Sacred & Liturgical Music: Ever since the first monks came to live in Ealing in 1897 we have valued Christian music in its many forms as one way in which all may participate profoundly in the mystery of Christian worship. The monks have now identified opportunities to collaborate with others to develop and promote the celebration and study of sacred music.
Ealing Abbey Choir was founded in 1908 by Dom Cyril Rylance (1880–1958), a monk of the monastery, just as the Catholic Church in England was rediscovering its musical heritage through the works of Renaissance composers and Gregorian chant. The choir’s repertoire of Gregorian chant and Latin polyphony is now enhanced by the addition of many works by twentieth century composers such as Howells, Duruflé, Messiaen, Taverner and Jonathan Dove.
Our principal musical focus as monks is the music of the monastic community’s liturgy and efforts to include others as fully as possible. We greatly value the musical traditions that have been nurtured over the years at Ealing Abbey. The community would like to develop these traditions in order to give greater glory to God and to be of greater service to the church and the world. We are now endeavouring to collaborate with institutes and conservatoires of music to offer a professional qualification.
Ealing Abbey Choir
Full Choir Men’s Choir
Easter Vigil Choir
Director of the Ealing Abbey Choir – Christopher Eastwood (2006 -)
Singing Teacher to the Ealing Abbey Choir – Elisabeth Toye (2010 -)
Lay Plainchant Choir
Proposed Diploma in Sacred Music (with Athenaeum of Sant’Anselmo, Rome)
The monks of Ealing have valued Christian music in its many forms as one way in which all may participate profoundly in the mystery of Christian worship.
Music, along with drama, is one of the performing arts.
We greatly value the musical traditions that have been nurtured over the years at Ealing Abbey and would like to develop them to give greater glory to God and to be of greater service to the local church.
The following list includes some of our traditions, collaborators and offerings.
Monastic choir: the monastic community Monastic choirmaster – First Cantor – Dom Peter Burns.
We use many musical resources for our liturgies, sung in English and Latin
Ealing Abbey Choir:
Organist to the Ealing Abbey Choir – Richard Leach (2012-)
Monastic organist – —
Monks who are organists – Dom Alexander Bevan, Dom Ambrose McCambridge
Parish Organist and for Latin vespers – Ms Cherry Willow Pauls
Organ concerts: Richard Leach: when advertised
Choir concerts: when advertised
Chaplain to the Ealing Abbey Choir – Dom Alexander Bevan –
If you desire to help us develop “Ealing Abbey Music” in any way, please feel free to contact us in writing or electronically with your suggestions.
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Ealing Abbey, updated 30 August 2015