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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

Sunday 7 January

  • 10:00 Matins
  • Lay Vicars
  • Introit: Heintz Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam
    Responses: Byrd and Quinney
    Canticles: Tomkins Fifth Service
    Voluntary: Bach Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam BWV 684
  • 11:15 Sung Eucharist
  • Lay Vicars
  • Setting: Mouton Missa Dictes moy toutes voz pensées
    Motet: Victoria Magi viderunt stellam
    Voluntary: Vierne Naïades
  • 15:00 Evensong
  • Lay Vicars
  • Introit: Heintz Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam
    Responses: Byrd and Quinney
    Canticles: Ward First Service
    Anthem: Tomkins Great and marvellous are thy works
    Voluntary: Bach Prelude and Fugue in A BWV 536

The Choir of Westminster Abbey

The 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.

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New CD release

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.

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2017-18 Concert Season Announced

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.

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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’.

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