St. Thomas’ Episcopal To Host Houston Chapter Of American Guild Of Organists
St. Thomas Episcopal Church is hosting the Houston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists on Monday, May 11 at the church, 4900 Jackwood. Kenneth Axelson, organist/choirmaster will lead the St. Thomas’ Parish Choir in a service of choral Evensong at 7:30 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.
The Anglican service of Evening Prayer was the result of the joining of two of the ancient monastic offices— Vespers and Compline —into one service by Thomas Cranmer, the first Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury. When the prayers are set to music and sung, it is called ‘Evening Song,’ or ‘Evensong’ in Elizabethan English. Composers from Cranmer’s time to the present have given themselves to the composition of such settings, and these have been part of the church’s continuous, daily offering of prayers ever since.
The AGO is the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields. The Houston chapter, established in 1944, is one of the strongest chapters in the country whose mission is to preserve and enhance the art of the organ and choral music and to pass this art to future generations of musicians.