Edington Returns

26th - 29th August 2021

There will be a live Festival of Music within the Liturgy in Edington Priory Church this year, to run from Compline on the evening of Thursday 26 August until Eucharist on Sunday morning 29 August.

Due to the strong possibility of ongoing situation, Director Richard Pinel, in consultation with the church and community, has taken the decision to limit both the number of participants and the duration of the festival in order to create the safest possible environment for all involved.

“It is a truly joyous thing that we can come together for a celebration of music and worship in August. The mini festival will follow our traditional framework of three or four services a day, but we will be limiting the congregation inside the church for each service.  Because this will inevitably mean that a large number of people will not be able to enjoy the services from inside the church, we will be live streaming every service through our website, and will also be able to accommodate a controlled number of people outside in the churchyard.”

You can watch the livestreams of all the services below and on the website homepage. They will be available for 30 days after the festival has ended.

Places in the church for services will need to be booked in advance. More information on how to do this is available here.

Festival Calendar

Thursday 26 August

Compline 9.15pm

Miserere mihi, Domine plainsong
Te lucis ante terminum
In manus tuas
Thomas Tallis
Nunc dimittis in E
Sydney Watson
Regina caeli 

Friday 27 August
Remembering the souls of the departed

Matins 9.00am


Solemn Requiem 11.30am

Missa pro defunctis Tomás Luis de Victoria
Requiem aeternam
Giovanni Maria Nanino
SERMON The Reverend Canon Jeremy Davies Canon Emeritus, Salisbury Cathedral
Prelude and Fugue in C minor BWV546 Johann Sebastian Bach

Solemn Evensong 8.00pm
BBC Radio 3 recording for later broadcast – doors close 7.55pm

Prelude on ‘Urbs Beata’ Richard Wayne Dirksen (1921–2003)
Litany of the Saints
Magnificat & Nunc dimittis in A flat
Basil Harwood
Blessed city, heavenly Salem
Sir Edward Cuthbert Bairstow
Francis Pott

Compline 9.15pm

Saturday 28 August
God is Love

Matins 9.00am

Solemn Eucharist 11.30am

Mass XII plainsong
SERMON The Reverend Canon Dr Victoria Johnson Canon Precentor, York Minster
My beloved spake Patrick Hadley
Ave verum corpus
Sir Edward Elgar
O sacrum convivium
William Byrd

Solemn Evensong 8.00pm

Never weather-beaten sail Richard Shephard
Preces & Responses
Richard Shephard
Evening Service in B minor 
Thomas Tertius Noble
Strengthen ye the weak hands
Sir William Harris
HOMILY The Reverend Andrew Wickens Rector of Newton Heath & Minor Canon, Manchester Cathedral
Alma redemptoris mater plainsong


Compline 9.15pm

Sunday 29 August
Rebuilding community
Looking to the human heart

Matins 9.00am

Solemn Eucharist 11.30am 

Kyrie Mass XI ‘Orbis factor’ plainsong
Missa brevis in C ‘Spatzenmesse’ K220
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
SERMON The Reverend Andrew Sinclair Vicar of Bratton, Edington and Imber, Erlestoke, and Coulston & Rural Dean, Devizes
Ave maris stella plainsong 
Ave verum corpus
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ave Maria
Robert Parsons
Prelude in E flat major ‘St Anne’ BWV 552
Johann Sebastian Bach