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

2nd - 8th October 2022
Sunday, 2nd October 2022
Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity
10.00am Matins Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

attr Farrant Lord, for thy tender mercy's sake
Ayleward Responses
Stanford in C
Parry Fugue in G Op 188ii

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11.15am Sung Eucharist Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Tye Missa Euge bone
Tallis O salutaris hostia
Buxtehude Praeludium in D minor BuxWV 140

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

attr Farrant Lord, for thy tender mercy's sake
Ayleward Responses
Stanford in C
Vaughan Williams O clap your hands
Bach Prelude and Fugue in G BWV 541

Preacher: The Venerable Tricia Hillas Canon in Residence

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Monday, 3rd October 2022
George Bell, Bishop of Chichester, ecumenist, peacemaker, 1958
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

plainsong Lucis Creator optime
plainsong Responses
Victoria Magnificat tertii toni
Quinney Nunc dimittis tertii toni
Hassler Dixit Maria

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Tuesday, 4th October 2022
St Francis of Assisi, friar, deacon, founder of the Friars Minor, 1226
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey; attended by HE The High Commissioner for Cyprus

Tallis If ye love me
Byrd Responses
Sumsion in G
Jackson Benedicite in G

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Thursday, 6th October 2022
William Tyndale, translator of the Scriptures, Reformation martyr, 1536
St Faith and her companions, martyrs, c 290
5.00pm Evensong Quire
attended by the Honorary Consul for Tuvalu; sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Tallis If ye love me
Byrd Responses
Hooper Full Service
Hooper Behold, it is Christ

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Friday, 7th October 2022
5.00pm Evensong Quire
attended by the Acting High Commissioner for Lesotho; sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Tallis If ye love me
Byrd Responses
Victoria Magnificat primi toni a 4
Victoria Nunc dimittis tertii toni
Philips Ecce vicit Leo

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Saturday, 8th October 2022
3.00pm Evensong with Presentation of Surplices and Admission of Choristers Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Tallis If ye love me
Byrd Responses
Byrd Great Service
Purcell O Lord God of hosts
Byrd Fantasia in A minor

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