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

22nd - 28th May 2022
Sunday, 22nd May 2022
Sixth Sunday of Easter
10.00am Matins Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Bairstow Jesu the very thought of thee
Clucas Responses
Vaughan Williams Te Deum in G
Walton Jubilate Deo
Bach after Ernst Allegro (Concerto in G BWV 592)

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

Tye Missa Euge bone
Taverner Dum transisset Sabbatum
Bach Toccata in F BWV 540i

Preacher: The Reverend Mark Birch Precentor

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3.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Bairstow Jesu the very thought of thee
Clucas Responses
Howells St Paul's Service
Stainer How beautiful upon the mountains
Widor Moderato (Symphonie Romane Op 73)

Preacher: The Venerable Tricia Hillas Canon in Residence

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Tuesday, 24th May 2022
John and Charles Wesley, evangelists, hymn-writers, 1791 and 1788
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Wesley Si iniquitates observaveris
Moore Responses
Sumsion in G
Walker I will lift up mine eyes

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Thursday, 26th May 2022
Ascension Day
5.00pm Sung Eucharist Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Mozart Missa in F K192
Gowers Viri Galilaei
Guilmant March on a theme of Handel Op 15 no 2

Preacher: The Reverend Dr James Hawkey Canon Theologian and Almoner

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Friday, 27th May 2022
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Mendelssohn Erhaben, o Herr
Rose Responses
Palestrina Magnificat quarti toni
Victoria Nunc dimittis tertii toni
Gibbons O clap your hands together

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Saturday, 28th May 2022
Lanfranc, Prior of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, scholar, 1089
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Byrd O Rex gloriae
Byrd and Quinney Responses
Mundy in three parts
Tomkins Thou art my King, O God
Gibbons A Fancy in Gamut Flatt

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