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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 28 May

  • 17:00 Evensong
  • Lay Vicars
  • Introit: Lassus Tibi laus, tibi gloria
    Responses: Moore
    Canticles: Tallis Magnificat à 4
    plainsong Nunc dimittis
    Anthem: Tallis O sacrum convivium
    Voluntary: Byrd Fantasia in A minor

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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Handel - Israel in Egypt

Handel - Israel in Egypt
Listen to the Choir of Westminster Abbey and leading period-instrument orchestra St James's Baroque performing Handel's dramatic oratorio as part of the London Festival of Baroque Music.

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Latest Recordings

Latest Recordings
The Abbey Choir joins forces with Onyx Brass and organist Daniel Cook in a programme of some of Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry’s lesser-known early works alongside the favourites

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