First of all, to find the nearest Choral Evensong service to you, type in the postcode/village/town/city you are searching for in the search box on the homepage. If you are searching for a specific weekday or date then you can also select these from the drop-down boxes, but otherwise leave them set to "Any". Click on the links if you need daily timetables for London, Cambridge and Oxford. If you cannot find a church, but you know it does Choral Evensong, then either contact us, or register an account if you have a role with the church.
The best way to avoid turning up to an Evensong somewhere which is not happening is to check the music list link, or, failing that (or even in addition), phone the church in advance.
Each entry on this website database has various bits of information (depending on how complete the entry is). Just so there is no confusion, I will go through each in turn…
The ‘Music List’ column gives a link that will take you to the webpage where you can download/view the scheduled musical repertoire for a given service you hope to attend. It is also helpful to check details of the service on the music list every time you are planning to attend because churches often change the precise timings of their services week to week. NB: sometimes the link moves location on the church's website and it won't be obvious where the link has moved to, but do look thoroughly - it should be there somewhere!
The ‘Regular Services’ section gives the start time of Choral Evensong that day, and often says which choir should be singing. Not all churches on this database have Evensong every Sunday, and therefore something like ‘2nd Sunday of Month’ will appear for clarity, and will also be indicated on the calendar. In cases like this, it is always good to click the link to the music list for that church, or phone in advance, so you don’t turn up on a Sunday when it is not happening. In terms of which choir is singing, this is also complex and changes week to week, so often good to check the music list first.
The ‘About this Church’ section is a brief summary of the church through the ages, and can refer to stories of saints, architecture or interesting quirks.
The ‘About the Choir’ section describes the type of choir, or choirs, the church has. These are typically Girls and Boys choirs with Men, or Mixed Choirs of adult men and women. It may also have information about how the singers are selected.
The ‘Contact Details’ section has a postcode that will hopefully be correct for the church, and for vehicles arriving by SatNav, but do check Google Maps as well, in case there is a discrepancy. The phone number is usually the main switchboard number for Cathedrals/Greater Churches/Colleges, or the Church/Parish Administrator for Parish Churches. Just ask your question on the phone, and you should be put through to the right person. Similarly, the email address is usually general for the relevant Church or Parish Office. Again, the office will forward your query to the appropriate person.
If you are a church that would like to be listed on this website and you want to be able to update your entry whenever you want to, then please register on our system and you will be given some login details so you can manage your account.
Here you can change your contact details, music list weblink, church and choir blurbs, or add a photo of your church and information about irregular services, or edit the events on your evensong service calendar.
NB: when editing your service calendar, please be sure to only include Choral Evensong services, making clear what type it is - i.e. Choral, Sung, Solemn, Festal - (if you are not sure, see explanation).