Choral services

Sung prayer has been offered in Westminster Abbey nearly every day for over a thousand years. Today, services are sung daily during term time by the world-renowned Choir of Westminster Abbey, and by visiting choirs when the Abbey Choir is in recess.

The music sung ranges from Gregorian chant dating from the first millennium to contemporary music and encompasses the remarkable richness and variety of the Anglican choral tradition.

This week's choral services

16th - 22nd May 2021
Sunday, 16th May 2021
Seventh Sunday of Easter - Sunday after Ascension Day
11.15am Sung Eucharist Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Mozart Missa in C K220 ‘Spatzenmesse’
Gibbons O clap your hands together
Guerrero O sacrum convivium
Buxtehude Praeludium in C BuxWV 136

Preacher: The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle Dean of Westminster

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3.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Tallis O Lord, give thy Holy Spirit
Rose Responses
Walmisley in D minor
Elgar The Spirit of the Lord
Bairstow Allegro giocoso (Sonata in E flat)

Preacher: The Reverend Anthony Ball Canon in Residence

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Monday, 17th May 2021
5.00pm Evensong with the Installation of Sir Kenneth Olisa as High Bailiff Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Byrd Responses
Byrd Second Service
Monteverdi Cantate Domino

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Saturday, 22nd May 2021
3.00pm First Evensong of the Day of Pentecost Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Gibbons and Barnard Responses
Gibbons Second Service
Tallis Loquebantur variis linguis
Bach Komm, heiliger Geist BWV 651

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Everyone is welcome at these services, free of charge. Some Sunday services require free tickets booked in advance.

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