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Old Jun 12th, 2008, 05:39 AM
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evensong at st paul's

has anyone gone to evensong at st pauls or westminster abbey? did you enjoy it?
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Old Jun 12th, 2008, 06:04 AM
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I think St. Paul's is better or a least it was. The choir director is (was) Mr. Scott and he was great with the trebles...just be sure when you go that it isnt the one evening a week that the service is said and not sung. The day will very from church to church.
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Old Jun 12th, 2008, 06:07 AM
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I've been to Evensong at Westminster Abbey and enjoyed it very much. Sunday morning at St. Paul's was wonderful, too.
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Old Jun 12th, 2008, 01:20 PM
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thanks!
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Old Jun 12th, 2008, 04:11 PM
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Attended both last year. Liked Westmister much more...smaller, more intimate experience and they didn't start until all tourists gone from building. St. Pauls started and tourists still milling about talking loudly - very distracting.
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Old Jun 12th, 2008, 05:19 PM
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Evensong is beautiful in either place.
Please note Westminster has a free
organ concert Sundays at 5:30 and may have other music during your stay, you
can check their website for details.
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 09:31 AM
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Has anyone experienced Evensong at St. Paul's recently? I'd love to go... wondering if this draws a large crowd and if I should expect to be able to get in?
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 09:42 AM
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Vespers at Westminster Cathedral (1700) now has probably the best of the three major church choirs in London.

"if I should expect to be able to get in?"
Except for state occasions, overcrowding is never a problem at any of London's Anglican churches.
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 09:51 AM
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Thanks, flanner. I was looking at Westminster, too, but was going to be nearer to St. Paul. I'll make the effort for Westminster. Thanks for the inspiration on choral singing in an earlier thread... sparked my interest.
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 10:36 AM
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" I was looking at Westminster, too, but was going to be nearer to St. Paul. I'll make the effort for Westminster.

just so you note that flanner was talking about Westminster Cathedral -- not Abbey. Different animals/different places.
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 01:27 PM
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Thanks, janisj!
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 01:57 PM
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Here's the thread for the concerts given by the organists, sub-organists, and assistant organists at Westminster Abbey:


http://www.westminster-abbey.org/mus...ATE=2011-04-01

The son of a friend is an assistant organist there so I have to declare an interest but it would be hard to do better.
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 02:06 PM
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I enjoyed St Paul's, but know nothing different.

We were told we could go into the historic "stalls" ( can't remember the true name for this area) instead of staying on the "overflow" seating outside on folding chairs. It was VERY VERY nice. No one talking or disturbing. This was one February though a few years ago.

Many people did not realize it was OK to sit "inside" that area where the choir actually was.. so many of us moved in there once someone motioned for us to feel welcome to do so.. It was so much more comfortable and moving.
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Old Mar 29th, 2011, 09:28 AM
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Thanks so much annhig and lincasanova for the additional information.
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Old Mar 29th, 2011, 09:42 AM
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St. Paul's is a great venue for EvenSong. If you get there early, you probably will be able to sit in the stalls and tourists certainly won't be distract you. Westminster Cathedral (Catholic) and Westminster Abbey (Anglican) also have EvenSong Services if you are in the Victoria area. If you are at Hampton Court on Sunday, they also have an EvenSong Service. Some of the smaller churches also have EvenSong on Sundays - you would have to check their schedules.
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