I enjoy Evensong, because weekly for about a year I volunteered (in former days) as an Evensong singer.
This was at The Church of St. Michael and All Angels, directed by the excellent David Riley. That church (in Baltimore, MD) no longer does Evensong, though.
Apparently, they had an ironclad budget for only the music director's part in this (perhaps from a donation), although absolutely no congregation members ever attended (!) that I know of. So, the singers' experience was all fun, performing only for the aesthetic sense of the director.
We (music students) rehearsed a different musical Evensong setting every week during the hour before, and thereupon immediately went "on stage." We even had a countertenor.
Whoever might appear got to sing, so we did so completely for our own pleasure. Most of us attended consistently.
We covered quite a variety of Evensong settings and always (each time) enjoyed an after-party at a Chinese restaurant. :)
So, that's indeed why I enjoy Evensong.
Copyright (c) 2014 Mark D. Blackwell.