Choirs at Sherborne School
The Chapel Choir is known for the quality of its singing, not least because there are two fully choral school services in the Abbey each week. The choir's repertoire is extensive and is distinguished by the fact that it follows the liturgy throughout the school year. Examples of previous music lists, which include introits, canticles and anthems as well as organ voluntaries, may be found by clicking the archive files below.
On alternate Wednesday evenings the Abbey service is either an Evening Prayer (a shortened version of Choral Evensong) or a service of Compline. On Sundays there is either a service of Morning Worship at 11.30 am or a Choral Evensong at 8.15 pm. Currently the choir consists of some 102 tenors and basses, including four gap year Choral Scholars, and the music is sung in TTBB arrangements. At both weekly services the singing of the hymns by the whole school is spectacular and a source of great pride to Shirburnians. Parents and members of the public are welcome to attend all school services in the Abbey.
This term's current choral music list may be found by clicking here. (past music lists can be found below)
The Chamber Choir is a select choir of some 22 tenor and bass singers whose membership is as a result of highly competitive audition. The repertoire includes music by Palestrina, Byrd, Victoria, Lotti and Lhéritier, though from time to time the group also appears as "Sherborne Close Harmony" to perform lighter music at dinners, in informal recitals, and sometimes at weddings. The chamber choir sings the Introit at most Abbey services.
Sherborne School Choir in the Abbey, December 2010
Chapel Music Lists: