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Evensong Explained - W.K. Lowther Clarke, London: SPCK, 1922. A lucid and concise introduction to the history and liturgy of the Evensong service.

Liturgy bits: a spotter’s guide to Evensong - Gareth Hughes. Extended definitions of the different types of Evensong: Choral, Sung, Said, Solemn, Festal.

Apostates for Evensong - Very amusing, yet brilliant, article (from Australia!) on why we need Evensong.

The British choral tradition: an introduction - Bob Porter (Bachtrack)

In the Still of the Afternoon - Simon Scott Plummer (Tablet). A meditation on the benefits of Evensong.

90 years of Evensong: Thank God for the BBC’s longest running show! - Stephen Shipley (Cathedral Music)

Illustrated Timeline of the History of BBC Choral Evensong

Sacred Mysteries: The longest-running outside broadcast on the BBC - Christopher Howse (Telegraph)

Sacred song, and where to find it - Rupert Sheldrake (Resurgence)

Choral evensong is one of England's richest traditions - Tom Service (Guardian)

Looking for Britain’s future leaders? Try evensong - John Bingham (Telegraph). A discussion of the rising popularity of College Evensong amongst Oxford undergraduates.

9 Reasons to Keep the Church Choir Alive - Jonathan Aigner

If religion exists to make raids into what is unsayable, musicians penetrate further than most - Giles Fraser (Guardian). A thoughtful plea in support of church music.

Research demonstrates benefits of corporate singing as new website highlights choral evensong - Anglican News

Something to sing about: the rise of the cathedral girls' choir - Sarah MacDonald (Telegraph)

The Boy and Girl Chorister Traditions Compared - Emily Freeman

What choristers can teach us about student engagement - Helen Cocks (Times Education Supplement)

The Atheist’s Favorite Service: The Wonder of Choral Evensong - Heather Teysko

Choral Evensong - Liz Wilson. A personal, inspiring reflective blog post on Evensong.

The Sound of Music - Rupert Sheldrake (Theos Blog)


"Choral Evensong", as part of the 'Science Set Free' podcast series - by Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon


BBC Everyman Documentary on Evensong - Dame Betty Ridley, Winchester Cathedral Choir

Press Articles

Independent - "Guy Hayward: Former choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge creates Time Out-style guide of evensong services"

Hampstead & Highgate - "Hampstead vicar to bless new website at church on Sunday"

Essex Chronicle - "Maldon's St Mary's church blesses laptop to herald arrival of new evensong website"

Cambridge Evening News - "Former Cambridge student's evensong website blessed in UK-wide digital ceremony"

Choir & Organ - "Churches to bless"

South London Press (Greenwich) - "Greenwich chapel to take part in website blessing to promote Choral Evensong services"

South London Press - "Music for all faiths or none at Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich"

Church Times - "Choral-evensong enthusiasts have new website to help them"

Academic research

Singing as one: community in synchrony - Guy Hayward. My Ph.D. thesis on how group singing forms community in traditions around the world, and how the process of rhythmic synchronisation is fundamental to this. It also links choral singing with starling flocking movements and fish schooling. The final chapter is a video case study analysis of synchronisation in Gregorian Chant. This project, and my choral background, inspired me to make this website.

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