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 January 2022
Sunday, 16th January 2022
Second Sunday of Epiphany
11.15am Sung Eucharist Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Palestrina Missa brevis
Poulenc Videntes stellam
Litaize Epiphanie

Preacher: The Reverend Dr James Hawkey Canon Theologian and Almoner

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3.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Mendelssohn Herr Gott, du bist unsre Zuflucht
Byrd Responses
Walmisley in D minor
Elgar Great is the Lord
Howells Paean

Preacher: The Reverend David Stanton Canon in Residence

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Tuesday, 18th January 2022
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Byrd Reges Tharsis et insulae
plainsong Responses
Mundy in four parts
Byrd Spiritus Domini

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Thursday, 20th January 2022
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Farrant Lord, for thy tender mercy's sake
Leighton Responses
Watson in E
Cornelius The Three Kings

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Friday, 21st January 2022
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
St Agnes, child-martyr at Rome, 304
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choristers

plainsong Lucis Creator optime
plainsong Responses
Magnificat tone VIII
Nunc dimittis tone VII
Mendelssohn Lift thine eyes

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Saturday, 22nd January 2022
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
St Vincent of Saragossa, deacon, first martyr of Spain, 304
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Farrant Lord, for thy tender mercy's sake
Leighton Responses
Walton Chichester Service
Walton Jubilate
McDowall Celebration

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Everyone is welcome at these services, free of charge. Security checks are in place upon entry.