The Choral Evensong Project took over Southwell Minster earlier this month to share their passion for all things Evensong to those less likely to encounter it.
And the result?
Jess Sprott, landlady of The Admiral Rodney sums it up:
“Having never been to Evensong before we didn’t know what to expect, but the atmosphere and setting were superb, and we came out feeling refreshed and invigorated. We’ll definitely be back.”
The Choral Evensong Project, whose aim is to promote interest in, and support for the living tradition of Choral Evensong, worked with the Southwell Minster Choral Association to target local businesses and organisations unused to the tradition. It was followed by refreshments in The Crossing.
They attracted over 140 people and many said they would return.
The Dean, the Very Revd Nicola Sullivan said:
“We were so encouraged to see the strong response from local businesses and organisations to our special invitation to taste Evensong. It was a great evening and we look forward to welcoming people back again.
“We are always keen to share what we enjoy every day with our local community,” she added.
Evensong is sung at 5.30pm by the Cathedral Choir at Southwell on weekdays (except Wednesdays) in term time and at 3.30pm on Sundays. It lasts 40 – 45 minutes.
Secretary of the Southwell Minster Choral Association, Michael Davidson said:
“Attendances at cathedrals during midweek Evensongs nationally have increased by over 60% in the last 10 years. Choral Evensong is a tradition dating back centuries and here at Southwell we want as many people as possible to encounter it.
This peaceful service is perfect for soothing the stresses and strains of the day,” he added.