Recordings and Concerts
St. Stephen's is known for bringing the finest musicians to the community--some of them from right here at St. Stephen's or the greater Richmond area--for concerts open to all.
Carrie Newcomer: Friday, April 6, 2018, at 7 p.m. // TICKETS
Carrie Newcomer—a songwriter, recording artist, performer and educator—will give a concert at St. Stephen’s to benefit outreach. The suggested donation for tickets is $25 per person, but additional donations are encouraged since proceeds will benefit our international outreach ministries. When you reserve your tickets, you'll be given the option to make an additional donation. If you would like to be a patron for this concert, and give more than the donation amounts suggested, please contact Deb Lawrence.
Newcomer—a “soaring songstress” (Billboard) with “a voice as rich as Godiva chocolate” (The Austin Statesman) has toured with Alison Krauss in Europe and the U.S. Nickel Creek recorded Newcomer’s song“I Should’ve Known Better” on their Grammy-winning album “This Side.” She was listed as one of the “50 most influential folk musicians of the past 50 years” by Chicago’s WFMT and Boston’s WBEZ listed her as one of the most influential folk artists of the last 25 years. Newcomer, a contemplative Quaker, cuts across secular and spiritual boundaries. Recent appearances on PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly (the same series that dida segment on our Celtic and Compline services) and Krista Tippett’s “On Being,” have focused on her use of the creative arts as a spiritual-mindfulness practice, her work in social and environmental justice, interfaith dialogue, and progressive spirituality, and as a champion for a new political conversation.
Choir of Canterbury Cathedral: Friday, April 13, 2018 (evening; time TBA)
This renowned English choir of men and boys will visit St. Stephen’s this spring. The choir sings at daily services in the historic cathedral, providing music which enchants and delights the many thousands of visitors and pilgrims from all over the world, as well as the regular congregation. As the seat of the archbishop of Canterbury, the cathedral has a unique role in the life of the church worldwide. The choristers who travel are ages 9-13 (though younger boys sing with the choir in residence at the cathedral). They live in the ancient and beautiful Cathedral Choir House and attend St Edmund’s School. The choir performs music from a wide repertoire, medieval to modern. The concert is free and open to the public; an offering will be taken. Plan now to attend this concert featuring one of the finest choirs in the world.
Recordings by St. Stephen's choirs, including Sanctuary and the Virginia Girls Choir, are available online. These newer recordings, as well as older CDs of the parish choir and the organ, are also available in the Bookshop @ St. Stephen's. All of these recordings make wonderful gifts.
Sanctuary is the self-title CD recorded by our Compline choir. It features many of the chants and motets heard during our Sunday evening Compline service.
An Unexpected Christmas features the Virginia Girls Choir and Ana Hernandez singing some "unexpected" Christmas arrangements and songs, as well as traditional carols. More details about this recording are here.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a recording of the program aired on 88.9FM WCVE on Christmas Eve 2015. It features Sanctuary, Virginia Girls Choir, St. Stephen's Choir and the new Virginia Boys Choir, and includes the nine lessons read by clergy and parishioners.
Where to buy The Bookshop @ St. Stephen's