Choral Evensong from St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh. The Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Matthew Owens, perform settings of the Magnificat (0:01) and Nunc Dimittis(4:17) evening canticles out of Gabriel Jackson’s stunning Truro Service. Both canticles appear on the 2005 disk ‘Gabriel Jackson: Sacred Choral Works’, available on iTunes through Delphian Records.
Treble and bass solos by Oliver Boyd and Ben Carter, respectively.
St Mary’s is unique in Scotland for maintaining a tradition of daily choral service and prayer. The cathedral choristers—boys as well as girls, who were welcomed into the ranks at St Mary’s decades before they were in any other UK cathedral—are educated at St Mary’s Music School, an independent specialist music school whose pupils are all either choristers or instrumentalists.
Video, Commentary & Text Source: Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (Jackson; Truro Service) — Choir of St Mary’s Cathedral – YouTube Uploaded on 18 Aug 2011 by 1finch2finch
Magnificat (Song of Mary) text:
My soul doth magnify the Lord : and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Nunc Dimittis (Song of Simeon) text:
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace : according to thy word.