The Abbey remains open for worship and you are welcome to join us at our daily Eucharist service if you are able to travel here safely within current government guidelines.
However, for the time being we are unable to open the Abbey and St Margaret’s Church for general visiting.
Released June 2020
Stanford’s eight-part Latin Magnificat was posthumously dedicated to Parry, whose own Songs of farewell are unmistakably valedictory in mood. Personal as well as musical associations run deep in this poignantly expressive programme, recorded in June 2019 at All Hallows’ Church, Gospel Oak.
STANFORD Three Motets Op 38
Caelos ascendit hodie
Beati quorum via
GRAY Evening Service in F minor
STANFORD Magnificat for eight-part chorus in B flat Op 164
WOOD Nunc dimittis in B flat
PARRY Songs of Farewell
My soul there is a country
I know my soul hath power
Never weather-beaten sail
There is an old belief
At the round earth’s imagined corners
Lord, let me know mine end
James O’Donnell conductor
The Choir of Westminster Abbey
Album cover image: Statue of Moses at the High Altar, Westminster Abbey
I feel very privileged to work here. I take so much pride in working for a beautiful place like the Abbey, it’s unique.