Bath Abbey Choir comprises three groups - Boys (8 years and upwards), Girls (11 to 18 years) and Men. Because the Abbey has no Choir school, it means we are able to select our boys and girls from a wide range of local schools which allows us to bring together some of the most gifted young voices from in and around Bath. Together with the Men’s Choir, who come from many different walks of life and includes Choral Scholars from the two Bath universities, they work harmoniously to continue a centuries-old choral tradition, and play a vital part in the music life of the Abbey and the City. Being a Bath Abbey Chorister is a fantastic experience, as not only does it provide an excellent musical education and great discipline, it is also extremely rewarding, thanks to a mixture of camaraderie, a shared passion for music, and pure enjoyment, unmatched by any other.
The Choirs lead the Sunday Worship on a fortnightly pattern with the Mens Choir usually singing at both morning and afternoon services and alternating with the Boys and Girls Choirs. This gives the Boys and Girls the chance to take it in turns to perform, as well as to have either a free morning or afternoon. Choirmen and Choral Scholars rehearse on Friday evenings, while the Boys and Girls rehearse separately twice a week, after school.
The Abbey Choir also takes numerous trips abroad, enjoying good relationships with churches in Bath's twin cities: Braunschweig (Germany), Aix-en-Provence (France) and Alkmaar (The Netherlands). It also occasionally undertakes a residential week during the summer holiday, to sing daily cathedral services including at prestigious venues such as Exeter and Canterbury Cathedrals. Other highlights include sharing the same stage as Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti at the Three Tenors Concert in Bath’s Royal Victoria Park, performing with the BBC Concert Orchestra on Christmas Day and appearing on BBC TV’s Songs of Praise. The Abbey Choir has also sung for members of the Royal Family including HM the Queen, and the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall!
Year after year, the Abbey Choir continues to entertain, inspire and enthral audiences with its wonderful performance. If you’d like the chance to hear our wonderful Choir, please visit us during our Choral services or attend one of their concerts. There is also an opportunity to listen to their Recordings or to purchase a CD from the Abbey Shop. To find out more, please contact our Music Department on firstname.lastname@example.org.