Men and women of The Choir of Trinity Wall Street standing in St. Paul's Chapel, wearing all black, holding candles and singing.

Compline by Candlelight

Sundays; 8–8:30pm in St. Paul’s Chapel

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street; Thomas McCargar, director

Compline means "completion" and is an ancient rite of prayers to end the day. Providing peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins, Trinity's 30-minute Compline service is unique in that all who enter are asked to simply hold a candle as the The Choir of Trinity Wall Street beautifully improvises these nighttime prayers in song.

Compline takes place in-person at historic St. Paul's Chapel (209 Broadway at Fulton Street), and reservations are not required. Compline audio podcasts are also released every Sunday on our website, Facebook, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and other podcast apps. Listen to the latest episodes below.

Recent Recordings

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Compline by Candlelight

February 18, 2024

Compline by Candlelight provides peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins. Enjoy 30 minutes of improvised music by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street with this week's podcast, featuring:

The Day is Done – Stephen Paulus

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Compline by Candlelight

February 4, 2024

Compline by Candlelight provides peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins. Enjoy 30 minutes of improvised music by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street with this week's podcast, featuring:

Ave verum corpus – William Byrd

If ye love me – Thomas Tallis

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Compline by Candlelight

January 21, 2024

Compline by Candlelight provides peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins. Tonight, hear The Choir Trinity Wall Street improvise: Bring me all your dreams – Christopher H. Harris

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Compline by Candlelight

January 14, 2024

Compline by Candlelight provides peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins. Tonight, hear The Choir of Trinity Wall Street improvise: Tribus Miraculis by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

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Compline by Candlelight: From the Archives

January 7, 2024

Compline by Candlelight provides peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins. Tonight, hear The Choir of Trinity Wall Street improvise William Byrd's Ave Maria.

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Compline by Candlelight: From the Archives

December 31, 2023

Compline by Candlelight provides peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins. Set in the tranquility of St. Paul’s Chapel. Tonight, hear The Choir of Trinity Wall Street improvise Josquin des Prez's Missa Pange Lingua (Kyrie and Agnus Dei)

Special Compline by Candlelight
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Special Compline by Candlelight

December 17, 2023

Join The Choir of Trinity Wall Street on December 17, at 8pm, in St. Paul's Chapel for Compline by Candlelight, an ancient rite of prayers to end the day. Featuring works by Piers Connor Kennedy, Judith Weir, Jonathan Woody, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, and Benedict Sheehan; curated and led by Timothy Parsons.

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Compline by Candlelight

December 10, 2023

Compline by Candlelight provides peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins. Tonight, hear The Choir of Trinity Wall Street improvise: Guillaume Du Fay – Alma redemptoris mater II

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Compline by Candlelight

December 3, 2023

Compline by Candlelight provides peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins. Tonight, hear The Choir of Trinity Wall Street improvise: O King All Glorious - Healey Willan

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Compline by Candlelight

November 26, 2023

Compline by Candlelight provides peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins. Tonight, hear The Choir of Trinity Wall Street improvise: Ubi Caritas – Ola Gjeilo

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