On New Year’s Day 2020, BBC Radio 3 will broadcast a sequence of music and readings, choral evensong, for the New Year from Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh. The hour long celebration of faith will start at 3.30pm. Music will be performed by the Charles Wood Singers and the Ulster Orchestra. The director of music will be David Hill, readings will be read be Anne Hailes.

Ahead of the broadcast, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh said, “I am very much looking forward to this medley of church music, readings and prayer, which will be broadcast from Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on New Year’s Day. I cannot think of a more positive start to 2020 for the parish and archdiocese of Armagh.”

The choral evensong will consist of:

Introit: A New Year Carol (Britten)
Hymn: It came upon the midnight clear (Noel)
Reading: Psalm 96
Magnificat: Stanford in B flat
Poem: Old and New Year Ditties (Christina Rossetti)
Anthem: Love bade me welcome (Vaughan Williams)
Reading: Revelation 21 vv.1-7
Carol: Bethlehem Down (Warlock)
Poem: Ring out, wild bells (Alfred Lord Tennyson)
Anthem: In terra pax, Op 39 (Finzi)
Voluntary: Pomp and Circumstance March in G major, Op 39 No 4 (Elgar)

ENDS