Choral Evensong

Version 2Sung at the close of day in Cathedrals and churches throughout the world, Choral Evensong is a service of evening prayer, derived from the ancient offices of Vespers and Compline.  The choir sings the traditional evening prayers of the church that have been offered for centuries, while the congregation listens, joins in the hymns, and adds their own prayers to those of the choir. In the candlelit quiet of a darkening sanctuary, it is a precious opportunity for peaceful meditation before the start of a busy week.

Click each date for further details and choral music.  Services are at 5:00pm unless otherwise indicated.  Where indicated, a reception follows in the parish hall. All are welcome!

2016-17  Schedule of Choral Evensong and other choral evening services

September 25, 2016 | Choral Evensong and Installation of Choristers

Sung by Saint Paul’s Choir and Trebles. Music of Ayleward, Smart, Brewer, Hancock, Parry.  At this service the choir will be commissioned for the new season, and choristers who have earned their surplices will be formally installed.  Reception following.

October 16, 2016 | Choral Evensong

Sung by Saint Paul’s Choir.  Music of Mundy, Smith, Walmisley, Rheinberger. Reception following.

October 30, 2016 | Choral Evensong

Sung by Saint Paul’s Choir. Music of Nestor, Stanford, Smith, Ives, Howells. Reception following.

November 6, 2016 | Fauré Requiem Mass

Sung by the Saint Paul’s Adult Choir. The complete Requiem Mass setting by Gabriel Fauré offered in the context of the liturgy. Submit a name for memorial listing. No reception.

November 20, 2016 | Choral Evensong

Sung by Saint Paul’s Choir.  Music of Paulus, Marsh, Leighton, Howells. Reception following.

December 18, 2016 | Festival of Lessons and Carols

Sung by Saint Paul’s Choir and Trebles.  Evensong is replaced by a service of Lessons and Carols traditional to the season. Consisting of readings, choir anthems, and favorite carols sung by the congregation, this service is one of most popular offerings of the year and has become a Chestnut Hill tradition. Early seating advised. Reception following.

January 29, 2017 | Choral Evensong

Sung by the Saint Paul’s Choir and Trebles. Music by Stopford, Neswick, Ayleward, Hogan, Campbell. Reception following.

February 12, 2017 | Choral Evensong

Sung by Saint Paul’s Choir. Music by Nestor, Leighton, Sowerby, Byrd. Reception following.

February 26, 2017 | Choral Evensong

Sung by Saint Paul’s Choir and Trebles. Music by Bairstow, Naylor, Asford, Ayleward, Vaughan Williams. Reception following.

March 12, 2017 | Choral Evensong

Sung by Saint Paul’s Choir. Music by Stopford, Adams, Smith, Jackson, Mundy. Reception following.

March 26, 2017 | Choral Evensong

Sung by Saint Paul’s Choir. Music by Rheinberger, Leighton, Howells. Reception following.

April 9, 2017 | Choral Meditations on the Passion

Sung by Saint Paul’s Choir.  Evensong is replaced on Palm Sunday by a service of readings and choral meditations on the Passion of Christ. No reception.

April 30, 2017 | Choral Evensong

Sung by Saint Paul’s Choir.  Music TBA. Reception following.