Music plays a vital role within worship at the Abbey. Its choir of men and boy choristers has a long and illustrious tradition stretching back over several hundred years and leads the congregation in its Sunday services each week. There are 20 choristers, aged 8 and upwards, who all attend local schools, while the gentlemen of the choir are comprised of a number of local singers and three choral scholars.
The Abbey is also a focal point for many musical events in the town, with concerts taking place each month by a wide range of performers from the region and beyond. Its annual five day Music Festival takes place in May and over the last seventeen years has welcomed a large number of local, national and international performers. Lunchtime organ recitals by local and visiting instrumentalists are held each Wednesday and on Bank Holiday Mondays – see Forthcoming Events for the latest information.