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

24th - 30th October 2021
Sunday, 24th October 2021
Last Sunday after Trinity
11.15am Sung Eucharist Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Palestrina Missa sine nomine a 6
Guerrero Caro mea
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 Lay Vicars

Poulenc Ô mes très chers frères
Moore Responses
Howells in E
Howells My eyes for beauty pine
Harris Maestoso (Sonata in A minor)

Preacher: The Venerable Adam Atkinson Archdeacon of Charing Cross, Diocese of London

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Tuesday, 26th October 2021
St Cedd, Abbot of Lastingham, Bishop of the East Saxons, 664
St Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, scholar, 899
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars; attended by HE The High Commissioner for St Vincent and the Grenadines

Mundy A new commandment give I unto you
plainsong Responses
Mundy Service in four parts
Parsons Benedictus

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Thursday, 28th October 2021
St Simon and St Jude, apostles
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Viadana Exsultate justi in Domino
Ayleward Responses
Tallis Magnificat and Nunc dimittis octavi toni
Tallis Loquebantur variis linguis

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Friday, 29th October 2021
James Hannington, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, martyr, 1885
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choristers; attended by HE The High Commissioner for Antigua and Barbuda

plainsong Te lucis ante terminum
plainsong Responses
plainsong Magnificat on the second tone
plainsong Nunc dimittis on the third tone
Purcell An Evening Hymn

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Saturday, 30th October 2021
3.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Weelkes All people clap your hands
Ayleward Responses
Wood Collegium Regale
Britten Te Deum in C

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