What to see this week: choral Even­song

Country Life Every Week - - Athena -

The tra­di­tion of choral Even­song in Bri­tain is easy to take for granted, yet the fact that we can walk into churches across the coun­try and en­joy the live per­for­mance of mu­sic in out­stand­ingly beau­ti­ful build­ings at no cost is some­thing of a miracle. It’s an en­deav­our, more­over, that in­volves peo­ple of ev­ery age and de­mands the com­mit­ment of many thou­sands across the coun­try on a day-to-day ba­sis.

For those frus­trated by the de­tail of work­ing out when and where the ser­vice is to be cel­e­brated, look now at www.choraleven­song.org. It cov­ers Bri­tain and Ire­land. Hope­fully, it will en­cour­age more peo­ple to take ad­van­tage of this ex­tra­or­di­nary liv­ing tra­di­tion.

The church choir of Rud­stone, East York­shire, sing to the ac­com­pa­ni­ment of an­gels in a 1915 win­dow by Arthur Ward. They are di­rected from the or­gan by Sir Alexan­der Mac­don­ald

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