Ealing Abbey Lay Plainchant Choir (EALPC)

Founded originally by the eminent soprano Jennifer Smith, the Choir is now an apostolate of the Monastic Community of Ealing Abbey and part of the
Benedictine Institute. Singing liturgical chant has always been an important part of the Community's spiritual life. The Lay Plainchant Choir gives lay people the opportunity to practise and sing chant so that they too can contribute to the liturgical life of the Parish and benefit from the rich spirituality of Gregorian chant.

Icon Christ Pantocrator, painted by Choir founder, Jennifer Smith

We sing once a month at the 12:00 noon Mass at Ealing Abbey (Ordinary Form), usually on the third Sunday of the month. Members available to sing on a weekday also sing once a month, usually the first Thursday, at a local care home for elderly people suffering from dementia.

We meet weekly for rehearsals on Wednesdays - 6:30 for 6:40 pm in the Bulbeck Room in Ealing Abbey Parish Centre, finishing at 8:00 pm. We ask members to attend promptly and regularly, and to notify the Membership Secretary, if they cannot attend.

We ask members to make a contribution of £2 a week to choir funds. This enables us to pay for books and some of the cost of training events, and ancillary expenses.


We periodically organise training events for members of the Choir.Events
have included:


  • Weekend workshops, most recently led by Philip Duffy, formerly Master of Music at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. 

  • Occasional tuition at evening meetings by the late eminent composer and choirmaster Colin Mawby (Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral 1961-76).

  • Annual weekend visits to Quarr Abbey and St Cecilia's Abbey on the Isle of Wight, for tuition and practice in singing chant.

  • Training by Christopher Eastwood, Director of Music, Ealing Abbey Choir







Choir members relaxing in the Benet Bar after singing Sunday Mass

Relaxing in the Abbey Parish Benet Bar after singing Sunday Mass

Epiphany Celebration at the Benedictine Institute