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.
Thursday 25 August
- 17:00 Evensong
- Choir of the Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York City, USA
- Responses: Rose
Canticles: Dyson in D
Anthem: Watson Henderson Bless the Lord, O my soul
The Choir of Westminster AbbeyThe 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.
Brass on the Grass
Enjoy music from some of the UK's finest brass bands at Westminster Abbey. These free concerts take place every Wednesday from 20th July until 14th September, from 12:30-2:00pm.
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.
The Choir of Westminster Abbey and James O’Donnell bring Taverner to the fore in this new release from Hyperion, as they present two of the undisputed choral masterpieces: Missa Mater Christi sanctissima and Western Wynde Mass.