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.
This month the Chapel Royal was honoured to be celebrating the Official Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, on 12th June, the Third Sunday after Trinity.
To honour this special occasion, a festal Eucharist was held at 11am on Sunday 12th. The Eucharist Motet was ‘I love all beauteous things”, a new anthem composed by The Master of the Queen’s Musick, Judith Weir, in honour of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday. It was performed by the Hampton Court Chapel Royal Choir and conducted by Director of Music Carl Jackson. The choir also sang the Missa Brevis Capella Regalis, composed by Anthony Caesar, and the organ voluntary was March: Orb and Sceptre, composed by William Walton, played by Rufus Frowde.
The Chapel Royal at Hampton Court played host to the choir of the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace on 5th June, when the choirs came together for their annual joint service. The choirs sang pieces from Tudor Times to the present, an Introit by Thomas Tallis to an Anthem by Jonathan Dove; providing a stunning accompaniment to the worship in Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal. The day was rounded off by a tea party and a hard fought, but good natured, football match between the boy choristers that resulted in a win for Hampton Court. The choirs look forward to the return visit and match at St James’s Palace next year.
The Choral Foundation is delighted to open registration for the be a chorister for a day event which this year will take place on Saturday 24th September. Local boys aged 7 to 9 years who are genuinely interested in finding out more about becoming a chorister at the Chapel Royal Hampton Court Palace are invited to our open morning to enjoy a choral workshop, take part in a concert and then tuck into lunch with the choristers. Places are strictly limited but available to boys of all musical abilities and academic backgrounds who think they have what it takes to be a Chapel Royal chorister!
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"I have been running the open day for 5 years and each year I am taken aback by the interest and enthusiasm of the candidates and each year the standard rises. What is wonderful is that we are able to take boys with no musical background and provide them with a first class musical education for free. This is a life changing experience and the Choral Foundation is proud to support boys from every background to achieve their potential. I only wish that I could offer 100 places because I am sure that we could fill them! Come along and find out if it could be you"
Michele Price, Director of Development
The Chapel is located on the ground floor and has level access so should not present problems for visitors with mobility difficulties. Wheelchair hire is available (details here).
If you are concerned about accessing the Chapel then don’t hesitate to let us know that you will be coming, and we can help you make necessary arrangements (Contact details here).
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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.
Holy Communion at 8.30am, 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.
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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.
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