Choral Evensong at ChoralEvensong.org
Every day during term-time, starting between 5.15 and 6.45 pm, several Oxford college chapel choirs sing beautiful music in Choral Evensong- a service which is free-of-charge and open to all. The service is 45 minutes long, and its words and music can inspire people of all faiths and none.
The standard of music-making is often world-class, and the chapel buildings are beautiful. To hear an example of the music, use this link: http://www.delphianrecords.co.uk/Soundbites/DCD34174-02.mp3
Participating in this living tradition is a great way to experience the life of different colleges of Oxford from within. You can find the details of Choral Evensong in Oxford here: www.choralevensong.org
Sung on Sundays and weekdays in more than 400 churches and cathedrals throughout Britain and Ireland, Choral Evensong is one of England's greatest cultural creations.
Oxford has a particularly high concentration of top-level Choral Evensong singing. The students in these choirs are known as choral scholars, and when they graduate, they often go into world-famous professional choirs and some become famous opera singers. Similarly, the organ scholars often become world-renowned organists and conductors.
Owing to the high proportion of music within it, this service is accessible even to those who would not usually go to a church service. Lord Rees, the Astronomer Royal and former President of the Royal Society, who regards himself an agnostic, says: “Attending Evensong makes me especially mindful of 'the spacious firmament on high' -- its wonder and its mystery.”
John Rutter, who composed the anthem for the most recent Royal Wedding, says “Choral Evensong is my favourite way of spending an hour with glorious music in a glorious building."
|Sun 15 Jan - Sun 5 Mar 2017||17:15 to 18:45|
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- Children welcome
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