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 September 2021
Sunday, 19th September 2021
Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity
3.00pm Evensong with installation of Sacrist and admission of Choristers Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Pitoni Cantate Domino
Radcliffe Responses
Stanford in A
Brahms Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (A German Requiem)
Stanford Postlude in D minor Op 105 no 6

Preacher: The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle Dean of Westminster

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Monday, 20th September 2021
John Coleridge Patteson, first Bishop of Melanesia, and his companions, martyrs, 1871
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

plainsong Lucis Creator optime
plainsong Responses
Morales Magnificat primi toni
Reid Nunc dimittis tertii toni
Morales Ecce virgo concipiet

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Tuesday, 21st September 2021
St Matthew, apostle and evangelist
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Batten O praise the Lord
Morley Responses
Tomkins Fifth Service
Viadana Exsultate justi in Domino

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Thursday, 23rd September 2021
5.00pm Evensong with installation of Deputy Receiver General Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Batten O praise the Lord
Morley Responses
Blow in F
Palestrina Exaltabo te Domine

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Friday, 24th September 2021
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choristers

plainsong Responses
plainsong Magnificat on the seventh tone
plainsong Nunc dimittis on the third tone
Mendelssohn If with all your hearts (Elijah Op 70)

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Saturday, 25th September 2021
Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop of Winchester, spiritual writer, Dean of Westminster, 1601–05, 1626
3.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Batten O praise the Lord
Morley Responses
Weelkes Service 'for trebles'
Berkeley The Lord is my shepherd
Franck Cantabile (Trois pièces)

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