Faire is the heaven (online concert)
Watch the Choir of Westminster Abbey perform masterpieces of cathedral music.
This exclusive performance was filmed live in the Abbey this summer in the presence of a small, socially-distanced audience.
Performing in concert for the first time in 18 months, the Abbey Choir presents a programme of signature works from its repertoire entitled ‘Faire is the heaven: masterpieces of cathedral music’.
The programme takes its name from the closing anthem by William Harris and is a celebration of the richness and variety of the cathedral choral tradition, featuring works by composers including Mendelssohn, Bruckner, Brahms, Stanford, Parry and Jonathan Dove.
In purchasing tickets, viewers will be helping to support the Abbey’s Heritage Preservation Appeal, set up in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic to help protect the three key areas of greatest need: conservation, care of the Abbey Collections, and the Choir and Choir School.
The concert will be available to watch online until 10.00pm (BST), Sunday 24th October 2021.
Plainsong Urbs Jerusalem beata
Bairstow Blessed City, heavenly Salem
Bruckner Ave Maria
Mendelssohn I waited for the Lord
Brahms Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen
Harris Flourish for an Occasion (solo organ)
Harvey Come, Holy Ghost
Dove They will rise
Stanford Beati quorum via
Parry Blest pair of sirens
Harris Faire is the heaven
About the performers
- The Choir of Westminster Abbey
- Peter Holder organ
- James O'Donnell conductor
The Choir of Westminster Abbey is renowned worldwide as one of the finest ensembles of its type, its repertoire extending from plainsong and Renaissance polyphony to twentieth-century masterpieces and new commissions. In addition to singing the daily services, as it has done since the fourteenth century, the Choir plays a central role in the many royal and state occasions which are held in the Abbey, as well as reaching a wider audience through its programme of broadcasts, recordings and international tours.
What the critics say
“This is cathedral choral singing at its finest and most inspiring.”
The Daily Telegraph
“A sumptuous banquet of choral delight.”
Standard ticket – £12
Please choose this ticket if there will only be one person in your household viewing the concert.
Household / supporter ticket – £20
Please choose this ticket if there will be multiple people in your household watching the concert or if you feel able to pay a little more to help the Abbey recover from the financial impact of the pandemic.
How to view the concert
Once you have booked your ticket, you can access the online event page for the concert by either:
- Clicking/tapping the link provided in the booking confirmation screen
- Clicking/tapping the link provided in your booking confirmation email
- Logging into your Eventbrite account and navigating to the event
Once the concert has started streaming, you will be able to view it as many times as you like until the stream ends on 24th October at 10:0pm (BST).
I have bought a ticket: why can’t I play the video on the online event page?
You may be trying to watch the concert before the scheduled start date or after the scheduled end date. Please check and contact us if you are still experiencing problems.
Is the concert video available to buy?
No, the concert is only available to watch on demand until Sunday 24th October 2021 but you can buy Abbey Choir recordings of many of the pieces of music in the programme:
- Bairstow Blessed City, heavenly Salem and Harris Faire is the heaven & Flourish for an Occasion feature on Bairstow, Harris & Stanford: choral works.
- Stanford Beati quorum via is included on Parry: Songs of farewell.
- Parry Blest pair of sirens is a highlight of Parry: I was glad & other choral works.
- Dove They will rise is due for release in 2022.
I can no longer use my ticket: can I get a refund?
We regret that online concert tickets are non-refundable.
Do I need any specialist software to watch the concert?
No specialist software is required: the concert is hosted on Vimeo, which is supported on most popular desktop and mobile platforms. Vimeo compatibility guidance can be found on their System Requirements for viewing, browsing, and apps page.
How do I expand the screen?
Click on the 4-arrow icon in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen to expand to a full-screen picture.
Can I watch the concert on more than one device?
Yes, if you have a ticket you can watch the concert on any device on which you are logged into your Eventbrite account.
How do I reduce buffering and improve playback quality?
Click on the cog icon in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen and select ‘Auto’ mode in the quality menu, which will adjust to the best video quality for your internet connection and processing speed. It may also help if you disable any browser extensions, plugins, or add-ons, close any excess browser windows or applications, and clear your browser's cache. More information can be found on Vimeo's Playback quality and buffering issues page.
Can I watch the concert on my TV?
There are a variety of ways to watch the concert on your TV. These include:
- connecting your PC or laptop to your TV with a HDMI or VGA cable
- using the Vimeo app (available for iPhone, iPad, or Android mobile devices) to cast the video to your AirPlay or Chromecast equipped TV. More information can be found on Vimeo's AirPlay and Chromecast page.
I can’t find an answer to my question
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