Gabriel Jackson (1962 –): Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (Truro Service) — Choir of St Mary’s Cathedral

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.
For he hath regarded : the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold, from henceforth : all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me : and holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him : throughout all generations.
He hath shewed strength with his arm : he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat : and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things : and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel : as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was is in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.

Nunc Dimittis (Song of Simeon) text:

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace : according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen : thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared : before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles : and to be the glory of thy people Israel.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was is in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.

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