We have a congregation that loves to worship God through the beautiful hymnody of the great Anglican and Catholic traditions. The organ and choir are an integral part of the music program at Our Lady of Walsingham. On Sundays the Walsingham Parish Choir sings at the 9:30 a.m. Mass and at the 11:15 a.m. Solemn High Mass; as well as on Holy Days of Obligation. The Choir is under the direction of our new Organist and Choirmaster, Edmund Murray.
A Gregorian Chant Scola sings at the Sunday 8:00 a.m. Sung Mass.
The Saturday Vigil Mass is served musically by Dr. Betsy Beeson.
Choir rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. We welcome prospective choir members to come introduce themselves after Mass and get more information. Our talented choir at Walsingham has a very large repertoire of music.
Interested in joining Our Lady of Walsingham's Parish Choir, please contact our choirmaster, Mr. Edmund Murray.
Chorus Angelorum, a semi-professional choir, founded by Ed Franklin in 2000, has been in residence at Our Lady of Walsingham since September of 2005 and has offered a regular schedule of Choral Evensong since that time. The choir is now directed by Edmund Murray, cathedral choirmaster and organist of Our Lady of Walsingham.
Choral Evensong is a traditional Anglican liturgy of devotion. As originally intended in the Anglican church, Evening Prayer, similar to Vespers in the Catholic Church, would have been said on a daily basis as a private devotion, with or without a priest. As it is offered today, it consists of prayers of penitence and absolution, scripture readings from the Old and New Testaments, including the Psalter, responsive prayers and collects. When this Daily Office is sung, it is called Choral Evensong, with appropriate hymns and anthems added to the traditional sung portions of the service.
The book of Common Prayer of 1662, similar to the 1928 Prayer Book, is used for our Evensong services. The language of the Prayer Book has inspired some of the greatest choral music written for the Church in the past 450 years and remains a valuable source for contemporary composers.
For a schedule of Evensong, and more information about their summer workshops and summer residencies in England, go to Chorus Angelorum website.