At the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Music, we are undertaking a three-year, AHRC-funded project to investigate the ways in which people experience Choral Evensong in twenty-first-century Britain.
Inspired by the growing numbers of people reportedly attending Choral Evensong in many – though not all – of the churches where it is regularly held, we are using a range of methodologies including surveys, interviews, focus groups, physiological monitoring and psychology studies, as well as ethnographic participant observation, to ask questions including: who is going? Why? What do they experience when they are there? And what light might social, cultural and psychological perspectives shed on what this might tell us about sacred music and twenty-first century society?
Links to live surveys and publications arising from the research will appear on this site, but if you have experience of Choral Evensong and have views to share, you can contact me, Kathryn King, the project’s Principal Researcher, at the following addresses:
- Kathryn King, Experiences of Evensong, Magdalen College, Oxford, OX1 4AU.