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

9th - 15th May 2021
Sunday, 9th May 2021
Sixth Sunday of Easter
11.15am Sung Eucharist Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Byrd Mass for five voices
Palestrina Dextera Domini
Byrd Ave verum corpus
Buxtehude Praeludium in D BuxWV 139

Preacher: The Reverend Anthony Ball Canon of Westminster and Rector of St Margaret's Church

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3.00pm Evensong with the Installation of The Reverend Tricia Hillas as Canon of Westminster Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Harris Holy is the true light
Tomkins Responses
Howells in G
Stanford Ye choirs of new Jerusalem
Howells Paean

Preacher: The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle Dean of Westminster

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Tuesday, 11th May 2021
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Morley Responses
Morley First Service
Palestrina Exaltabo te Domine

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Thursday, 13th May 2021
Ascension Day
12.30pm Sung Eucharist Nave
sung by a cantor

Langlais Missa in simplicitate
Bach Es will der Höchste sich ein Siegsgepräng bereiten and Ja tausend mal tausend begleiten den Wagen (Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen BWV 43)
Bach Benedictus (Mass in B minor BWV 232)
Messiaen Transports de joie d'une âme devant la gloire du Christ qui est la sienne (L'ascension)

Preacher: The Reverend Mark Birch Minor Canon and Precentor

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Saturday, 15th May 2021
3.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Morley Responses
Marenzio Magnificat octavi toni
Victoria Nunc dimittis tertii toni
Mendelssohn I waited for the Lord

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Everyone is welcome at these services, free of charge. Some Sunday services require free tickets booked in advance.

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