Sherborne Abbey welcomes visiting choirs, of a good standard, when our own Abbey choir is not in residence. Typically this is during the school holiday periods of half term and the longer vacations. The Abbey choir is in residence for major festival services such as Christmas and Easter.
There are two sung services on a Sunday and visiting choirs are welcome to sing one, but preferably both. The morning Parish Eucharist (9.30 am) requires a Mass setting of no more than 12 minutes and one or two motets to be sung during the distribution. The evening service (5.00 pm in winter and 6.30 pm in the summer) is a sung or choral evensong requiring an Introit, Precis and Responses, a canticle setting, and an anthem. We also enjoy choirs singing evensong during weekdays at 5.30 pm. The Abbey has a fine 3 manual organ, the details of which can be found here. The choir would be required to bring their own organist.
Availability and further details and details of local accommodation can be obtained from the Parish Secretary on 01935 812452 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Office hours are weekdays 9.00am – 12.30pm and 2.00pm – 4.30pm.