You might think that there would be fewer Evensong services in the summer, and you would be right.
But there are some wonderful things that happen in the summer that lead to some great singing at Evensong services. I took part in my own at the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Carolina Course last month at Duke Chapel.
And I'm just back from Evensong from the Washington DC RSCM Course concluding Evensong at the National Cathedral on Sunday, where the service was also splendid.
I'm not familiar with much about the National Cathedral, and I wish I didn't have to be critical of what was a very fine service, but I will say that one of the things that made the Carolina Course evensong so meaningful was the excellent preaching, and the focus on music in the sermon. I think that with choristers from all over the country, (even a couple from Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis!) this was a real missed opportunity this past Sunday.
Girls' Choristers Course at St. Thomas, Fifth Avenue, New York City
The Three Choirs Festival
The Southern Cathedral's Festival
Choral Evensong (will air tomorrow, Wednesday 7 August and be available for the week following).
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