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

26th May - 1st June 2024
Sunday, 26th May 2024
Trinity Sunday
10.00am Matins Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Tallis Responses
Tallis Te Deum 'for meanes'
Moore Jubilate
Gibbons Fantasia in A minor for double organ

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11.15am Sung Eucharist Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Taverner Mean Mass
Sheppard Libera nos
Bach Fugue in E flat

Preacher: The Reverend Helena Bickley-Percival Chaplain

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3.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Lassus Tibi laus
Tallis Responses
Palestrina Magnificat quarti toni
Quinney Nunc dimittis tertii toni
Byrd O lux beata Trinitas
Pott Laudes

Preacher: The Right Reverend Anthony Ball Canon in Residence

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Monday, 27th May 2024
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Muhly Oculi omnium in te sperant
plainsong Responses
Sumsion in G
Elgar Seek him that maketh the seven stars

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Tuesday, 28th May 2024
Lanfranc, Prior of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, scholar, 1089
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Muhly Oculi omnium in te sperant
plainsong Responses
Mundy in three parts
Taverner In pace in idipsum dormiam et requiescam

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Thursday, 30th May 2024
Day of Thanksgiving for the Institution of Holy Communion (Corpus Christi)
5.00pm Sung Eucharist Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Palestrina Missa Lauda Sion
Guerrero Caro mea vere est cibus
Bairstow Toccata-Prelude on 'Pange lingua gloriosi'

Preacher: The Right Reverend Anthony Ball Canon in Residence

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Friday, 31st May 2024
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St Elizabeth
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Muhly Oculi omnium in te sperant
plainsong Responses
Moore First Service
Verdelot Beata es virgo Maria

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Saturday, 1st June 2024
St Justin, martyr at Rome, c 165
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Muhly Oculi omnium in te sperant
Moore Responses
Ives Magdalen College Service
Walker Lord, thou hast been our refuge
Duruflé Scherzo

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