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.
Friday 12 January
- 17:00 Evensong
- Lay Vicars
- Introit: plainsong Hostis Herodes impie
Canticles: Guerrero Magnificat primi toni
Ortiz Nunc dimittis tertii toni
Anthem: Byrd O admirabile commercium
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.
New CD release
The Abbey Choir’s latest recording on Hyperion shines a light on the glorious music of lesser- known Tudor composer Nicholas Ludford.
2017-18 Concert Season Announced
Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Haydn’s Creation are amongst the highlights of the Abbey’s 2017–18 concert season, which also sees the return of the Summer Organ Festival.
Summer Organ Festival
Roger Sayer, James O’Donnell, Vincent Dubois, Matthew Jorysz and Peter Holder bring the Abbey’s magnificent five-manual Harrison and Harrison organ to life in this five-concert series celebrating ‘the king of instruments’.