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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

Saturday 29 November

  • 15:00 Evensong
  • Introit: Clucas Wake, O wake
    Responses: Gibbons and Barnard
    Canticles: Schütz Deutsches Magnificat
    Wood Nunc dimittis in B flat
    Anthem: Britten A Hymn of St Columba
    Voluntary: Franck Pièce héroïque

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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Organ recitals

Organ recitals
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. All are welcome

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Choir Tour to US

Choir Tour to US
The Abbey Choir and Sub-Organist Daniel Cook will undertake a major tour of the United States this autumn under the direction of Organist and Master of the Choristers James O’Donnell. The fortnight-long tour will take the choir to a number of major cities, including Washington DC, Dallas, Knoxville, Cincinnati and New York.

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Latest Recordings

Latest Recordings
Duruflé’s Requiem Op 9 forms the centrepiece of this new recording of remembrancetide music from the Choir of Westminster Abbey with Britten Sinfonia and soloists Christine Rice and Roderick Williams.

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