Organ Vespers for the Purification of the BVM

¶  Monday 1 February
     Candlemas Eve
     St Austin Catholic Parish

S chola Aliquando and I will present First Vespers of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary (also kept as the feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple) at St Austin Catholic Parish. This fully sung Vespers will feature one of the cycles from Heinrich Scheidemann’s collection of versets on all eight tones of the Magnificat, a major contribution to this repertory; a Tiento on ‘Ave maris stella’ (the proper hymn for the feast) by Juan Cabanilles; and versets on the same hymn by Christian Erbach. The proper chants are beautiful, and the feast day is rich with layers of symbolic meaning. Please join us.