A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols



Saturday, December 19th at 7:30 pm

Please join the Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Choristers for our traditional service of Lessons and Carols. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a service celebrating the birth of Jesus, which is traditionally followed at Christmas. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings, interspersed with the singing of carols, anthems, and hymns. The service was originally designed by the Reverend Eric Milner-White, and has become known worldwide through the broadcasts from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England.

Once in Royal David’s City – arranged David Willcocks
Advent Calendar – Peter Hallock
An Advent Procession (Veni Redemptor Gentium)  – Donald Pearson
A Tender Shoot – Otto Goldschmidt
Unto us is born a Son – arranged David Willcocks (Cathedral Choir & Choristers)
Ave Maria – Sergei Rachmaninov
What sweeter music – John Leavitt (Cathedral Choristers)
Gloria in Excelsis – George Malcolm
Dormi Jesu – John Rutter
O magnum Mysterium – William Byrd
Hark, the Herald Angels Sing – descant by David Willcocks

The Trinity Cathedral Choir
Canon David Link, Director of Music/organist & choirmaster

The Cathedral Choristers, Kamilyn Davis, Director, with special guests”Cappella” of the Sacramento Children’s Chorus, Lynn Stevens, Artstic Director.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is located at 2620 Capitol Avenue at 27th Street, in mid-town Sacramento. Free parking is available in the Sutter Community Garage at 27th & N Streets (enter from 27th Street), and the Cathedral is served by Regional Transit bus lines #30 and 62.

Download the full 2015 program here:

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 2015


Choral Evensong for Saint Cecilia

800px-Saint_Cecilia_WymondleyAcclaimed as the Patron Saint of Music and Musicians, Cecilia was a third century martyr whose feast day falls on November 22nd. Music has been written in honor of her by musicians as diverse as Purcell, Handel, Britten, and Howells, to The Andrews Sisters, Brian Eno, and Paul Simon!

The Trinity Cathedral Choir celebrates the feast of our patron with Choral Evensong, on Thursday, November 19th at 6:00 pm. Included will be music by Bruce Neswick, Henry Ley, and Charles V. Stanford. The service will conclude with Herbert Howells’ anthem “A Hymn for Saint Cecilia,” based on a poem by Ursula Vauhgan-Williams.

Choral Evensong is a lovely way to end a busy and noise-filled day. Please join us!
Trinity Cathedral is located at 2620 Capitol Avenue at 27th Street, in midtown Sacramento.

All Saints’ Day Requiem Eucharist


Please join the Trinity Cathedral Choir on Sunday, November 1 at the 11:15 am Eucharist as we sing the “Requiem” Mass by Gabriel Fauré. Fauré (1845 – 1924) was one of the foremost French musicians of his generation. A highly gifted organist, pianist, and composer, he later became Director of the Paris Conservatory, influencing many musicians of the next generation including Maurice Ravel. He was for many years the organist of the church of Le Madeleine in Paris, in succession to his teacher Camille Saint-Saens.

His Requiem was composed in 1888 “for the pure pleasure of it.” In it he avoids the foreboding mood of many Requiem settings of the time, for a more gentle melodic style. It certainly remains his most beautiful and enduring work. We will be using a special chamber orchestration of the work utilizing organ, harp, violin, and cello accompaniment, realized by David Hill. The Cathedral Choir is conducted by Canon David Link, Cathedral Organist & Choirmaster. The choir will be assisted by harpist Beverly Wessner-Hoehn, violinist Victoria Tognozzi, and cellist Leo Gravin.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is located at 2620 Capitol Avenue at 27th Street in mid-t0wn Sacramento. http://www.trinitycathedral.org

Support the Cathedral Organ Restoration when you adopt-a-pipe

The second phase of our Cathedral Organ Restoration Project is fully underway. The completed antiphonal organ at the North end of the Cathedral will enhance the sound of our magnificent organ, and provide new colors for the organist to use. In honor of his long standing commitment to worship and music at Trinity Cathedral, the completed antiphonal division is being named in honor of the Reverend Dr Grant S. Carey, Canon Emeritus.
We have contracted the Schoenstein Organ Company of Benicia, California, to complete the antiphonal division. Schoenstein is one of America’s top organ builders, known for the attention to detail, exceptional workmanship, and tonal beauty. There will be two new cases of pipes on either side of the existing “Imperial Trumpet” pipes. And the new façade pipes will be made of copper to match the trumpets. It will be musically and visually stunning when completed.
One way to support the project is through our “Adopt-a-pipe” program. For $650, you can “adopt” one of the 183 pipes being added to the organ. You can even “adopt” more than one of them! Visit the Cathedral Organ Restoration page for details, and to download a contribution form.
Thank you everyone, for your continuing support of this project!

New antiphonal case design from Schoenstein organ builders.

New antiphonal case design from Schoenstein organ builders.

First Choral Evensong service of the season

Cathedral Choir 2015

Please join the Trinity Cathedral Choir for our first service of Choral Evensong for the 2015-16 season.

Thursday, October 8th at 6:00 pm

Introit: God be in my head – Sidney Nicholson
Preces & Responses – Richard Ayleward and Peter Hallock
Psalm 43 – chant by J. Harrison
Canticles: Short Service – Orlando Gibbons
Anthem: Jesu dulcis memoria – John Graham

Choral Evensong is an excellent way to end a busy and noise-filled day, with beautiful music and quiet contemplation. We hope to see you here!

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is located t 2620 Capitol Avenue at 27th Street, in midtown Sacramento.


Music for Holy Week at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento, California

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Palm Sunday/The Sunday of the Passion, March 29

  • 9:00 am – Music sung by the Cathedral Choirsters and Celebration Choir including the anthems “Ride on, King Jesus” and “My Song is Love Unknown” by Molly Ijames.
  • 11:15 am – Music sung by the Cathedral Choir and Catheedral choristers including the anthems “Ride on, King Jesus” and “O Hilf Christe” by Heinrich Schütz..

Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30 pm

  • The Solemn Office of Tenebrae – Music sung by Resurrexit including “Tenebrae Responsories” by Tomás Luis de Victoria, and music by Jacob Handl and Felice Anerio.

Maundy Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 pm

  • Maundy Thursday Eucharist – Music by the Celebration Choir, including the anthem ”An Upper room” arranged by Hal Hopson.

Good Friday, April 3 at 7:30 pm

  • Good Friday Liturgy and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament – Music by the Cathedral Choir including “O Saviour of the World”…

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Benefit organ concert for NorCal AIDS Cycle

The Trinity Cathedral Music Series presents Cathedral organist David Link in a benefit pipe organ concert on Sunday, March 8 2015 at 4:00 pm.
The concert is a benefit for NorCal AIDS Cycle, a 330 mile/4 day bike ride which raises funds for local agencies serving those suffering from HIV/AIDS. Many of these agencies also provide prevention and testing services, to help stem the tide of this entirely preventable disease. So in addition to pedaling his bike three-hundred and thirty-miles, Canon Link will be playing the organ pedals to raise funds for NCAC.
The program will include: “Fantasia in G major (Piece d’Orgue)” by J.S.Bach, “Rondeau” by Henry Purcell, “Fantasie sur le Te Deum” by Charles Tournemire, and much more.
David Link recently celebrated his thirtieth year as Canon Musician at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, and has participated in NorCal AIDS Cycle for the last five years. Canon Link rides in memory of Kenneth Piercy, a long time Cathedral Choir member who died from complications of AIDS in 2011.
The suggested minimum donation for the concert is $10 at the door, though donations of any kind, large or small will be gratefully accepted! Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is located at 2620 Capitol Avenue at 27th Street, in mid-town Sacramento. All are invited to join us!