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The Choir

Resident throughout most of the year, the Choir of Westminster Abbey sings the daily services in the Abbey, as it has since its foundation in the late fourteenth century. Today the Choir has a worldwide reputation which also encompasses its concerts, recordings and broadcasts.

Choir biography
James O'Donnell conducts the Choir of Westminster Abbey

James O’Donnell

Organist and Master of the Choristers James O’Donnell is the Abbey’s Director of Music and the principal conductor of the Abbey Choir.

Full biography
James O'Donnell conducts Abbey choristers during rehearsal in the Song School

The choristers

The choristers are all drawn from our unique Choir School. They come from all walks of life and enjoy an outstanding education alongside an incredible range of musical opportunities.

More about choristership
Abbey choristers practicing singing in the Song School

The organists

The Sub-Organist, Assistant Organist and Organ Scholar play the organ for the daily services and assist in conducting the Choir and training the choristers.

Peter Holder, Sub-Organist, Westminster Abbey

Peter Holder

Sub-Organist

Matthew Jorysz, Assistant Organist, Westminster Abbey

Matthew Jorysz

Assistant Organist

At different times of the day, or in different seasons, the light falling in the Abbey will light up something that you have walked past a million times and never seen before.

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Vanessa, Head of Conservation

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