The Abbey Choir

The Abbey Choir is a voluntary choir with members drawn from Tewkesbury and the surrounding area.

Each Sunday a choir of boys, girls and men sing at the 11.00am Sung Eucharist, whilst Evensong at 5.00pm is sung by a mixed choir of ladies and men.

The full choir joins forces for special Feast Days and certain other occasions. A wide range of repertoire is sung, ranging from Plainsong to music by modern composers.
The girls and boys of the choir rehearse twice a week at the Abbey, on Thursday and Friday evenings. The adults of the choir rehearse on Friday. There is an enthusiastic Choir Association which supports the choir financially and arranges social events throughout the year.

The choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music, and many of the choristers work towards their Dean’s and Bishop’s awards. Courses run by the RSCM are regularly attended by members of the choir.

The only requirements are a love of singing and a sense of humour! If you would like to find out more, please contact the Organist and Master of the Choristers, Carleton Etherington.

Musica Deo Sacra

“A joyous meeting of music, of the liturgy and of people flocking to prayer.”

Singers from the cathedral, collegiate and recital choirs come together in Tewkesbury Abbey each year for this memorable week, singing some of the finest music written over the centuries, in a liturgical setting.
The Abbey’s strength of liturgy, magnificent organs and outstanding acoustic combine to create an unforgettable experience.

Festival Director Carleton Etherington
Organist Paul Walton
Vicar The Reverend Canon Paul Williams

The next Musica Deo Sacra festival will take place between 27 July and 2 August 2020

Click here for the 2019 MDS programme

At the 2018 festival Fr Paul launched the MDS Patrons Scheme. If you would like to become a patron please click here to download a Patrons leaflet 

If you would like to be added to the mailing list please send your details to

Details of previous festivals can be found here.


Schola Cantorum

Schola Cantorum is the choir of men and boys which sings the weekday services in Tewkesbury Abbey. Dean Close Preparatory School, Cheltenham, acts as our Choir School and is a full member of the Choir Schools’ Association.

Click here for more information on Schola Cantorum.

Visiting choirs

We are always pleased to welcome visiting choirs to sing services at the Abbey when our choir is having a well earned rest during holidays or on Wednesdays or Saturdays throughout the year.

If you are interested in bringing your choir to Tewkesbury Abbey please call Philippa Shaw on 01684 856141. She will be able to advise you of available dates.

The Abbey Organs

Milton Organ

Grove Organ

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