Evensong at The Charterhouse

Thursday 18th July 2024

This event is now fully booked.

This event is an unusually small venue and, as described below, there is only room for a choir of 25 in the choir gallery. Thanks to all who have responded, and my apologies to everyone else who was interested to come.

If you did apply and have not received an acknowledgment from me, please email me.

Choral Evensong
The Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square, London.

The London Charterhouse is a historic complex of buildings in Farringdon, near Smithfield market and the Barbican, which originates from a Carthusian priory founded in 1371.
From 1545 it became one of the great “courtyard houses” of Tudor London, and was purchased by Thomas Sutton, who established a school for the young and an almshouse for the old.
The school relocated to Godalming, Surrey in 1872, and is famous now as “Charterhouse” public school. The almshouse is still here on the original site, and we shall give Choral Evensong in the historic Jacobean chapel. It will be the day of the annual Governors’ meeting, and, following Evensong, we have been invited to join the Annual Brothers’ Garden Party, thus completing what will be a very special and historic day.

The Jacobean Chapel

The Great Hall

The Tudor buildings and entrance from Charterhouse Square


Thursday 18th July 2024

10.30am Welcome, registration and coffee
11.00am Guided Tour
12.30pm Lunch
1.15pm Rehearsal
4.30pm Tea
5.30pm Choral Evensong
6.30pm-8pm (approx) Brothers' Garden Party

What will we sing?

Introit: "I'll praise my maker with my Breath" (Psalm 46/Isaac Watts)
Responses and Canticles: Ayleward
Anthem: Give almes of thy goods (Tye)
Hymn: Glory to thee my God this night (Tallis)
Voluntary: "Lord of all power and might" (Mason)

What do I wear?

For the service, everyone must wear any combination of black and white. For the ladies this means black or white dresses, tops and skirts or trousers, shoes, and discreet personal jewellery. Tights may be black or natural. For the gentlemen, white or black shirts open at the neck, black trousers, socks and shoes, and white or black jackets or jumpers if worn. Dinner jacket components are acceptable. I will be wearing a white shirt and black trousers and shoes.

There will be limited time (and not a lot of privacy) for changing immediately prior to each service.


Because we will be meeting as a full choir only on the day, it is very important that everyone prepares in advance as much as necessary to be able to sing their part on the day with few or no stumbles over the notes.
I will place rehearsal videos for each part for each piece here, which you can watch and sing along with as an efficient and easy way to practice your part as often as you feel you need to.
You will also gain access to our set of singing technique videos, including 'Setting up to Sing', 'Breathing', 'Clarity of Sound', 'Resonance', and others. Specially and exclusivley produced for us, they give you the opportunity to work on your technique even though we do not meet ahead of the event.

Can I bring a partner or a friend?

Friends, family and partners are very welcome to attend the actual service as members of the congregation, and this is open to the public at no charge.

If you would like to know about future events like this send me an email at phil@withcheerfulvoice.org.uk.

Music files and practice videos for The Charterhouse will appear here in due course.

Choral Evensong

  • Preces and Responses

  • Psalm Learn the chant

  • Psalm Full words sing through

  • Magnificat

  • Nunc Dimittis