The Hexham Abbey choirs are run by two qualified and experienced professional musicians. The Choirs, which have recorded and broadcast on various occasions, strive for the highest standards and enjoy an excellent reputation. There are three choirs: the Abbey Choir (boys and men), the Abbey Girls’ Choir (girls and men) and the Abbey Chamber Choir (mixed adults).
The Director of Music welcomes contact at any time of the year from potential new members. Informal auditions are held at mutually convenient times.
If you have any questions or would like more information please get in touch.
- Marcus Wibberley, Director of Music
- T: (01434) 602031
Hexham Abbey Choir
The Abbey Choir sings Choral Evensong each Wednesday in term-time and choral services on most Sundays, with rehearsals on Mondays (boys), Wednesdays (full), and Sundays (men). There is a large repertoire of anthems, responses and service settings. The choir has recorded two CDs in recent years, toured to Milan (2005), Paris (2007), Rome (2009), Berlin (2012) and Antwerp and Ghent (2014), and recently sang on BBC Songs of Praise. Meetings of a more fun and social nature are also a feature of life in the choir.
Any boys are eligible for trial, and begin as probationers. Probationers come from a wide range of backgrounds and abilities, and are trained to become full choristers. This is a tremendous opportunity for developing a whole range of skills as well as musical ones. The age range for boy trebles is 7 – 14 years, with many progressing as young men to sing alto, tenor or bass on the back row of the choir. A small bursary is paid to the boys each term, and opportunities arise for other bonuses, subsidies and scholarships.
Abbey Girls’ Choir
The Abbey Girls’ Choir sings Choral Evensong on Thursdays each week and once each month for a Sunday Eucharist and a Sunday Choral Eucharist. The age range is 11 – 18. The Girls’ Choir, extant since September 2001, has also sung at concerts and services in the UK and has taken part in a number of foreign tours.
CD recordings of the Abbey Choir are available in the Hexham Abbey Gift Shop.