Two Abbey Choirs in festival Choral Evensong Stanford’s anthem The Lord is my Shepherd formed the centrepiece of this year’s joint Choral Evensong on the third Sunday of Easter at Sherborne Abbey with its choir. A delightful example of word painting that we learned for the occasion, this setting of Psalm 23 begins in pastoral vein, the organ accompaniment evoking a rustic dance. The mood darkens to depict the walk through the ‘valley of the shadow of death’ before a fugue affirms the loving kindness of the Lord, subsiding to the pastoral mood of the opening in the closing bars. Numbering over fifty singers, theMore »