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St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Oakland, California

Overview

The Festival of the Hours celebrates sacred music in liturgy, presenting each “Hour” of the Anglican cycle of worship—Matins, Eucharist, Evensong, and Compline—in four full days of services. The Festival choirs are open by invitation and audition.

For our second Festival in 2016, we welcome renowned choral conductor Edward Higginbottom, emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, U.K., to direct the Men and Boys Choir, and Ruben Valenzuela of Bach Collegium San Diego to conduct the mixed-voice Collegium. Sven Edward Olbash will conduct the male Schola Cantorum, and Kerry McCarthy the treble Schola Alta. Our Festival organist is Kirk Michael Rich.

An organ recital will be given on Saturday afternoon, July 30, by Bruce Neswick, Canon for Cathedral Music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, Oregon. In addition, a series of afternoon lectures will be delivered by visiting conductors.

As in 2014, the repertoire is drawn from a variety of time periods and genres, including a number of new compositions and arrangements, with the intention of remaining broadly within the tradition of Anglican church music. Over the course of the day’s liturgies on Saturday, July 30, we will present all movements of the Second Service of John Sheppard (c. 1515–1558) as part of our multi-year project to perform the full cycle of extant English great services.

Festival Participants

Directors of Music

Men and Boys Choir

Edward Higginbottom
Emeritus Fellow, New College, Oxford, U.K.

Collegium

Ruben Valenzuela
All Souls’ Episcopal Church, Point Loma, San Diego
Music Director, Bach Collegium San Diego

Schola Cantorum

Sven Edward Olbash
Artistic Director, Lacuna Arts
Director of Music, Star of the Sea, San Francisco

Schola Alta

Kerry McCarthy
Author, Byrd, Oxford University Press

Festival Director

Christopher Kula
Director, Pacific Collegium

Festival Organist

Kirk Michael Rich
Organist, Grace Presbyterian Church, Houston
Doctoral Candidate, University of Houston

Organ Recitalist

Bruce Neswick
Canon for Cathedral Music, Trinity Cathedral, Portland

Visiting Clergy

Rev. Andrew Wickens
Rector, Newton Heath, Diocese of Manchester

Ad Hoc Committee

Tonia D’Amelio
Christopher Kula
Richard Larson
Victoria Larson
Kelsey Linnett

2016 Festival Program tentative

Wednesday, July 27

8 p.m. Compline

repertoire TBA

Thursday, July 28 Of the Holy Trinity

9 a.m. Matins

plainchant

11:30 a.m. Eucharist

Britten, Missa Brevis in D
Dering, Duo seraphim
Fauré, Tantum ergo

3 p.m. Lecture

5:30 p.m. Evensong

Bairstow, Evening Service in D
Charles Wood, Father all-holy

8 p.m. Compline

plainchant

Friday, July 29 Of the Holy Spirit

9 a.m. Matins

plainchant

11:30 a.m. Eucharist

Mass 19 “Messe de Sainte Hildegarde”
Tallis, Alleluya
MacMillan, Factus est repente
Tallis, Loquebantur variis linguis

3 p.m. Lecture

5:30 p.m. Evensong

Tallis, O nata lux
Pärt, Magnificat – Nunc dimittis
Bruckner, Os justi

8 p.m. Compline

plainchant

Saturday, July 30 Of the Holy Angels

10 a.m. Choral Matins

Sheppard, Venite – Te Deum – Benedictus

11:30 a.m. Eucharist

Sumsion, Communion Service in F
Sheppard, Credo
Purcell, Beati omnes
Bairstow, Let all mortal flesh keep silence

2 p.m. Lecture

3 p.m. Organ Concert First Presbyterian, Oakland

Bruce Neswick, recitalist

5:30 p.m. Evensong

Sheppard, Magnificat – Nunc dimittis
Howells, Sequence for St. Michael

8 p.m. Compline

plainchant

Sunday, July 31 Proper 13, Year C

9 a.m. Matins

plainchant

10 a.m. Eucharist

Palestrina, Missa Viri Galilei
Festival Commission TBA
Harris, Faire is the heaven

Evensong Time and Location TBA

Mundy, Magnificat from “Excellent Service”
Festa, Nunc dimittis

Boy Treble Choristers

Instruction for boy trebles, ages 9 to 13, begins Monday, July 25, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church starting at 9 a.m. each day, provided by Professor Higginbottom and other staff. Early evening rehearsals take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, and boys will participate in the opening service of Compline on Wednesday, July 27, at 8 p.m., as well as most of the Eucharist and Evensong services. Afternoons feature recreational outings.

A program of independent study in advance of the Festival will be outlined for boys accepted into the Festival, which will include check-ins on progress by recording or video call.

Please contact the Festival at info@festivalofthehours.org to arrange for an audition or to receive more information about the program. Tuition for the treble camp is $300; some scholarships are available.

The deadline for application is February 1. Early applicants may be accepted before that date, and additional applications may be considered as required thereafter. Up to 18 boy trebles will be accepted.

Adults and Young Adults

Auditions are currently open for all of the Festival choirs. Members of the Collegium and the Clerks of the Men and Boys Choir are generally expected to be of a collegiate or professional level. The Schola Cantorum and Schola Alta are also open to participation of younger or less advanced singers.

Festival participants are asked to contribute $100 to help defray meal expenses. (This fee is included in the tuition for boy trebles.)

Rehearsals for Clerks, Collegium, and Scholae begin Monday evening, July 25. Additional schedule details will be posted to this site as they become available.

Contact the Festival at info@festivalofthehours.org for further details on the audition process.

Travel, Accommodations, and Meals

Accommodations for all visiting participants will be provided by friends and supporters of the Festival. Those travelling from outside of the San Francisco Bay Area must make their own travel arrangements, though the Festival will assist as able and needed in coordinating arrivals with hosting families. Arrangements for the arrival of unaccompanied minors by airplane must be coordinated in advance with the Festival.

Meals for boy trebles are provided throughout the week, Monday through Sunday. Group lunches and dinners for all Festival participants begin on Wednesday, July 27, through lunch on Sunday. Hosting families are asked to supply breakfast for guests.

Contact the Festival

Festival of the Hours

info@FestivalOfTheHours.org
(510) 473-7736

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

114 Montecito Ave.
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 834-4314

2014 Festival Program

Thursday, July 31

6 p.m. Evensong

Frank La Rocca, Anima Christi Festival Commission
Victoria, Magnificat Tone V
Geoffrey Burgon, Nunc dimittis

8 p.m. Compline

plainchant

Friday, August 1

9 a.m. Matins

plainchant

11:30 a.m. Eucharist

Mark Williams, How shall I sing that Majesty Premiere/Commission
plainchant Missa Cum Jubilo
Gibbons, See, see the Word is incarnate
Purcell, Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts

6 p.m. Evensong

Tikey Zes, Cherubic Hymn
Eric Tuan, Preces & Responses Premiere/Commission
Ivan Moody, Pacific Canticles
Richard Marlow, Veni, Creator Spiritus
Eric Tuan, Come down, O love divine Premiere/Commission

8 p.m. Compline

plainchant

Saturday, August 2

9 a.m. Matins

Parsons, First Great Service: Venite, Te Deum & Benedictus

11:30 a.m. Eucharist

Tallis, Missa Salve Intermerata
Parsons, First Great Service: Decalogue & Credo
Byrd, Quomodo cantabimus
Bruckner, Locus iste

6 p.m. Evensong

Parsons, First Great Service: Magnificat & Nunc dimittis
Parsons, Ave Maria

8 p.m. Compline

plainchant

Sunday, August 3

9 a.m. Matins

plainchant

10 a.m. Eucharist

Howells, Collegium Regale Ordinary
Britten, Te Deum
Harris, Bring us, O Lord God