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Music and Choir

150111 WymAbbey 473The Abbey Choir is a very important part of our worship and church life. We welcome members of every age and ability. Our repertoire is very wide and includes the finest church music from every era of the English church tradition and beyond.  New members are always welcome – please contact the Musical Director (details below) if you are interested.

The choir are an enthusiastic, skillful and committed team enjoying each others company in and out of the choir stalls, most notably at the annual BBQ and Christmas party.

Music list – click here to download a copy (in pdf format) of the current monthly list of music at our services.

Choir Rehearsals and services:

  • Adult Choir:-               every Friday evening 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Junior Choristers:-      every Friday  evening 6:30pm – 8:00pm

The junior choristers meet earlier to allow for RSCM Voice for Life training.  During this time they are tutored in a range of choral and musicianship skills, helping to
enhance their singing experiences. They then spend time singing together with the adults.

Services with Choir:

  • Every Sunday                     10:30am Sung Eucharist:piano playing
  • First Sunday of the month  6:30pm Choral Evensong
  • Through the year               Special services, such as Carol Services, additional Lent services, Red Letter Days

Ash Wednesday is one of the highlights of the calendar and includes a performance of Allegri’s Miserere.

Director of Music  Rob Goodrich Email:  music@wymondhamabbey.org.uk; Tel: 07870 121465

Assistant Organists           Peter O'Connor & Mike Webb

Choral Scholarships
Calling all young singers! Ever thought of joining a church choir? You could earn £450 per year as a Choral Scholar at Wymondham Abbey Scholarships in all voice parts for 6th form & gap year students. And now, for those aged 7 and over, we are also recruiting young choristers. Get a free education in musical excellence. Learn to read music. Improve your singing technique and performance skills. Equip yourself for valuable University Scholarships. Sing world-class repertoire ….. AND HAVE FUN!

The Abbey Organs

organ consoleThe main organ, at the west end of the church, was given by Miss Ann Farmer in 1793. The instrument cost £687, including cartage and beer for the carters! It was built by James Davis of Preston, although the case bears the name of the agents, Longman and Broderip.

The organ originally stood on a wooden gallery projecting into the nave but in the great Abbey restoration of 1903-5 the organ was dismantled and stored. It now stands on an elegant stone bridge across the fifteenth century arch of the west tower.
The organ has three manuals and a pedal board, and the survival of the major part of the original eighteenth century pipe-work makes it an instrument of considerable interest. The mahogany casework, shows the ‘gothicising’ of the usual classical form of organ case.

Abbey organ main

The James Davis organ

In 1954 the instrument was restored and rebuilt with some extra pipes, a new console and electric blowing. You can see the original organ console in a glass case under the west tower. Additional changes were made in 1973. The casework was cleaned in 2007 and further maintenance work was undertaken last year.

This instrument is extremely versatile for its size, whilst retaining its essentially eighteenth-century character and magnificent case.

We also have a very fine Chamber organ, also by James Davis.

Books about the Abbey organs and CDs are available in the Abbey shop.

Click here to download a PDF of the specification of the Main and Chamber organs