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.
Most of December is Advent, the season of preparation for Christmas (and for the Day of Judgement!). It is often a month of nasty weather, traffic jams and very busy shops. But in the Chapel Royal we try to make December a time of ‘peace and goodwill’, as the days before Christmas ought to be: for visitors the Chapel Royal will be quiet and the Advent decorations are in keeping with the season. The Moravian limewood Christmas crib, representing the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, awaits the birth of the holy child – the manger remains empty until the Midnight Mass of the Nativity on Christmas Eve – and the wise men do not appear until the Epiphany on the 4th of January in 2015. The joy of celebrating Christmas is for all who may like to attend the Midnight Mass at 11 o’clock pm on Christmas Eve or Matins at 11 o’clock am on Christmas Day: all will be welcome, and to all of you we at the Chapel Royal wish a very happy Christmas and New Year 2015!
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 December 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.
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