Webcasts

We were the first Choir of our kind to broadcast weekly webcasts of our services. Find our most recent live recordings here.

Recorded on
24 February 2019
  • Introit: Hildegard of Bingen  O pastor animarum
  • Tallis: Missa Salve Intemerata
  • Gradual: Psalm 5 (tone iv)
  • Preacher: The Dean
  • Credo: III
  • Hymns 165 (tune 318), 477 (tune 408(i))
  • Voluntary: Byrd  Fantasia in A minor
Recorded on
17 February 2019
  • Introit: Messiaen O sacrum convivium
  • Vierne: Messe Solennelle
  • Gradual: Psalm 37 vv. 1–7 (tone i)
  • Preacher: The Rev’d Dr Cally Hammond
  • Credo: II Dean, Gonville & Caius College
  • Hymns 376, 349
  • Voluntary: Preston Alleluyas
Recorded on
9 February 2019

 

  • Introit: Finnissy Herr Christ, der einge Gottessohn ​
  • Responses and Preces: Clucas
  • Psalm 46 (Luther)
  • Berkeley (Chichester Service)
  • Finnissy: Plebs Angelica *
  • Hymn 475
  • Instrumental Voluntary: Finnissy Commentary on BWV 562 *
Recorded on
1 February 2019

 

  • Responses and Preces: Smith
  • Psalm 2 (Robinson) 
  • Antiphon: Hodie beata Virgo Maria
  • Purcell in B flat
  • Betinis: Cedit, Hyems
  • Hymn 388(i)
  • Voluntary: Sweelinck Durch Adams fall ist ganz vederbt
Recorded on
26 January 2019

 

  • Responses and Preces: Leighton
  • Psalm 119 vv. 129–144 (Elvey, Jones) 
  • Kelly in C
  • Goldschmidt: A tender shoot
  • Hymn 408(i)
  • Voluntary: Sweelinck Fantasia Cromatica
Recorded on
20 January 2019

This candlelit service of readings and music celebrates the season of Epiphany.

The readings and hymns tell the story of the coming of Christ, the Magi’s visit, and the presentation in the Temple.

 

Recorded on
25 November 2018

This week's webcast is our own recording of the Advent Carol Service, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 2 December 2018.

The service includes a selection of readings, prayers and music for the season of Advent.

Recorded on
9 November 2018
  • Shephard: Responses and Preces
  • Psalm 47 (Davy)
  • Swayne: Magnificat
  • Nunc Dimittis octavi toni
  • Britten: O be joyful in the Lord
  • Hymn 461 (tune: Corvedale)
Recorded on
11 November 2018

 

  • Responses and Preces: Leighton
  • Psalm 89 vv. 20-30
  • Berkeley: Chichester Service
  • Vaughan Williams: Lord, thou hast been our refuge
  • Hymns 373, 439
  • Preacher: The Rev'd Lucy Winkett
Recorded on
2 November 2018

This week's webcast is of the Eucharist held on All Souls' Day, which commemorates All Souls, the Holy Souls, or the Faithful Departed; that is, the souls of Christians who have died. The setting of the Requiem Mass is Maurice Duruflé's monumental Op. 9, published in 1948.

Recorded on
21 October 2018

 

  • Responses and Preces: Radcliffe
  • Psalm 105 vv.1-15
  • Jackson in G
  • Howells: Take him, earth, for cherishing
  • Hymns 381, 475
  • Preacher: The Rev'd Dr Clare Herbert
Recorded on
10 October 2018

 

  • Responses and Preces: Rose
  • Psalm 52 (tone vii)
  • Antiphon: In omnem terram
  • Moore (First Service)
  • Tallis: If ye love me
  • Voluntary: J.S Bach   Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BVW 66
Recorded on
6 October 2018

 

  • Lloyd: Responses and Preces
  • Psalm 31 vv. 1-16 Crotch, Smart
  • Berkeley: Chichester Service
  • Purcell: O sing unto the Lord
  • Hymn 408 (i)
  • Voluntary: J.S Bach Prelude and Fugue in C major BVW 547
Recorded on
20 August 2018
  • Introit: O Sacrum Convivium
  • Byrd: Mass for Five Voices
  • Gradual: Psalm 130 (tone iv)
  • Hymns 378, 306
  • Credo IV
  • Voluntary: Byrd Fantasia in G
Recorded on
12 August 2018
  • Holloway: I will lift up mine eyes
  • Clucas: Responses and Preces
  • Psalm 62 Boyce
  • Purcell in G Minor
  • MacMillan: Domine non secundum peccata nostra
  • Hymn 457(ii)
  • Voluntary: Tomkins A Fancy for two to play
Recorded on
5 September 2018
  • Introit: Stanford A Song of Wisdom
  • Britten: Missa Brevis
  • Gradual: Psalm 29 (Attwood)
  • Hymn 339
  • Credo II
  • Voluntary: J. S. Bach Fugue in E-flat Major (BWV 552)
Recorded on
17 June 2018
  • Schubert: Mass in G
  • Gradual: Psalm 92 vv. 1-8 (tone i)
  • Hymns 372, 333
  • Credo V
  • Voluntary: J. S. Bach Pièce d'Orgue (BWV 572)
Recorded on
9 May 2018
  • Cleobury: Responses and Preces
  • Psalm 46 (tone v)
  • Magnificat: Hassler Quinti Toni
  • Nunc Dimittis: Quinti Toni
  • Byrd: Viri Galilaei
  • Voluntary: Alain Choral Dorien
Recorded on
22 May 2018
  • Ayelward: Responses and Preces
  • Psalms 43 and 44 (Crotch, Robinson)
  • Berkeley Chichester Service
  • Weaver: Thirst
  • Hymn 488
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Recorded on
1 July 2018
  • Introit: Keep me as the apple of an eye (Cox)
  • Poulenc: Mass in G
  • Psalm 137 (Lloyd)
  • Hymns: 294, 453                                             Credo: VI
  • Voluntary: José Lidon Organ Sonata de primo tono
Recorded on
24 May 2018
  • VolSmith: Responses and Preces
  • Psalm 119 vv. 1-16 (Attwood)
  • ​Stanford in G
  • David Nunn: Sitivit anima mea
  • Voluntary: J. S. Bach Toccata in F (BWV 540)
  • Hymn 436
Recorded on
29 June 2018
  • Tye: Missa Euge Bone
  • Hymn 172
  • Voluntary: J. S. Bach Prelude in B Minor (BWV 544)
Recorded on
27 June 2017
  • Finzi: God is Gone Up
  • Psalm 139 vv. 1-18; 23-24 (Highmore Skeats)
  • Te Deum : Howells (Collegium Regale)
Recorded on
7 June 2018
  • Responses and Preces: Rose
  • Psalm 150 (Stanford)
  • Howells (Collegium Regale)
  • Elgar: Give unto the Lord
  • Hymn 333
Recorded on
27 May 2018
  • Smith: Responses and Preces
  • Psalms 93 and 150 (J. Robinson and Talbot)
  • Swayne: Magnificat
  • Rachmaninov: Nunc Dimittis
  • Rachmaninov: Hymn of the Cherubim
  • Hymns 343, 130 (i)
  • Rachmaninov (arr. Vierne): Prelude

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