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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.

Today's Music

Sunday 26 February

  • 10:00 Matins
  • Introit: Gibbons Almighty and everlasting God
    Responses: Smith
    Canticles: Britten in C
    Voluntary: Purcell Voluntary for double organ Z 719
  • 11:15 Sung Eucharist
  • Setting: Tye Missa Euge bone
    Motet: Tallis O sacrum convivium
    Voluntary: Buxtehude Praeludium in D BuxWV 139
  • 15:00 Evensong
  • Introit: Gibbons Almighty and everlasting God
    Responses: Smith
    Canticles: Stanford in G
    Anthem: Gibbons See, see the Word is incarnate
    Voluntary: Harris Fantasy on an English Folk Tune

The Choir of Westminster Abbey

The Choir of Westminster Abbey is renowned worldwide as one of the finest choirs of its type. Comprising some 30 boys (all of whom attend the Abbey’s dedicated residential Choir School) and 12 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.

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Holy Week Concert

Holy Week Concert

Tuesday 11th April 2017
The Choir of Westminster Abbey is joined by St James’ Baroque for a Holy Week performance of J S Bach’s St John Passion.

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London Festival of Baroque Music

London Festival of Baroque Music

Tuesday 16th May 2017
The London Festival of Baroque Music returns to the Abbey for a performance of Bach’s late masterpiece: the monumental Mass in B minor.

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Becoming A Chorister

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.

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Latest Recordings

Latest Recordings

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.

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