News from our Westminster correspondent

This week’s choral evensong (or rather, Sung Vespers) on the BBC comes from Westminster Cathedral, home of possibly the finest choir in England. (As my uncle, who sings in York Minster choir, once put it: “Oh yes, they’re very good. The bastards.”)

Some slight distortion on the sound on the RealAudio stream, sadly, but the music (a mixture of plainsong, Victoria and Palestrina) is glorious. Certainly beats last week’s “jazz evensong”. Of which the less said the better.

One slightly odd moment comes during the homily, when the preacher states that “The Pope is, in some ways, no more or less human than you or I”. Ho. Hum.

If you want to hear more of Westminster Cathedral choir, then their disc Panis Angelicus is one of my favourite choral collections – even if I suspect it was secretly sponsored by the Catholic Truth Society (all those heart-stoppingly beautiful settings of Ave Maria could seduce even the staunchest Protestant heart…).

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