Definition of choir stalls in US English:

choir stalls

plural noun

  • Fixed seating in the choir of a church or chapel.

    • ‘Wandering around, you find yourself running out of superlatives when faced with the choir stalls, the Renaissance altarpiece, the holy chapel and the Goya.’
    • ‘English Nature suggested making covers for the pews, altar, choir stalls and pulpit to protect them from bat droppings and urine, but the idea was rejected because of the expense.’
    • ‘Born in 1976 in Inverness, MacRae nurtured his musical aspirations in the choir stalls of Inverness Cathedral and with the programmes of Radio 3.’
    • ‘The mid-C14 choir stalls, famed for their carved misericords, originally stood here.’
    • ‘The choir stalls and organ have always remained positioned at the end of the main school room.’
    • ‘A south German sculptor carved reliefs in the choir stalls of the Venetian church of the Frari, dated 1468, and the grandest of all the limewood altarpieces was made by Veit Stoss in 1477-89 for S. Mary's in Cracow.’
    • ‘Although some could have been seated in the choir stalls they would have not been able to see and were unlikely to have been able to hear.’
    • ‘Members of the congregation had poured into the choir stalls for the 5.30 pm service, led by dean of Salisbury the Right Reverend June Osborne.’
    • ‘In baroque woodwork, Grinling Gibbons's choir stalls in St Paul's cathedral are unsurpassed in England.’
    • ‘I had wanted, for the sake of old times, to stand again in the choir stalls.’
    • ‘Sadly, my glorious choral career came to a close because I kept fainting in the choir stalls.’
    • ‘Suddenly, one of the birds walked up to me, only three feet away, then turned to enter one of the choir stalls - as if to attend more properly to its singing.’
    • ‘Sadly we do not sit in the historic choir stalls, they are after all rather a distance from the altar.’
    • ‘The choir stalls were moved from the chancel to their present position in the nave in 1961 to make room for the bishop's throne and canon's stalls.’
    • ‘One choir stall contained past Prime Ministers from the last three decades with Lord Callaghan joining Baroness Thatcher, with husband Denis, and John Major, with his wife Norma.’
    • ‘Lara, who was trying to drag her mother away from the conversation about the Health and Safety conditions of the choir stalls, turned round suddenly in surprise at his trying to get her attention.’
    • ‘The choir stalls, the communion table and the rail were quite badly damaged.’
    • ‘The monastic choir stalls had ledges calls misericords which allowed the brethren to lean against them whilst standing for the long services.’
    • ‘We saw the burial vault of King George VI and the Queen Mother and walked through the choir stalls past the altar where Charles and Camilla married a few weeks ago.’
    • ‘In February 1971, a fire broke out in the north-west tower near the bell chamber when a tarpaulin caught alight and another fire the following year destroyed pinnacles and woodwork in the choir stalls.’
    • ‘Portals, altarpieces, choir stalls, tabernacles, and other elements likewise shared in this penchant for the organic transformation of architectural members.’
    • ‘They bow at the altar, then to each other, before padding softly up to their choir stalls, which are hidden from view.’
    • ‘Some of his insights are profound: ‘The choir stalls kept the most perfect vigil of all: waiting to serve.’’
    • ‘The side altar will also be removed, and new movable choir stalls in front will be added for increased flexibility.’
    • ‘The church insider said: ‘The dispute has been going on since 2002, when the choir was told to leave the choir stalls and go and sit in the nave.’’
    • ‘The choir stalls displayed large bunches of wheat and asparagus ferns, while colour was added by a profusion of dahlias.’
    • ‘We were seated in the choir stalls at the left of the image shown above.’
    • ‘Inside the abbey people sat quietly in the choir stalls or on chairs in front of lit candles, absorbed in prayer or contemplation.’
    • ‘Micro-architecture defined the church interior, on walls, in stained glass - where tall figures were posed under towering architectural canopies - on altarpieces and furnishings such as thrones, sedilia, and choir stalls.’
    • ‘The stained glass windows are of the expected bright colouring and the dark choir stalls sombrely face each other from both sides of the aisle, in the usual manner.’