Thursday, 23rd May 2019
Chorister Experience Day
Westminster Abbey enjoyed another successful Chorister Experience last weekend, welcoming thirteen boys to the Abbey and Choir School for the afternoon. The boys were treated to a tour by the Abbey’s Learning team, then a very special visit to the organ loft, where the boys even tried out a few tunes on the mighty organ! Next was a rehearsal with the choristers, working on the music for Evensong with the Organist and Master of the Choristers, James O’Donnell. After refreshments at the Choir School it was back to Song School for robing and procession practice and, after some last-minute cassock adjustments, the boys sang Evensong with the Abbey choir to a congregation of over seven hundred people. One Chorister Experience parent commented: ‘He was literally beaming when he came out; it’s truly a once in a lifetime experience and he absolutely loved every second.’
Monday, 20th May 2019
London Festival of Baroque Music
The London Festival of Baroque Music made its annual visit to Westminster Abbey last week. The Choir of Westminster Abbey were joined by St James' Baroque Orchestra in performing a programme of Handel and Bach, including the Magnificat in D. The concert was well attended and the Handel Coronation Anthems were particularly well received.
Friday, 22nd March 2019
UK Intermediate Mathematical Challenge 2019
In this annual competition for Year 11s and below which took place last month, George Purves and Stephen Lam each earned a Bronze Certificate, while Charlie Shaw earned a Silver certificate. Many, many congratulations to all who participated.
Tuesday, 12th March 2019
Commonwealth Day Service 2019
The Abbey once again hosted the annual Commonwealth Day Service on Monday 11th March. Her Majesty The Queen, as Head of the Commonwealth, was joined by other members of the Royal Family, including the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke of York at the service which marked the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Commonwealth. It is the largest inter-faith celebration in the UK. Also in attendance were the Prime Minister, Mrs Teresa May, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, High Commissioners, Ambassadors, Commonwealth dignitaries and approximately 700 UK school children. The Service featured a mix of testimonies, readings and musical performances from talented artists, including Alfie Boe and Clean Bandit, and reflected the 2019 Commonwealth theme of "a Connected Commonwealth".
Friday, 8th March 2019
Chorister Experience Day
We welcomed 11 boys from as far afield as Jersey to a Chorister Experience Day last Saturday 2nd March, giving them the opportunity to find out about life as an Abbey Chorister. They were given a tour of the Abbey, including the organ loft where they were encouraged to play a note or two on the grand organ. They then joined a rehearsal, and sang Evensong with the full Choir. The Chorister Experience Day is held each term. For further information and future dates, please call 020 7654 4918.