Director Edmund G. Murray
Chorus Angelorum is a semi-professional chorus dedicated to preserving and celebrating the Anglican Choral Evensong tradition. We also provide educational and performance opportunities for area choir directors and members through our Choral Evensong Services and our annual Choral Workshop.
"The office of Evensong, from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, is a work of immense poetic beauty and devotional artistry; it is a cultural monument of the English patrimony of worship; and it is the centerpiece of the Anglican choral tradition. Next to musical settings of the Catholic Mass and Latin Vespers, Evensong is the preeminent religious service that has attracted the talents of some of the world’s great composers for the last four hundred years. In the English tradition, it holds pride of place and has occasioned some of the finest choral achievements of musicians from Thomas Tallis in the sixteenth-century to Herbert Howells, John Taverner, and a host of contemporary composers writing and performing today.
That choral Evensong so richly lends itself to musical treatment testifies to the deep and abiding connection between singing and praying, a connection that the Prayer Book offices continue to inspire and manifest. St. Augustine famously said that he who sings prays twice."
from Anatomy of an Evensong by Dr. Clinton A. Brand
Historically speaking, the Book of Common Prayer of 1549, along with the King James translation of the Bible, Coverdale's translation of the Psalms, and the plays of Shakespeare, is credited with establishing the English language as we know it. and is renowned for its beauty and poetic grace. The Book of Common Prayer of 1662, similar to the 1928 Prayer Book used in the United States until 1979, is still the officially recognized Prayer Book for the Church of England. The language of the Prayer Book has inspired some of the greatest choral music written for the Church in the past 450 years, and remains a valuable source for contemporary composers.
Chorus Angelorum offers Choral Evensong at least six times per year on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham, 7809 Shadyvilla Lane, Houston, Texas 77055, followed by a reception in St. Jude Hall at the church.
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