunc dimittis with its baritone solo is also one of the most beautiful and moving settings of the second evensong canticle.

Here is a 1996 recording of it by the Choir of New College Oxford, directed by Edward Higginbottom, with organist Christopher Glynne. The baritone soloist is unfortunately uncredited.

Despite its name, New College was founded in 1379 by William of Wykeham (1324–1404), with the requirement that chapel be observed and sung daily with a choir of thirteen scholars and fellows and ‘sixteen poor and needy boys of around twelve years of age’.

Pilgrim proudly continues the tradition of providing scholarships to young singers, who join with all of us in warmly inviting you to our evensong on Saturday night!

Source: Richard A.A. Larraga, Evensong at New College, Oxford, The Choral Journal, vol. 52, no. 7.

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