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Westminster Abbey and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Public worship will resume in the Abbey from 3rd December, and we will be open for visiting on selected days from 11th December.

In the meantime, the Abbey remains open for individual prayer and you are welcome to visit at the following times:

Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday: 12:30pm - 2:00pm


Organ Masterpieces from the Lady Chapel

James O'Donnell plays Bach, Purcell and Handel on The Queen's Organ

Album cover - Organ Masterpieces from the Lady Chapel of Westminster Abbey

Handel Organ Concerto Op 4 no 5 in F
Sweelinck Variations on ‘Est-ce Mars le grand Dieu des alarmes?’ SwWV 321
Bull Salve regina
Byrd Fantasia in C ‘for My Lady Nevell’ 
Purcell Voluntary for double organ Z 719
JS Bach Concerto in A minor BWV 593
JS Bach Fantasia in G (Pièce d’orgue) BWV 572
Mendelssohn Sonata Op 65 no 4 in B flat

James O'Donnell organ

The Abbey's Organist and Master of the Choristers puts the Lady Chapel Organ through its paces in a recital programme of Bach, Purcell, Handel and others. The 13-stop organ, commissioned in honour of the sixtieth anniversary of The Queen's Coronation, was installed permanently in the Lady Chapel in 2013 and this is the first recording made on the instrument in its Abbey home.


"This recital … is dazzling both in its technical virtuosity and in the kaleidoscopic exploration of the instrument's tonal palette."

- Barry Millington (Chief Music Critic, Evening Standard)

I’ve worked here for over thirty years and have seen many of the major services - it’s strange to realise that you are in a small way part of history.

Pamela - Rector's Secretary

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