Following an absence of nearly 18 months, Bath Abbey Choirs will be resuming Choral Evensong during the week on Thursdays and selected Fridays.
A new Chamber Choir, directed by Shean Bowers, Assistant Director of Music at Bath Abbey has also been launched. Comprising 10 sopranos, 4 Altos, 4 Tenors and 4 Basses, the new choir will sing at a number of Choral Evensong services throughout the year.
Evensong will be taking place weekly on Thursdays from 5.30pm, and will also feature on Fridays on 17th September by the Abbey Boys and Lay-clerks and on 24th September by the new Chamber Choir.
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.”