Evensong at the Cathedral, 2017-2018

This year, the Choirs of the American Cathedral in Paris will be bringing the ancient Anglican tradition of Evensong back to life in the City of Lights. 

Evensong is a centuries-old musical tradition and has its roots in 16th-century England, when Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury under Henry VIII, took parts of the existing offices of compline and vespers and shaped a new service of evening prayer called Evensong.

Although increasingly popular in England, Evensong is rarely performed in Paris. The American Cathedral is therefore thrilled to announce our scheduled evensongs for this year: 

Saturday, 21 October, 4:30 PM, A Festival Evensong

The Royal School of Church Music (France) National Festival Evensong

Singers from all over the country combine to spend the day working with world-renown conductor, Malcolm Archer (former Director of Music at Saint Paul’s, London and Wells Cathedral).  The festival culminates in a beautiful evensong that features a setting of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis composed by Mr. Archer. 

A reception will follow in the Parish Hall


Thursday, 9 November, 5:00 PM, An Evensong of Remembrance

We will remember them.

This evensong is scheduled just days after the feasts of All Saints/All Souls and two days before Armistice or Remembrance Day.  The lessons and music will focus on remembering the ‘great cloud of witnesses’ who have gone before us and the men and women who sacrificed their lives during the Great War.

A reception will follow in the Parish Hall


Saturday, 6 January, 5:00 PM, An Epiphany Evensong

Arise, shine; for your light has come! 

Travel with the three sages as they are led by the star to the manger (or the cathedral).  Join us for a celebration of Epiphany in music, readings, and La galette des Rois!  

A reception will follow in the Parish Hall (featuring La galette des Rois!)


Thursday, 17 May, 5:00 PM, An Ascension Evensong

God is gone up with a triumphant shout!

Join us and be uplifted as we mark Christ’s ascension “far above all heavens that he might fill all things”.  The Cathedral Choir will be joined by The English Choir Berlin for this celebratory Evensong.

A reception will follow in the Parish Hall