After nearly an 18-month absence, we are delighted that our Bath Abbey Choirs will be resuming Choral Evensong during the week on Thursdays and on selected Fridays at 5.30pm (during term time). While we have been able to enjoy worship with our Choirs on Sundays, the beautiful words of Archbishop Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer, combined with beautiful music is something we have missed at the Abbey on weekdays.
We are also thrilled to announce the launch our new Bath Abbey Chamber Choir, directed by Shean Bowers, Assistant Director of Music at Bath Abbey. Comprising 10 sopranos, 4 Altos, 4 Tenors and 4 Basses, this exciting new choir will sing a number of Choral Evensong services throughout the year.
The first weekday Evensong will be next Thursday, September 9th and will be sung by the Abbey Girls and Lay-clerks and continue weekly. Evensong will also be sung on Fridays on 17 September by the Abbey Boys and Lay-clerks and on 24 September by the new Abbey Chamber Choir, directed by Shean Bowers.
Huw Williams, Director of Music at Bath Abbey, said: “We are delighted to be re-commencing these services which are meditative, short and connect us to our Benedictine origins at Bath Abbey. It is a lovely end to the day, and in the past we have been able to welcome many regular members of the congregation as well as visitors to this service with significant numbers in the congregations at times. If you haven’t been before, do come and join us the service usually lasts about 35 minutes”.
Shean Bowers, Assistant Director of Music at Bath Abbey, said: “It’s very exciting to be introducing a brand new choir to Bath, a city which enjoys a long tradition of and is passionate about choral music. The Abbey Chamber Choir will be a mixed-voice adult choir performing repertoire from across the centuries in line with the liturgical requirements of the Abbey’s worship. Our aim is to offer even more opportunities for keen singers who live or work in and around Bath to come and perform in the Abbey’s beautiful space, and we look forward providing a high standard of music for events and services that will complement and support the strong traditions of the Bath Abbey Choir.”