Evensong and Other Special Services


Evensong and Other Special Services

Music List for Lent through Easter Day

What is Evensong? Choral Evensong is an informal name for the sung service of Evening Prayer in the Anglican tradition. It is based on the monastic offices of prayer of the medieval church—a combined service of the evening office of Vespers and the nighttime office of Compline—and was incorporated into the first Book of Common Prayer in 1549. Today Evensong is celebrated around the world as a beautiful, contemplative service marking the end of the day and filled with music and prayer, often in the language of those early prayer books.

Since most of the service of choral Evensong is sung by the choir to musical settings that draw on the rich repertoire of choral music composed specifically for the service, the congregation participates mainly through attentive meditation on the words of Holy Scripture and prayer, either said or set to music. We invite all to celebrate the end of the Lord’s Day in this contemplative service of prayer, music, and reflection.

St. Bartholomew’s celebrates Evensong generally on the first Sunday of the month, October through June. See below for the 2017-18 schedule of dates and music for Evensong and other major liturgies off the church year.  All are invited to reception following Evensong and most other special services, sponsored by members of the parish and the Hospitality Committee.

Choral Evensong Music Schedule
First Sunday Music Schedule


Sunday, October 1, 4 p.m.         
17th Sunday after Pentecost

John E. West, Hide me under the shadow of thy wings
Thomas Walmisley, Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in Dm
Arvo Part, Littlemore Tractus

Wednesday, November 1, 7 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
All Saints’ Day

Gabriel Faure, Requiem
Sophia Gonzalez, soprano, and Tim McLellan, baritone

Sunday, November 5
Holy Eucharist
All Saints’ Sunday, 10:15 a.m.

Dan Locklair, Remembrance for organ and trumpet

Evensong, 4 p.m.

H. Harris, Holy is the true light
Orlando Gibbons, Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Second Service)
Geraint Lewis, The souls of the righteous

Sunday, December 3, 4 p.m.
A Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols

John Brooks, Advent Responsory
Andre Thomas, Keep your lamps
Frank Boles, Adam lay ybounden
Orlando Gibbons, This is the record of John
Stephen Paulus, Hallelu
Andrew Carter, A maiden most gentle
Jonathan Dove, Seek him that maketh the seven stars 

Sunday, December 24, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Christmas Eve

Harold Darke, In the bleak midwinter
Johann von Herbeck, Pueri concinite
Richard Shephard, Mass of the Nativity


Sunday, January 7, 4 p.m.
Evensong for The Epiphany

Sunday, March 4, 4 p.m.                             
A Meditation on the Passion of Christ for Lent

Holy Week

Wednesday, March 28, 7 p.m.

Healey Willan, Responsories for Tenebrae
Timothy Krueger, Lamentations

Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m.
Maundy Thursday

Peter Latona, Mandatum
Maurice Durufle, Ubi Caritas

Friday, March 30, 7 p.m.
Good Friday

The Passion of St. John (TBD)
arr., Michael Barrett, Indodana

Saturday, March 31, 7 p.m.
Easter Vigil

Sunday, April 1
Easter Day

Sunday, April 15, 4 p.m.
The Third Sunday of Easter                        

Hymn-Sing for Easter

Continue the Easter celebration with festive hymns for organ and brass and a service of Evening Prayer.

Sunday, May 6, 4 p.m                                              
Great Music Series Concert

Anton Dvorak, Mass in D
A collaboration with San Diego Coterie Choir and Orchestra

Angela Yeung, conductor
Nathan Costa, organ

Wednesday, May 9, 7 p.m.
Holy Eucharist                                  
Eve of the Feast of Ascension

Sunday, June 3, 4 p.m.
The Second Sunday after Pentecost


June 2018 (dates TBA)

Benjamin Britten’s, Noye’s Fludde

A community opera for all ages, in collaboration with All Saints Episcopal Church, Point Loma