The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Music

Advent Lessons and Carols

Those who have attended this candlelight service in past years know what a perfect opportunity it is to step back from the hectic pace of the post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas season, and take a few moments to contemplate Advent’s real meaning.
Our two services of Lessons and Carols (for Advent on November 29, and for Christmas on December 20) are adapted from the famous carol service at King’s College, Cambridge, which has become popular worldwide since World War II through annual radio broadcasts on Christmas Eve.

Deadline Approaching for Greenery

This Sunday, November 15 is the deadline to order fresh wreaths and holiday centerpieces from the Cathedral Choristers, who sang a beautiful Evensong service last Sunday. This tradition is a great way to support the music program for our young people, while purchasing your greenery gifts online. To do so, go to vtwreaths.com and enter group code: choir (all lower case). We are selling three sizes of wreaths with multiple bow options, centerpieces, swags, and mailbox toppers. Prices range from $37 for a 28” swag to $42 for a 30” wreath, including shipping. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Kelly Cunningham, 404-948-1209 or marykellycunningham@hotmail.com.

Choristers Selling Greenery

A Cathedral Chorister tradition continues this year with the selling of fresh wreaths and centerpieces for the holidays. You can support the Choristers while purchasing your greenery gifts online. To do so, go to vtwreaths.com and enter group code: choir (all lower case). Choristers will also be in the Atrium on Sundays, through November 1 to take orders for those who would prefer to write a check. We are selling three sizes of wreaths with multiple bow options, centerpieces, swags, and mailbox toppers. Prices range from $37 for a 28” swag to $42 for a 30” wreath, including shipping. You can also select when to have your greenery delivered—Thanksgiving week or the first or second week of December. Thanksgiving delivery orders must be made online by October 23. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Kelly Cunningham, 404-948-1209 or marykellycunningham@hotmail.com.

Dr. Patrick A. Scott to Perform Sunday

The Cathedral’s own Assistant Organist-Choirmaster, Dr. Patrick A. Scott, will open this season’s Sunday Afternoon Recital Series on Sunday, September 13 at 3:15 p.m. A graduate of Birmingham-Southern University and the University of Texas, Patrick was one of the last students of the great improviser, organist, teacher, composer, and church musician, Dr. Gerre Hancock, and Patrick’s improvisations have proven him to be Dr. Hancock’s true successor. His program will consist of Alexandre Guilmant’s First Organ Sonata—probably more frequently heard in its orchestral arrangement—and will close with an improvisation on a submitted theme. There is no charge for these Sunday afternoon concerts.

Have You Ever Been to Evensong?

Think Evensong isn’t for you? Well, if you ever resonate with the choirs’ musical offerings on Sunday morning, you will find Evensong to be an especially rich revelation of the glory and presence of God. During much of the coming season we will be observing feast days on Sunday afternoons, rather than re-using the Bible readings from Sunday morning, so the lessons, homily, and much of the music will focus on a major saint's day or feast day. With the exception of a homily and several hymns in which the congregation joins, Choral Evensong is almost entirely sung by the choir, which means the tone of the service can vary dynamically from week to week—it may be overflowing with exuberant praise one Sunday, and rest in contemplative reflection the next.

The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, England

This rare Atlanta appearance of one of the most acclaimed adult choirs in the world will delight and move listeners. At home at Cambridge University, the choir sings three choral services each week during university term, giving them a facility of musicianship and breadth of repertoire that is truly astounding. Trinity College’s choral tradition dates back to the 14thcentury, and Gramophone magazine recently named them among the top five choirs in the world.

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