679 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06119
Available in-person to a limited audience and livestreamed. The ancient and beautiful service of Choral Evensong is presented on the fourth Sunday of selected months at St. John’s. Join us on April 25 at 5:00pm for music by the St. John’s Schola; Scott Lamlein, organist and choirmaster.
This event will be live streamed, and will be available in-person to a limited audience, with social distancing. Tickets are required for entry. Please read the COVID-19 protocols and procedures below before attending.
The concert is free admission, suggested donation $20. Checks payable to Music at the Red Door or click here to donate online.
No registration required to watch online – simply return to this page.
Click below to watch. Click here for the service leaflet.
Canticles: Weelkes Short Service
Anthems: Crossing the bar (Parry), John 3:16 (Boykin)
Organ: Andante Cantabile (Symphony V, Widor), Fugue in G minor (BWV 542b, Bach)
For COVID-19 Safety, the following protocols are in place for those attending in person:
- Wear a mask over your mouth and nose at all times. Masks are required regardless of vaccine status. We have disposable masks should you need one.
- Practice social distancing at all times. Observe signs and the directions of ushers about where to sit. Greet one another from a distance, do not linger in the building after the ushers have dismissed you.
- If you might need to get up during the concert, please sit on the right side of the nave. The first-floor restrooms are available should you need them. Please refrain from going into other areas of the building.
- Children must stay with their accompanying adult(s).
- Entry is through the main red doors only, so park accordingly.
- Please do not leave your seat until directed by an usher; exiting will happen row-by-row starting from the rear of the hall.
- Exit is through the red doors or the side door into the cloister, as directed by an usher.
- There will not be a meet-the-artist reception. Any social time must happen outside.
- You may leave your donation in the basket in the center aisle. We can also receive donations through the mail or online. Thank you!
What is Choral Evensong? “Evensong … is a very tiny fragment of something else: it is a fragment of the worship which is offered to God by Christian people every hour in every part of the world. When you come to Evensong here it is as if you were dropping in on a conversation already in progress — a conversation between God and people which began long before you were born and will go on long after you are dead.”
Why celebrate Evensong? Evensong offers to us the opportunity to gather and spend time in prayer while listening and participating in music that is especially selected to bring us into deeper understanding of the mysteries of our faith.
How long does Choral Evensong last? Approximately 35-45 minutes
What should I expect at Evensong? Hymns, readings, Anglican chant and anthems sung by the choir
Will there be a sermon? No.
Why does the choir sing so much at Choral Evensong? In Choral Evensong the choir sings on “behalf of” the congregation. The settings of the Canticles of Mary (Magnificat) and Simeon (Nunc Dimittis) are always sung by the choir alone. The Suffrages (prayers) and the Responses between the Officiant and People are also sung between the Officiant and Choir on behalf of the people. This allows the congregation time to meditate and enter into deeper prayer through words and music.
What does the congregation do in Evensong? The congregation joins in the singing of the hymns, the Apostle’s Creed and the Lord’s Prayer. The congregation joins in silent meditation through the prayers and canticles.
How will I know what I should do during the service? A bulletin outlining the service will be available.
What is a canticle? A canticle (from the Latin canticulum, a diminutive of canticum, song) is a hymn (strictly excluding the Psalms) taken from the Bible.