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

19th - 25th March 2023
Sunday, 19th March 2023
Fourth Sunday of Lent - Mothering Sunday
10.00am Matins Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Mouton Salva nos Domine
plainsong Responses
Batten Benedicite
Byrd Benedictus (Short Service)
Buxtehude Praeludium in F sharp minor BuxWV 146

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11.15am Sung Eucharist Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars; attended by The King's Scholars of Westminster School

Taverner Mean Mass
Palestrina Super flumina Babylonis
Mendelssohn Con moto maestoso (Sonata in A Op 65 no 3)

Preacher: The Reverend David Stanton Sub-Dean and Canon Treasurer

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3.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Mouton Salva nos Domine
plainsong Responses
Ives Magdalen College Service
Byrd Tribulatio proxima est
Bach Passacaglia in C minor BWV 582i

Preacher: The Right Reverend Anthony Ball Canon in Residence

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Monday, 20th March 2023
St Joseph
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choirs of Godolphin and Latymer School and Radley College; attended by HE The High Commisioner for Namibia

Clucas Responses
Howells Collegium Regale
Hadley My beloved spake

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Thursday, 23rd March 2023
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choir of the Royal Hospital School

Smith Responses
Howells Gloucester Service
Moore It is a thing most wonderful

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Friday, 24th March 2023
Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, martyr, 1980
Elizabeth I, Queen of England, founder of the College of St Peter at Westminster, 1603
5.00pm Sung Eucharist of the Annunciation of Our Lord Quire
sung by Hertford Chamber Choir

Palestrina Missa Aeterna Christi munera
Hassler Dixit Maria ad angelum
Buxtehude Magnificat primi toni BuxWV 203

Preacher: The Reverend Dan Warnke Priest Vicar

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Saturday, 25th March 2023
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by The Oriana Singers Radcliffe Responses
Moore Third Service
Shephard The Secret of Christ
Buxtehude Magnificat noni toni BuxWV 205
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Everyone is welcome at these services, free of charge. Security checks are in place upon entry.