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St Paul's marks Britten centenary in verse and song

One hundred years to the day since the birth of Benjamin Britten, St Paul's will pay tribute at a special service of Choral Evensong.

Also marking the feast day of St Cecilia, the patron saint of music and musicians, 5pm Evensong on Friday 22 November will be in honour of both.

The Cathedral Choir will open the service with the introit Hymn to St Godric by Britten and then sing Henry Purcell's Welcome to all the pleasures, an ode for St Cecilia's Day written in 1683, as the anthem.

Canticles are the G minor setting by Purcell.

And to mark the centenary of Britten's birth, the Cathedral's Precentor, Reverend Canon Michael Hampel, has penned this short verse:

There was a composer called Britten
about whom a lot has been written
A hundred years on, this musical swan
has millions of Britons now smitten