The Chapel Royal is a living, vibrant church, located at the heart of the historic palace. Everyone is welcome to attend the regular services held in the Chapel Royal and to worship in the place where kings and queens have done so for centuries.
The Feast of Christ the King on 23 November marks the end of the Church year, and its New Year begins on the following Sunday 30 November - the First Sunday of Advent - with the hope of the coming Messiah. Choral Evensong on that day is replaced by a Service of Readings and Music for Advent which marks the beginning of a time of preparation and stillness as we wait in expectation.
This is a unique way of celebrating and remembering the life of someone special to you, or commemorating a life lost in the Great War between 1914 and 1918, whilst helping to ensure that the music of The Chapel Royal continues for generations to come.
Each donation of a minimum of £10, made to the Choral Foundation, secures a beautiful Christmas Angel Decoration. This will have the name of the person you nominate written on it and will then be hung on a Christmas tree in The Chapel Royal from the 1st Sunday in Advent to the end of December. In addition, the names of those commemorated in this way will be recorded in a book which will be displayed in the Chapel from Tuesday 6th January until the end of Christmastide on 2nd February and which is then kept in the Chapel records in perpetuity. An example of the Christmas Angel Decoration will be displayed at the back of the Chapel from the 1st Sunday in advent. Unfortunately, it is not possible to distribute them after Christmas.
To reserve your Christmas Angel, please place the completed order form, together with your donation in the envelope provided and place it in the large donation box at the back of the Chapel, or post to the address on the form. A representative of The Choral Foundation will take care of the rest.
For the last two years, the Christmas Angels have proved very popular and so please register your interest as soon as possible so that your personal Angel can be displayed throughout Advent. Download order form
The Chapel Royal is a living, vibrant church with heavenly music, located at the heart of the historic palace. Everyone is welcome to attend the sung religious services at The Chapel Royal or to visit the place where Kings and Queens have worshipped for centuries. Click here to see more.
Choral Matins or Sung Eucharist at 11AM and Evensong at 3:30PM are held every Sunday. The services are from The Church of England Book of Common Prayer. Those attending the Chapel for a service only do not pay the Palace entrance fee. Click here to see more.
Click on this image for the November 2014 music list:
The Choral Foundation preserves and promotes the unique heritage of English choral music at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace and makes it accessible to all.
By making a gift to the Choral Foundation you will ensure that music, 500 years in the making, is kept alive for future generations.
Click here to read about how you can become part of this living history.