Westminster Abbey has resounded to music every day for over one thousand years. Singing has played a hugely important role, from the plainsong Offices sung by the monks of the tenth-century monastic foundation to the daily choral services sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey today. Over the intervening centuries some of the most illustrious British organists, singers and composers have been closely associated with the Abbey, which continues to play a leading part in the musical and cultural life of the nation today.
Sunday 25 June
- 11:15 Sung Eucharist with Confirmation
- Setting: Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor
Motet: Lobo O quam suavis
Voluntary: Parry Fantasia and Fugue in G
- 15:00 Evensong
- Introit: Tallis If ye love me
Canticles: Leighton Second Service
Anthem: Schütz Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes
Voluntary: Bach Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 543
The Choir of Westminster AbbeyThe Choir of Westminster Abbey is renowned worldwide as one of the finest choirs of its type. Comprising some thirty boy choristers (all of whom are pupils the Abbey’s unique Choir School) and twelve professional adult singers (known as Lay Vicars), the Choir plays a central role both in the daily choral services in the Abbey and in the many royal, state and national occasions which take place there.
Becoming A Chorister
Each year up to eight talented boys are offered the chance to join the Abbey Choir and enrol as pupils at its unique, purpose-built school. Enquiries are welcome at any time from parents of boys aged seven and eight.
The Choir of Westminster Abbey’s latest recording on Hyperion brings together a choice selection of works by English composers Arnold Bax, Gerald Finzi and John Ireland.
Organ recitals are held in the Abbey every Sunday afternoon at 5.45 pm. These 30-minute concerts are free of charge and a wide range of music is presented, showcasing the Abbey’s magnificent Harrison and Harrison organ.