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

25th February - 2nd March 2024
Sunday, 25th February 2024
Second Sunday of Lent
10.00am Matins Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Byrd Responses
Dyson Benedicite in F
Stanford Benedictus (Sonata Britannica)

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

Palestrina Missa Papae Marcelli
Byrd Miserere mei Deus
Bach Fantasia and Fugue in C minor

Preacher: The Reverend Mark Birch MVO Precentor

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3.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Farrant Call to remembrance, O Lord
Byrd Responses
Byrd Third Service
Byrd Memento homo quod cinis es
Alain Variations sur un thème de Clément Jannequin

Preacher: The Right Reverend Anthony Ball Canon in Residence

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Monday, 26th February 2024
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

plainsong Audi benigne Conditor
plainsong Responses
Ward First Service
Morley Let my complaint come before thee, O Lord

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Tuesday, 27th February 2024
George Herbert, priest, poet, 1633
5.00pm Evensong with Installation of a Lay Vicar Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Ferguson It was in that train
Radcliffe Responses
Watson in E
Vaughan Williams Love bade me welcome

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Thursday, 29th February 2024
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

plainsong Audi benigne Conditor
plainsong Responses
Viadana Magnificat secundi toni
Viadana Nunc dimittis tertii toni
Blitheman In pace in idipsum dormiam et reqiescam

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Friday, 1st March 2024
St David, Bishop of Menevia, patron of Wales, c 589
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

plainsong Audi benigne Conditor
plainsong Responses
Monte Magnificat septimi toni
Vento Nunc dimittis quarti toni
Palestrina Veritas mea et misericordia mea cum ipso

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Saturday, 2nd March 2024
St Chad, Bishop of Lichfield, missionary, 672
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Ferguson It was in that train
Radcliffe Responses
Sumsion in G
Chilcott Be thou my vision
Howells Psalm Prelude Set 1 no 1

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