The Abbey Choir is a voluntary choir of girls, boys, ladies and men drawn from Tewkesbury and beyond, with many members travelling considerable distances to sing in our glorious building.

On most Sundays a full choral setting is sung at the 10.30am Sung Eucharist and Choral Evensong is sung at 5pm (replaced by a Eucharist on the first Sunday of the month). A wide range of repertoire is sung, ranging from ancient plainsong to music by contemporary composers.
The choir has appeared on BBC 1 and Radio 4 and has featured on BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Christmas Celebration.

Singing in the Abbey, with its wonderful acoustics, to the accompaniment of the famous Milton organ, is an incredible experience and an opportunity open to all.

Children from Year 3 upwards can join the junior section of the choir. There are no formal auditions – all we require is a love of singing and a willingness to learn. In return we offer a first class musical training free of charge from experienced, respected professional musicians.  
Choristers receive pocket money each term as a thank you for their commitment .

The junior choristers rehearse on Thursdays (6.30-7.15pm) and Fridays (7.00-8.00pm) and sing at the Sunday morning service.

Adult singers are always welcome. Although there is no formal audition, some experience of choral singing is desirable. Rehearsals are held on Friday evenings and before each service.

If you are interested in joining us, or would like further information, please contact:
Carleton Etherington, Minister of Music and Organist.
Email: [email protected]

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.

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.


The Abbey Organs

Milton Organ

Grove Organ

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