Art for Evensong

Choral Evensong: Art for Evensong

Inspired by Choral Evensong at Rochester Cathedral, I created a a book of screenprints which I enlarged from 25 x 50cm to 135 x 250cm, as they became a series of large painted banners. These were initially displayed in Rochester in 2012/13.  They then went ‘on tour’ and visited Peel Cathedral on the Isle of Man, Worcester Cathedral and finally Bradford Cathedral during May/June 2014.

Choral Evensong was displayed in Rochester Cathedral Altar

My visual journey through Choral Evensong was displayed in Rochester Cathedral from the end of September 2012 to mid-January 2013.

 

Choral Evensong was created in 1549 by Thomas Cranmer, from the combination of Vespers and Compline. I have considered the purpose and meaning of Evensong; the words, the music and also the history, location and architecture.  I especially wanted to combine modernity with timelessness and the sense of moving through the service.

 

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Painted for Rochester Cathedral, each banner is 1.35m x 2.5m, acrylic on canvas and they are now touring other Cathedrals. They were in St. German, Peel on the Isle of Man from the beginning of April until mid-June 2013 and in Worcester and Bradford during 2014.

Art for Evensong at St German

Art for Evensong at St German, Peel, Isle of Man

 

Afternoon Star

Afternoon Star
A scattering of petals
As the bell rings in anticipation

 

Entrance

Entrance
Treading the mellow stones
Choir and Clergy process into the Quire

 

Opening Responses

Opening Responses
A voice calls
A Choir replies

 

Hymn

Hymn
All join in and sing

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Psalm

Psalm
Cantoris and Decani pass the verses
As the organ holds the chords

 

First Reading

First Reading
Listen to an ancient story
Ponder it’s meaning

 

Magnificat

Magnificat
Rejoice
All generations
Rejoice

 

Second Reading

Second Reading
Raised from the page
The words flow into the present

 

Nunc Dimittis

Nunc Dimittis
A pale light shines
Bringing recognition and exultation

 

The Creed

The Creed
I believe … And
I believe … Amen

 

Lesser Litany

Lesser Litany
Pushing out our hopes
Of today, of peace, of protection

 

Anthem

Anthem
Time to float away
Wrapped in a favourite blanket

 

Prayers

Prayers
Thoughts and wishes swirl around
As we make our shared appeal

 

Exit

Exit
Replenished
We disperse into the night

 

Organ

Organ
The Organist’s moment to thrill

 

Evening Star

Evening Star
At the close
The scattered petals embrace

 

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