We are pleased to welcome The Abbey Choir back singing at the Eucharist on Sunday’s at 10.30am.

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. [email protected]

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

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 [email protected]


MDS 2021

Last year, there was little doubt our decision to cancel MDS 2020 proved to be correct as we went into national lockdown.
This year, the choice has been more difficult to make, but sadly, we have decided not to attempt to bring singers from all
over the country, many of whom will not have had their second jab. Further, for several reasons, finding accommodation in
Tewkesbury will be challenging. At the moment, we do not believe that our usual shape of MDS would be feasible,
and even a curtailed programme will present similar challenges to our resources.
Therefore, we have decided to cancel MDS 2021.
This is particularly sad in this special year in which we celebrate 900 years of our Norman consecration.
I am very conscious that this will come as a disappointment to many, but we do hope you understand our current situation.

Fr Paul


Details of previous festivals can be found here.


Schola Cantorum


Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum to welcome girl choristers from September 2021.
The Reverend Canon Paul Williams, Vicar of Tewkesbury Abbey, said: “As we celebrate 900 years of Christian worship and witness at Tewkesbury Abbey, I am delighted to welcome this new initiative. As we move into the future, it builds on all that has gone before and strengthens the already significant partnership between Tewkesbury Abbey and Dean Closes Preparatory School. Hallelujah, on we go!”

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.

The Abbey Organs

Milton Organ

Grove Organ

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