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Choral Evensong

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Christ Church
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1DP United Kingdom
01865276150 www.choralevensong.org/service-timetable-553.php?location=Oxford

Every day during term-time, starting between 5.15 and 6.45 pm, many Oxford college chapel choirs and some parish churches 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 chapel buildings are beautiful and the standard of music-making is often world-class. To hear a recording, use this link.

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 by clicking the website link below.
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 professional choirs and some become opera singers. Similarly, the organ scholars often become professional 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.”

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