At Choral Evensong on Sunday 19th May, the Parish Choir will sing a fantastic setting of the canticles – Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Collegium Regale) – written in 1945 by English composer Herbert Howells (1892-1983).
Collegium Regale means that it is dedicated to King’s College, Cambridge. He also wrote the music for the other church services for the College – canticles for matins and ordinary mass of Holy Communion as well as a set of evensong canticles for St John’s College, Cambridge and other churches. In 1961, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Cambridge University.
Howells was a made a Companion of Honour by the Queen in 1972. Membership of the Order is conferred on men and women for service of national importance and is restricted to 65 people at any one time. The order confers no knighthood or other status, but recipients are entitled to use the letters ‘CH’ after their name.
His ashes are buried in the north choir aisle of Westminster Abbey near Ralph Vaughan Williams and Sir Charles Villers Stanford.
The video is the Magnificat (Collegium Regale) by Herbert Howells performed by St Alban’s Church Choir, Bristol; organist: Simon Hogan and conducted by Nigel Walton.