This edition of the Organ Loft radio program with host Roger Sherman was first aired in January, 1995. It includes excerpts from The Compline Choir's CD, "Feathers of Green Gold" (CD 7003) with an annotated version of the Compline service, and an interview with Peter Hallock about the history of the Compline service at St. Mark's. Since its founding in 1954, the all-male Compline Choir has sung the medieval Office of Compline in a dark Cathedral on Sunday nights. The success of this service and its appeal to young people has sparked a worldwide revival of interest in Compline.
The worldwide revival of Compline, a late-night service dating from early Christian times, began with this choir and the vision of its founder, Peter Hallock. Today, hundreds of young people fill Saint Mark’s Cathedral (Seattle) every Sunday night to hear this choir, and they are joined by thousands who hear Compline over radio and the Internet. This recording honors the musical craft of Peter Hallock and Richard Proulx, who wrote much of the music sung by this choir since its founding in the mid-1950s.