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Choral Evensong

Performance

Various Locations
Cambridge
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Clare College Chapel Choir

Every day during term-time, starting between 5.30 and 6.45 pm, several Cambridge college chapel choirs sing beautiful music in Choral Evensong- a service which is free-of-charge and open to all. The service is 45 mins 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 a recording, click here.

Participating in this living tradition is a great way to experience the life of different colleges of Cambridge from within. You can find the details of Choral Evensong in Cambridge here www.choralevensong.org

Sung on weekdays and Sundays in more than 400 churches and cathedrals throughout Britain and Ireland, Choral Evensong is one of England's greatest cultural creations. 

Cambridge 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 master of Trinity College, Cambridge, 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 Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, says “Choral Evensong is my favourite way of spending an hour with glorious music in a glorious building."

Opening Times

Choral Evensong (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

* Closed during college holidays.

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