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Greater Churches

The Greater Churches Network was formed in 1991 ‘as a support group for clergy and laity who had responsibility for churches with a “cathedral-like” building and ministry, but without the resources available to cathedrals in the Church of England’. In June 2019, it was announced that this Network had been formally closed, being replaced by a new Major Churches Network, anticipated to cover some 300 Churches in England, with associate membership available to analogous churches in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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The Category Greater Churches is a subset of Places of Worship. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Greater Churches which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Church’s Full Record.

 

Some 'Featured' Providers in this Category are so busy during their Season(s) that I do not even try to list all the dates when they have planned forthcoming events:

- St Martin in the Fields

 

In contrast, the following Greater Churches do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- St Botolph's Boston

 

! Greater Churches KEY
VISITS (to Website)23
VIEWS (of Record)40

The Friends of All Saints' Music 'aims to foster the unbroken tradition of 600 years of regular daily and weekly worship with music, which at All Saints incorporates the Boy and Girl Choristers, as well as the Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars. FOASM also supports the recruitment, training and development of the young singers, a considerable task given that many schools are unable to pay for choral singing. In addition, the Friends are key in acquiring funds to help pay for scholarships, music tuition and the choir’s tours and recordings.'

@ All Saints Northampton
VISITS (to Website)180
VIEWS (of Record)332

'We have a long tradition of producing exceptional music, something about which we remain passionate. The Abbey Choirs' performances are world-class, appreciated not just by our own music-loving congregation, but deservedly, further afield, reaching many people through their CD recordings and broadcasts ... Our music programme also extends to singing training, concerts and performance workshops for local schoolchildren ... The Abbey promotes three series of Organ Concerts during the year ...'

 

@ Bath Abbey
VISITS (to Website)214
Also indexedBath Abbey Music Society
VIEWS (of Record)320
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'There is a strong musical tradition at the Minster. The building has the largest collection of medieval musician carvings in Europe, a 200 year old organ built by Snetzler, a choral tradition going back to the plainsong of the medieval Vicars Choral, and currently a flourishing diversity of traditional and contemporary music.'

 

@ Beverley Minster
VISITS (to Website)320
VIEWS (of Record)411
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Hosts a significant range of concerts and recitals: 'The Bridlington Priory Organ is acknowledged to be one of the largest and finest parish church organs in the country ... Each year eminent organists from numerous countries ask to be included in our summer recital series ...'

@ Bridlington Priory
VISITS (to Website)370
VIEWS (of Record)346
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Music plays an important role in the life of the Abbey, whether it be Gregorian Chant sung by the Monastic Community at the Daily Office, or choral music sung by the Abbey Choir at the Solemn Mass. The Abbey is a centre of musical activity in Devon, with a popular series of concerts and organ recitals.'

 

@ Buckfast Abbey
VISITS (to Website)7
VIEWS (of Record)27
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’The Parish Church is the largest church in Derbyshire and is famous locally and internationally for its crooked spire, attracting visitors from around the world ... The Choir has a varied repertoire; anthems and service settings are sung, from medieval to modern, accompanied and unaccompanied. There is always a different choral setting for the Sunday Sung Eucharist, and Sunday Choral Evensong consists of settings of the canticles, responses and an anthem.’ The Church is also used as a venue for a wide variety of concerts and recitals, including regular series of Thursday Lunchtime Recitals.

 

@ Chesterfield Parish Church
VISITS (to Website)63
VIEWS (of Record)156
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Priory is a popular venue for concerts. The unique atmosphere and spacious acoustic make it an ideal place to enjoy a wide variety of music ...There is a large scale evening concert on at least one Saturday each month ... The popular series of organ concerts takes place weekly on Thursdays, with 10 concerts each term ... In the summer months, we promote a series of Celebrity Organ Recitals on Wednesday evenings ...'

 

@ Christchurch Priory
VISITS (to Website)489
VIEWS (of Record)419
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Minster continues the rich history, spanning back to medieval times, of providing excellent choral and organ music to enhance our worship ... The "Mighty" Schulze organ is a major asset and attraction for visitors from all around the UK and across the world.'

 

@ Doncaster Minster
VISITS (to Website)275
VIEWS (of Record)338
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

The Friends of Dore Abbey ... was formed in 1993 after this fine Grade 1 Listed Building was threatened with closure ... The building has wonderful acoustics and The Friends have established concert and choral events during the warmer months of the year. Artists such as Emma Kirkby, Tasmin Little, John Lill, Jennifer Pike and John Williams have given recitals ... [However] ‘The future of Dore Abbey is under review [November 2017]. There are options ranging from “do nothing” and letting it slowly close as the running costs become unbearable, to re-inventing the Abbey as a central part of our community with an educational dimension and a place people will want to visit.’

 

@ Dore Abbey
VISITS (to Website)225
VIEWS (of Record)494

‘The Priory has a strong musical tradition. We have a talented Director of Music, strong choirs and dedicated organists who lead the music. The Priory Choir consists of adults and children while the Priory Singers is a mixed voice choir for adults. In addition, we enjoy the resources of a mixed-age orchestra, a Praise Group and a nascent Worship Band ... The organ is widely used by the church and the community in general; some five civic services and ten local school services per year are held, as well as concerts, organ recitals and teaching sessions.‘

@ Great Malvern Priory
VISITS (to Website)188
VIEWS (of Record)318
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Music is a central part of our life here at Great St Mary's. We hold a commitment to the highest standards we can achieve and also seek to include all who want to participate — we pride ourselves on our open and welcoming atmosphere. Great St. Mary’s has a dual role as a Parish church, and church to the University of Cambridge.  As such, it has always attracted musicians of the highest calibre. Our majestic and beautiful sanctuary is one of few to boast two fine pipe organs, which are often used together for special services. We are blessed to have five choirs, an orchestra, the Michaelhouse Chorale, and recitals throughout the year ... The Academy of Great St. Mary’s embraces a wide range of musical activities taking place at the church. This includes orchestral and choral concerts, organ recitals, workshops, “come and sing” and other music education activities.‘

 

@ Great St Mary’s Cambridge
VISITS (to Website)71
Also indexedAcademy of Great St Mary’s
VIEWS (of Record)154
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The largest parish church in England ... In 1942 the church was completely gutted during a German air raid leaving only the Norman tower and the walls standing. With the aid of a War Damage Commission grant and fund raising by local people and businesses the church was rebuilt (architect - Stephen Dykes Bower). The Church was reconsecrated in 1961 ... On December 9th, 2011 the Lord Bishop of Norwich designated St Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth a Minster Church. From then on, its official title is The Minster Church of St Nicholas ... The organ was built in 1882 by William Hill, one of the best English organ builders of his time ... Although the organ still sounds wonderful it is in dire need of restoration ...'

@ Great Yarmouth Minster
VISITS (to Website)210
VIEWS (of Record)387
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Halifax Minster has a long tradition of music making and this includes choirs, the Harrison and Snetzler organs, and an ever expanding concert programme ... The Minster Chamber Choir is for experienced singers who sing occasional services, and some concerts. The standard is high, and an ability to read music is essential. Joint occasions with the Minster Choir and Brass make for an exciting performance, especially around Christmas and the Minster Summer Festival. New members always welcome ... The Friends of the Music organize series of lunchtime organ recitals on Thursdays.’

 

@ Halifax Minster
VISITS (to Website)388
VIEWS (of Record)202

‘Holy Trinity is the church where William Shakespeare was baptised, where he worshipped and where he is buried ... As well as boasting a very fine Church Choir, Holy Trinity also has an active music group, as well as various worship bands. Although the music and hymns that these groups perform differ widely, they all have the same aim in mind: to enhance the worship of its congregation by enriching the liturgy through music ... The Friends of the Music was established in 1983 by choir members, musicians and lovers of church music to support and help develop music in Holy Trinity. The Friends support the work of the Church Choir and Music Group and organise a programme of fund-raising events and concerts throughout the year.‘

 

@ Holy Trinity Stratford-upon-Avon
VISITS (to Website)137
VIEWS (of Record)127

‘At Holy Trinity, we have strong artistic roots with 700 years of cultural and artistic tradition. We encourage artists and performers as well as cultivating participation in the arts for city centre communities ... In establishing an arts programme we have met with artists and enabled innovative use of the church building. We have made an open call for artists to come forward so we can think about how we can accommodate their projects. Whilst we strive for excellence, we also endeavour to nurture new talent by giving artists the ability to experiment and practice their arts in a well set up environment which is free to use at certain times. Our point of difference will be that our daytime provision of art will be free to audiences and free to performers.‘

 

 

@ Hull Minster
VISITS (to Website)265
Also indexedHoly Trinity Hull
VIEWS (of Record)161
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Kendal Parish Church is a beautiful setting for many concerts and musical events throughout the year.’ Includes a series of Friday lunchtime organ recitals with proceeds to the Organ Restoration Fund.

 

@ Kendal Parish Church
VISITS (to Website)122
VIEWS (of Record)152
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

King’s Lynn Minster possesses a fine four-part choir performing, to a high standard, repertoire that spans from the 16th century to the present day ... The Minster organ is one of the most written about organs and it is without doubt a landmark in the development of organ building in this country. John Snetzler’s first large instrument, only ever exceeded by a small margin, by his organ for Beverley Minster, this organ was acclaimed the finest in the country – a claim too often made for many organs, but in this case, one affirmed by Holdich when he repaired and added pedals to the organ 100 years later. It established Snetzler’s reputation as the leading organ builder of the second half of the 18th century and organ maker to the King ...’

 

@ King's Lynn Minster
VISITS (to Website)266
VIEWS (of Record)300

'Music is at the heart of all that we do. It lifts us when we are sad and it helps us celebrate our most joyous moments in life. Some are given the gift to perform, and we are very fortunate to have some talented musicians in the Priory, and their singing and playing enhances our worship as they join their voices with the angels in praising God ... Our music programme offers a wide ranging experience from worship at any of our choral services, or an organ recital, to a concert by one of our young performers or experienced professional musicians ...'

 

@ Lancaster Priory
VISITS (to Website)175
VIEWS (of Record)285
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The present building was erected in 1841 and from early times was known for its outstanding music. This continues to the present day as the Minster community celebrates the English Sacred Choral Tradition as one of the key features of how we seek to structure our approach to worship within the mainstream of the ongoing Anglican tradition ... One of the most famous instruments in Britain (and certainly one of those most broadcast and recorded), the organ at St Peter-at-Leeds was first installed in the medieval church in 1713 ... The instrument as we have it today is, in essence, a Harrison speaking with a Harrison voice – though with a pronounced and unique ambience of its own ... From the South Transept location, the organist is placed between the Choir and the Congregation – a position which presents formidable challenges of vocal and instrumental balance but which is utterly invaluable in terms of congregational choral and accompaniment with the object of enhancing the liturgy – which is, after all, the main purpose of the instrument.'

 

@ Leeds Minster
VISITS (to Website)170
Also indexedLeeds Parish Church
VIEWS (of Record)303
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Our 10.30am Abbey service is not dissimilar to the Sunday morning worship of some of our ancient Anglican Cathedrals—with a large robed choir and ministers, beautiful hymns, anthems and liturgy ... The 4pm is an informal, contemporary service with dedicated provision for children and young people. You can expect passionate worship led by a band, children’s games and activities, coffee in the middle of the service, occasional videos or interviews ... On the fourth Sunday of the month at 6.30pm people are drawn from all over North Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire for an inspiring Choral Evensong sung by the Abbey choir. The liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer and readings from the King James Version of the Bible are accompanied by sung responses, psalms, canticles and anthems.'

 

@ Malmesbury Abbey
VISITS (to Website)338
VIEWS (of Record)444

Pershore Abbey sits in the heart of the community and has been a place of worship focussed on the life and needs of the wider community for over a thousand years. We want to share the life of this former Benedictine Abbey with those who want to come and worship and mark life’s important events, with those who want to enjoy good music and performance, with those who love history and with those who long to share God’s love for everyone ... Throughout the year Pershore Abbey plays host to a number of concerts and events in and around Pershore. Ranging from orchestral concerts to lectures, religious celebrations to family friendly fayres, there is a lot to see and enjoy throughout the year.’

 

@ Pershore Abbey
VISITS (to Website)106
VIEWS (of Record)93
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We play host to an extensive series of concerts throughout the year organised by Music in Romsey. Musicians involved range from local choirs and bands to international soloists and orchestras ... The width of the our nave means that we can accommodate a full symphony orchestra.’ Organize a series of Lunchtime Recitals and the occasional Organ Recital.

@ Romsey Abbey
VISITS (to Website)282
Also indexedMusic in Romsey
VIEWS (of Record)386
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A world-renowned venue for visiting orchestras, theatrical groups and our very own Selby Abbey Choir. The Abbey offers a packed calendar of events and special concerts throughout the year. The backdrop of this ancient and wonderful Abbey Church ensures the experience is both atmospheric and memorable .. The organ of Selby Abbey is one of the finest romantic instruments in Britain. It was built in 1909 by William Hill & Son ... and represented a high point in the course of the British craft that was soon to be lost ... By 2012, the organ had already become regularly unreliable and the rate of deterioration made it clear that it was nearing the end of its active life. It had been patched and repaired a number of times but the moment had finally come for a complete restoration to ensure the glorious sound of this world famous organ could be heard by generations to come ...'

 

@ Selby Abbey
VISITS (to Website)392
VIEWS (of Record)273
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Abbey is available to a wide variety of choirs, orchestras and instrumental groups for concerts and recitals. Our main aim is to offer concerts of a high quality. Approximately twelve concerts are held per year and dates therefore tend to be booked well in advance, often two years, so we advise you to make any enquiries in good time ... The Abbey's magnificent pipe organ occupies a loft in the North Transept. It was originally built in 1856 by Gray & Davidson to a specification similar to their exhibit at the Great Exhibition of 1851 ... A major rebuild and improvement of the organ was carried out by Kenneth Tickell & Co. in 2004/5, most notably adding the Nave division, which sits below the great west window.’

 

@ Sherborne Abbey
VISITS (to Website)386
VIEWS (of Record)241
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Throughout the twentieth century the Abbey has been served by a number of talented and dedicated musicians who have built upon these historic foundations and have produced a choir which regularly sings cathedral-style services to the very highest standards ... Shrewsbury Abbey is fortunate in having a fine William Hill & Sons organ, installed in 1911. This organ was designed for the restored and extended Abbey (John Loughborough Pearson’s 1890s work), and was also designed to fit into a large space to the north side of the new Chancel. Hill was one of the two foremost organ builders of the time and his organs are found in many of the UK’s cathedrals and churches.’

 

@ Shrewsbury Abbey
VISITS (to Website)44
VIEWS (of Record)81

St Andrew’s Church is a buzzing vibrant church, with many different events happening through the year. Two programmes run through the year are our Tuesday recital programme and our Open Door concert series. These are run by members of our church ...St Andrew's invests in Anglican Choral music in recognition of how fundamental to our experience of worship it is. There are opportunities for those who are accomplished choral singers, those who just love to sing and those who wish to learn.’ 

 

@ St Andrew’s Rugby
VISITS (to Website)313
VIEWS (of Record)230
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Our magnificent church is the principal ornament of the town and its most historic building as well as being a much loved place of worship. Crewkerne is unthinkable without its church, which is an architectural treasure of national importance. BUT, the church needs constant attention and maintenance ... An Association of The Friends of Crewkerne Parish Church was therefore set up in 1994 to raise money for looking after the building ... The Friends organize regular events each year to raise funds.’

 

@ St Bartholomew Crewkerne
VISITS (to Website)11
Also indexedThe Friends of Crewkerne Parish Church
VIEWS (of Record)43
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are the only grade 1 listed circular Georgian church in England ... The church provides young singers with a unique musical education and gives adults of all abilities the opportunity to sing the finest works of the sacred choral repertoire within a liturgical context ... Free Friday lunchtime concerts every week at 12.40pm followed by a light lunch in the church hall. All welcome ... 1st Tuesdays and 3rd Fridays of the month are usually organ recitals.’

 

@ St Chad’s Shrewsbury
VISITS (to Website)59
VIEWS (of Record)110
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Since its foundation in 1348, music has played a core role in the daily life of St George’s Chapel ... The Chapel’s choir, organists and organs ... over centuries ... have contributed to the development of the English choral tradition, provided inspiration in divine service and added to the splendour of many Royal occasions, including Royal weddings and Garter services ... As well as the choir’s work within the Chapel, it has won acclaim for its singing in concerts and recordings, both in Windsor and elsewhere. It regularly collaborates with London based ensembles and regularly gives one of the principal concerts in the Windsor Festival.’

 

@ St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
VISITS (to Website)98
VIEWS (of Record)194

'One of the finest examples of ecclesiastical architecture to be found in Wales. There is documentary evidence of a church here as early as the 11th century, though the building in its present form dates mainly from the end of the 15th and the beginning of the 16th centuries ... The present organ was built in 1894 by Foster & Andrews of Hull. It was fully restored in 1984.'

@ St Giles Wrexham
VISITS (to Website)132
VIEWS (of Record)256

Music events include ‘a continuing series of Free Concerts featuring the magnificent sounds of the organ made in 1894 by “Father” Henry Willis & Sons, restored in 2005 by David Wells of Liverpool and paid for with a large grant from The Heritage Lottery Fund together with many private donations ... The Church is next to the city centre's covered market, and is the oldest remaining mediaeval building in the city after Cardiff Castle, dating from the 12th century’.

 

@ St John the Baptist Cardiff
VISITS (to Website)115
VIEWS (of Record)879

‘We are not a cathedral, although the suffragan bishop of our diocese bears the title “Bishop of Ludlow”. However, we are the largest parish church in the Shropshire part of the diocese, and civic and diocesan services are held here. We host concerts, organ recitals, plays and exhibitions. We are the home of the Ludlow Choral Society, and an important venue for the Ludlow Festival ... The historic choral tradition of St Laurence’s was first recorded in 1492, making it one of the oldest choirs in England, a country famous throughout the world for its unique choral heritage ... Today's organ is one of the finest Parish Church organs in the country, and attracts recitalists from all over the world.’

 

@ St Laurence Ludlow
VISITS (to Website)87
VIEWS (of Record)186
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’This premiere London concert venue has been at the heart of the capital’s music making for over 250 years. From performances by Handel and Mozart during the 18th century through to the founding of the world-renowned Academy of St Martin in the Fields in the 1950s to today when St Martin’s hosts some of the finest ensembles, choirs and soloists in Britain. Experience music from the Baroque and Classical periods to music from the 20th and 21st centuries performed in the beautiful candlelit setting of St Martin-in-the-Fields.‘

@ St Martin in the Fields
VISITS (to Website)177
VIEWS (of Record)240
FEATURED: Multiple Concerts and RecitalsYes

‘Music is a very important part of worship at our Church. Music lifts our praises to God and we enjoy a large choir, a growing number of choristers and the services of highly skilled musicians. We are superbly led by a team of organists, on the Father Willis organ and a recently restored grand piano. Our Musical Director and Director of Choristers, inspire singers to give of their very best. We sing hymns old and new and even write our own! There is a long tradition of music in the Church which we strive to uphold.’

 

@ St Mary Magdalene Taunton
VISITS (to Website)42
VIEWS (of Record)65
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

St Mary Redcliffe Church has a long and distinguished musical tradition. There are usually three sung Sunday services each week at which one of the church choirs (or a visiting choir) sings. The church has a large and famous pipe organ by Harrison and Harrison of Durham, built in 1912, which is highly regarded as a masterpiece of Edwardian craftsmanship ... Each week we host a free organ recital on Thursday lunchtime, with organists from around the country and from further afield ... For details of this month's music take a look at our monthy music list and remember to look at our events page for information about concerts in church.‘

 

@ St Mary Redcliffe
VISITS (to Website)230
VIEWS (of Record)128
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Parish of St Marylebone enjoys a vibrant musical life. The Church has a fine Rieger organ, a 10-voice professional adult choir and a youth choir, made up of children aged 8-15 ... The organ of St Marylebone Parish Church ... is the product of a unique collaboration between the Academy and St Marylebone, and is used by the Royal Academy of Music’s organ department for practice and teaching ... Join us on for our series of organ recitals on the famous Reiger organ. The series features performances from a variety of guest artists alongside members of the church’s music department.’

 

@ St Marylebone Parish Church
VISITS (to Website)120
VIEWS (of Record)164
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a large, growing and vibrant church in the centre of Nantwich. We attract people of all ages and outlooks to services that range from the contemporary to the traditional, from cafe style to choral and we would love to meet you. We are part of the Greater Churches Network and welcome thousands of visitors each year.’ Hosts a wide-ranging series of concerts and recitals including a weekly series of summer lunchtime concerts.

 

@ St Mary’s Nantwich
VISITS (to Website)162
VIEWS (of Record)804
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘St Mary’s has a rich musical life: as well as music on Sunday services, there is also a programme of concerts ... The main function of the Choir is to sing at services at St. Mary’s Church but several concerts are given each year, either in aid of a charity or music funds ... St Mary’s Brass plays at various events including St. Mary’s Summer and Christmas Fairs and at an annual concert ... Numerous musical groups, organisations, schools and societies have used our church as a venue for their events due to its size, splendour and acoustics.‘

 

@ St Mary’s Saffron Walden
VISITS (to Website)152
Also indexedSt Mary’s Brass
VIEWS (of Record)197

‘Since the first choir was founded in 1123, music has filled this magnificent mediaeval church of St Mary, Warwick. Choral singing is one of Britain’s richest traditions and a vibrant, living heritage which is often the preserve of our great cathedrals. The fine choirs of this church are precious; they transform and inspire worship and enrich the community of Warwick. The English choral tradition remains central to music at St Mary’s Church and today’s flourishing choirs enjoy an international reputation. St Mary’s Church is also a popular venue for a range of high quality concerts and other events.‘

@ St Mary’s Warwick
VISITS (to Website)95
VIEWS (of Record)154
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A lively city centre parish church with regular Sunday and weekday services. We are a Christian community that tries to welcome everyone, whoever they are. We have a vibrant choral music tradition with Choral Scholars, Choristers, a Girls' Choir and a large parish choir called St Peter's Singers. We are a centre for cultural events and a popular venue for concerts including our own free Mancroft Music Saturday lunchtime recital series.’

 

@ St Peter Mancroft Norwich
VISITS (to Website)83
Also indexedSt Peter’s Singers
VIEWS (of Record)176

'The church of Inner and Middle Temple, two of England’s four ancient societies of lawyers, the Inns of Court ... The Round Church was consecrated in 1185 and the Chancel dates from the 1230s ... Seven hundred years later, the Temple Church still resounds to music being made to the glory of God. The Temple Church Choir and the fine Harrison & Harrison organ can also be heard in concert, along with two professional ensembles based at the church: The Temple Singers and The Temple Players.'

 

@ Temple Church London
VISITS (to Website)388
VIEWS (of Record)448
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Tewkesbury Abbey, with its massive Norman tower, is one of the finest medieval churches in England. It is as wonderful an example of Norman architecture as can be found anywhere in the country. The townsfolk of Tewkesbury saved the building from destruction by purchasing it for £453 from King Henry VIII in 1540 at the dissolution of the monasteries ... When the Milton Organ was rebuilt in 1948, it was planned also to restore and enlarge the Grove Organ, making it playable from the Walker five-manual console. This scheme was not carried out, and eventually the organ was restored in 1980-81 by Messrs. Bishop and Son on "conservation" lines ...'

 

 

@ Tewkesbury Abbey
VISITS (to Website)329
VIEWS (of Record)373
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Waltham Abbey has a rich musical heritage dating back to the foundation of the monastery. One of England’s most famous composers, Thomas Tallis, was a young organist here when the foundation was dissolved. More recently it was the church where William Cummings adapted Mendelssohn’s music to fit the words of Charles Wesley’s Hark! The herald angels sing ... There are numerous concerts and recitals at the church. "Music for Lunch" is presented on many Saturdays through the year and is free of charge. Other concerts are given from time to time by the choir and the choristers, and the church also serves as a venue for other organisations seeking a wonderful place to make music.’ The organ now comprises a combination of a 1953 Walker instrument and a 2019 re-design, repair and rebuild by Mander Organs.

 

@ Waltham Abbey Church
VISITS (to Website)184
VIEWS (of Record)388
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Abbey has been the Coronation church since 1066, and the setting for many other great events in the life of the nation. It is the burial place of kings and queens, and of other distinguished figures in the nation’s history, from writers and musicians to politicians and scientists ... Westminster Abbey has resounded to music every day for over one thousand years. Singing has played a hugely important role, from the plainsong Offices sung by the monks of the tenth-century monastic foundation to the daily choral services sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey today. Over the intervening centuries some of the most illustrious British organists, singers and composers have been closely associated with the Abbey, which continues to play a leading part in the musical and cultural life of the nation today.’

 

@ Westminster Abbey
VISITS (to Website)233
VIEWS (of Record)326
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Minster has a lively musical life, and there are four groups involved in leading our worship: Minster Choir; Songbirds (Junior Choir); Informal Worship Music Group; Alternative Choir ... It has an important place in civic life, is a venue for concerts and school events, and draws large congregations for Remembrance, Carol Services and other special services. Most important, it is still a centre of spiritual life for many as it has been for over 1300 years.‘

@ Wimborne Minster
VISITS (to Website)315
VIEWS (of Record)134

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