THERE are three special services at Salisbury Cathedral this month celebrating the Epiphany. There is a Eucharist on the Feast of the Epiphany at 5.30pm today (Monday 6th January), Choral Evensong with a performance of Britten’s Canticle IV ‘The Journey of the Magi’ at 5.30pm on Friday 17th and the Epiphany Procession at 5pm on Sunday 19th January.
No tickets are required and all are welcome to all services.
Today’s Eucharist on the Feast of the Epiphany is sung by Salisbury Cathedral Chamber Choir. The Canon Precentor Tom Clammer presides and the preacher is the Canon Chancellor Edward Probert.
Choral Evensong on Friday 17th is sung by the Lay Vicars in the North Transept by candlelight. Atmospheric plainsong will be offset by a performance of Benjamin Britten’s Canticle IV ‘The Journey of the Magi’.
The Cathedral’s Epiphany Procession, on Sunday 19th January, is a moving service of words and music. It commemorates the journey of the Magi travelling from the East to worship the infant Jesus, and then follows His life through to adulthood. The girl choristers and lay vicars, directed by David Halls and accompanied by John Challenger, sing music by Mendelssohn, Messiaen, Poulenc and Tavener, and a new anthem by Richard Shephard which receives its premiere during the BBC Radio 3 broadcast of Choral Evensong live from Salisbury Cathedral at 3.30pm on Wednesday 15th January.