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HPU’s Heritage Singers to present a service of “Evensong” on Thursday, April 19

evensong 2018BROWNWOOD – April 17, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Heritage Singers will present a service of “Evensong” on Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. The free event will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church in Brownwood and is open to the public.

The Heritage Singers choir is under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

The service of “Evensong” is related to the canonical hours of prayer, or the office, established many centuries ago by those in the monastic tradition. More directly, however, this service can be attributed to the Anglican reformer, Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556).

“This reflective hour of worship will be mostly sung and will include the majority of the liturgy that was established by Cranmer,” said Dr. Rosborough. “The same liturgy was eventually published in the English prayer book in 1549.”

Choir selections will include “Versicles and Responses (The Preces),” “Psalms and Lessons,” “Magnificat,” “Nunc Dimittis,” “Creed,” “Lord’s Prayer,” “Versicles and Responses (Suffrages),” and finally, three collects.

Accompanying the Heritage Singers will be Dr. Allen Reed, retired HPU faculty member, as organist and Dr. Gregory Church, professor of music, as cantor and tenor soloist.

“We are thrilled to present this most sacred service to the Brownwood community,” said Dr. Rosborough. “It is very special to my heart and provides a wonderful platform for reverence and contemplation. Please join us.”

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University ( HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at


Cutline: Graphic of HPU’s “Evensong” concert to be performed Thursday, April 19.