The choir of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will present an Evensong for Trinity Sunday on June 3 at 5 PM. The choir will be led by Scott Toperzer, Minister of Music, and accompanied by Virginia Leeman, organist. The church is located at 351 Main St.
Evensong is the centuries-old and uniquely Anglican/Episcopalian tradition of sung Evening Prayer.
Sunday’s Evensong will feature music written in the 21st century, including “This is the day,” sung at the opening of the service and composed by St. Stephen’s own Stephen Becroft (pictured). The canticles (or songs) will be the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis of Simon Lindley, published in 2011 and 2012, respectively. The anthem will be the sublimely beautiful “God of Truth,” published this year by British composer Will Todd.
Composer Becroft, born in New Zealand, has lived in the U.S. since 1961. He and his wife, Glenys Burton, have been residents of Ridgefield for more than 20 years. Mr. Becroft is also the proprietor of Lake Windwing Pottery and president of Connecticut Clay Artists, a group of potters in Fairfield County.
The service is free to the public, and donations will be accepted to help fund future musical events through the Music Fund at St. Stephen’s. A wine and cheese reception in South Hall will follow the service.