Ealing Abbey Choir was founded in 1910 by Dom Cyril Rylance (a monk of the monastery), coming into existence 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 inclusion of many works by twentieth century composers. The Abbey Choir consists of treble choristers and six professional lay clerks. The choristers are all pupils of St Benedict’s School, Ealing, London, where they are musically active.
The Choir’s principal commitment revolves around the liturgy in the Abbey Church each week and especially during Christmas and Easter. Outside of the liturgy the choir is extremely active. The choir has made recordings on the Herald label, including motets by Bruckner and Personent Hodie, a CD of music for Advent & Christmas, and has toured extensively across Europe & USA. The choir gives regular concert performances including, most recently, Bach’s St John Passion, Handel’s Messiah and Orff’s Carmina Burana.