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

28th May - 3rd June 2023
Sunday, 28th May 2023
Day of Pentecost (Whit Sunday)
10.30am Sung Eucharist Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Duruflé Messe Cum jubilo
Sheppard Spiritus Sanctus
Duruflé Choral varié sur le Veni Creator Op 4iii

Preacher: The Reverend Mark Birch MVO Precentor

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3.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Tallis If ye love me
Tallis Responses
Howells in E
Howells My eyes for beauty pine
Bach Komm, heiliger Geist BWV 651

Preacher: The Right Reverend Anthony Ball Canon in Residence

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Monday, 29th May 2023
The Restoration of the Monarchy, 1660
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Byrd Spiritus Domini replevit orbem terrarum
plainsong Responses
Moore First Service
Moore Behold, O God our defender

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Tuesday, 30th May 2023
Josephine Butler, social reformer, 1906
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Byrd Spiritus Domini replevit orbem terrarum
plainsong Responses
Palestrina Magnificat primi toni a 8
plainsong Nunc dimittis
Poulenc Salut, dame sainte

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Thursday, 1st June 2023
St Justin, martyr at Rome, c 165
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Byrd Spiritus Domini replevit orbem terrarum
plainsong Responses
Soriano Magnificat primi toni
Palestrina Nunc dimittis tertii toni a 8
Monteverdi Deus tuorum militum

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Friday, 2nd June 2023
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Byrd Spiritus Domini replevit orbem terrarum
plainsong Responses
Palestrina Magnificat sexti toni
Quinney Nunc dimittis tertii toni
Tallis In pace in idipsum dormiam et requiescam

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Saturday, 3rd June 2023
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Hildegard of Bingen Laus Trinitati
Byrd and Quinney Responses
Victoria Magnificat tertii toni
Vento Nunc dimittis tertii toni
Byrd O lux beata Trinitas
Byrd My Ladye Nevells Grownde

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