The best churches for classical music

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A great tradition of midday performing has grown up in London's beautiful churches, with admission usually free or by donation

  • The best churches for classical music

    God's great stage (omni)presence Annie Collinge

  • Brompton Oratory

    This is the UK's senior professional Catholic church choir and its repertoire covers all periods of music from the Latin Rite to the present day. The award-winning junior choir frequently sings for productions at the Royal Ballet and Royal Opera House. Also, the organ, built in 1964, is said to be the finest ever constructed in the post-war period.Brompton Road, SW7 (020 7808 0900/www.bromptonoratory.com).
    Service
    with choir Sun 9am.

     

    Chapel Royal at St James

    The choir - made up of six men and ten child choristers - sings the weekly services and at other events as commanded by the Queen. The distinctive state uniforms worn by the children date from the reign of Charles II.St James' Palace, SW1 (020 7930 4832/www.royal.gov.uk).
    Service
    with resident choir 11.15am.

     

    Westminster Abbey

    This architectural masterpieceis as dramatic a setting as you could wish for and the choristers are from the school next door.Dean's Yard (020 7222 5152/www.westminster-abbey.org).
    Service
    Choral matin 10am, choral Eucharist 11.15am, choral evensong 3pm.

    Westminster Cathedral

    The choir here is recognised as one of the best in the world, and it takes part in the daily services. The choir and other guest musicians and singers also hold regular concerts in the cathedral. 42 Francis Street SW1 (020 7798 9055/www.wesminstercathedral.org.uk).
    Service
    Morning mass with choir 10.30am, evening prayers in Latin by choir 3.30pm

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