The Beatitudes

August 20th – 27th 2017

The 62nd festival takes as its theme the Beatitudes. The nine beatitudes at the beginning of Matthew’s account of the Sermon on the Mount will provide a framework by which we can explore Christ’s teaching and ministry.


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Festival Calendar

Sunday 20th

St Bernard of Clairvaux

9.15pm Compline
Te lucis ante terminum Thomas Tallis
In pace, in idipsum Thomas Tallis
Nunc dimittis (Short Service) Orlando Gibbons
Salve regina Herbert Howells

Monday 21st

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

9.00am Matins
11.30am Solemn Eucharist

Mass XII plainsong
In spiritu humilitatis Giovanni Croce

7.30pm Music before the Service Richard Pinel
8.00pm Solemn Evensong

Preces & Responses Richard Ayleward
Second Service William Byrd
Let all the world in every corner sing Kenneth Leighton

9.15pm Compline

Tuesday 22nd

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

9.00am Matins

11.30am Solemn Eucharist

Missa brevis Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
O quam suavis est, Domine Alonso Lobo
O quam suavis est, Domine Peter Philips

7.30pm Music before the Service Matthew Martin

8.00pm Solemn Evensong

God be in my head Sir Henry Walford Davies
Preces & Responses Philip Radcliffe
Chichester Service Sir William Walton
Faire is the heaven Sir William Harris

9.15pm Compline

Wednesday 23rd

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

9.00am Matins

11.30am Solemn Eucharist

Plainsong Mass for a Mean John Sheppard
Beati quorum via Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
O salutaris hostia Thomas Tallis

3.30pm Choral Evensong
broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 doors close at 3.25pm

Beati Misericordes Robert Walker festival commission
Preces & Responses Philip Radcliffe
Chichester Service Sir William Walton
The Beatitudes Arvo Pärt (b1935)
Alma redemptoris mater plainsong

6.30 for 7pm Musical Evening & Supper *

9.30pm (approx) Compline


*  The Edington Festival Musical Evening and Supper will be on Wednesday 23rd August at 6.30 for 7pm on the Parish Field, next to the church, by kind permission of Edington Parish Council. For more information, please see our Community page.

Thursday 24th

Bartholomew, Apostle

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9.00am Matins

11.30am Solemn Eucharist

Missa brevis in F Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus plainsong
Beati mundo corde William Byrd
Ubi caritas Ola Gjeilo

7.30pm Music before the service Charles Maxtone-Smith

8.00pm Sequence of Music and Readings

Beati mundo corde William Byrd
Ubi caritas et amor Ola Gjeilo
Warum ist das Licht gegeben Johannes Brahms
Ubi caritas et amor plainsong

9.15pm (approx.) Compline

Friday 25th

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

11.30am Choral Matins

Blessed are those who mourn Roger Petrich
Preces & Responses Richard Shephard
Priidite, poklonimsya Sergei Rachmaninov
Benedicite Sir William Harris
Benedictus in C Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen Johannes Brahms

7.30pm Music before the service Peter Stevens

8.00pm Solemn Requiem

Requiem Gabriel Fauré
Requiem aeternam plainsong
Lux aeterna plainsong

9.15pm Compline

Saturday 26th

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

9.00am Matins

11.30am Solemn Eucharist

Missa simile est regnum caelorum Tomás Luis de Victoria
O pray for the peace of Jerusalem Herbert Howells
Blessed are the peacemakers Piers Kennedy festival commission

This will be followed immediately by the Friends of Edington Priory Church lunch*

7.30pm Music before the Service Simon Bell

8.00pm Solemn Evensong

Souls of the Righteous Thomas Tertius Noble
Preces & Responses Philip Moore
Magnificat & Nunc dimittis in G Francis Jackson
Blessed city, heavenly Salem Sir Edward Cuthbert Bairstow

9.15pm Compline

*The Friends’ lunch is open to everyone. Tickets for this two course lunch cost £16, to include a glass of wine or soft drink.   Please book in, by Friday 18 August, to Susie Hancock, Dunge Farm, West Ashton, Trowbridge BA14 6AX ( or 01225 754626).   Cheques are payable to The Friends of Edington Priory Church.

The Friends’ talk that afternoon will be given by Kate Charles, renowned author and former chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association and Barbara Pym Society.

Sunday 27th

Blessed are they which have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are ye when men shall reproach you, and persecute you, and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

9.00am Matins

11.30am Solemn Eucharist

Messe à deux chœurs et deux orgues Charles-Marie Widor
Surrexit pastor bonus Jean Lhéritier
O sacrum convivium Olivier Messiaen
Ave Maria Robert Parsons