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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 20 December

  • 15:00 Evensong
  • Introit: plainsong O Key of David
    Responses: Martin
    Canticles: Wesley in E
    Anthem: Wise Prepare ye the way of the Lord
    Voluntary: Vierne Allegro risoluto from Symphonie II

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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Holy Week Concert

Holy Week Concert
Westminster Abbey’s Holy Week concert presents a rare opportunity to hear Arvo Pärt’s compelling and profoundly beautiful setting of the Passion of Christ as told in the Gospel of St John.

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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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