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.
For anyone who missed the broadcasts on the BBC for the Tudor Treasures season, you might like to know that you can catch up online by visiting BBC iplayer, where the recordings are available for one month. The Chapel Royal was the focus for the christening of Edward VI in the Lucy Worsley and David Starkey documentary "A Night at the Palace" and you might like to spot the choristers singing the Te Deum that accompanied the service.
The recording of the Te Deum by the choir was the starting point for the Early Music Show on BBC Radio 3, in a discussion about music during the reign of Edward VI which includes an interview with Michele Price about the changes to liturgical music to accompany the introduction of the Book of Common Prayer.
We congratulate Fr Denis, Chaplain of the Chapel Royal Hampton Court Palace, on his appointment as a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) which has been announced in the 2015 New Year Honours.
The Royal Victorian Order is given by HM The Queen to people who have served Her in a personal way, and is entirely within Her personal gift. Fr Denis has been Chaplain here for 15 years. In 2011 he became the founding trustee of the Choral Foundation to preserve and promote the unique heritage of English choral music at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace and make it accessible to all.
As we begin another year of choral worship in the Chapel Royal, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on what the Choral Foundation has achieved as we celebrate 3 years since its launch by The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres KCVO, Bishop of London and Dean of HM Chapels Royal.
The Choral Foundation preserves and promotes the unique heritage of English choral music at the Chapel Royal and makes it accessible to all. To that end and with the generous support of individual donors, trusts, foundations and bequests, we have completed the overhaul of the historic Schrider/Hill organ which has been awarded listed status as a result; we have developed a successful chorister recruitment campaign through the annual “be a chorister for a day” event; we support the Director of Music and musicians; we fund free music lessons for the choristers; we have introduced an acclaimed recital series; and we encourage participation in and enjoyment of this living tradition at every level both here in the Chapel and at concert venues. All of this has and continues to be possible because of the warm support of the congregation, Historic Royal Palaces and the local community, who truly treasure and value this unique heritage and who, like me, wish to share it with worshippers and visitors far and wide for a long time to come. I hope that you will come and find out for yourself in 2015 and see how your support could further the valuable work of the Choral Foundation at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace.
For further information about how you can make your personal contribution to the future of choral music click here
Michele Price, Manager of the Choral Foundation
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.
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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.
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.