The Choral Foundation

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 be making your personal contribution to the future of choral music at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace.



Maintain the organ

The Choral Foundation funded the overhaul of the historic Schrider/Hill organ in 2013 by Harrison & Harrison of Durham at a cost of £210,000 which following the overhaul has been awarded Grade 2 listing as an important organ of more than special interest.

This was made possible by the generosity of Historic Royal Palaces; thousands of individual donors; trusts and foundations such as The Garfield Weston Foundation, The On Organ Fund, All Churches Trust and The Ecclesiastical Music Trust; and a number of gifts given in memory of organists, organ devotees and members of the congregation. Please click here to read about the overhaul of the organ and the inaugural organ recital. You can help maintain this magnificent instrument with its own stories to tell of Chapel Royal organists and composers down the centuries by making a gift to the organ fund.



Provide a first class musical education for free

The Choral Foundation supports and maintains the Choir, Director of Music, Organist and Organ Scholar.

To ensure that any local boy with potential has the best opportunity to train as a chorister and progress with the choir, the Choral Foundation provides a non means tested bursary to each boy to cover the cost of instrumental music lessons, voice coaching or music theory. This allows the Director of Music to focus on the demanding choral repertoire knowing that a basic, or indeed advanced, musical education is being gained on a musical instrument. To find the Chapel Royal choristers of the future, the Choral Foundation funds a family friendly public open day for prospective choristers in September each year.

Being a chorister of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court is the finest musical education that a child can receive, and an experience that stands him in good stead for any future career, musical or otherwise. Many choristers play several musical instruments and gain musical scholarships to their next school or places at national conservatoires. Some choristers go on to play the organ and several have become organ scholars at local churches and at their universities. You can sponsor a chorister or contribute to the bursary fund in a number of ways and have the award named or dedicated as you wish.



Attain the highest choral standards

The Choral Foundation is working to retain this ancient tradition by attracting and retaining the best adult choral voices. In this way the choir will achieve the highest artistic standards and be the best ambassadors of English choral music just as in centuries past.

The adult professional singers in the choir are called Gentlemen of the choir. Gentlemen-in-Ordinary of the Sovereign's Chapel Royal have their origins before the Norman Conquest, regularly accompanying the Sovereign across the battlefields of Europe. The Ordinances of Eltham of 1526 required a quota of Gentlemen-in-Ordinary to confine their services to singing the Divine Offices in the Chapel Royal within Hampton Court Palace.



Nurture the congregation

Her Majesty The Queen makes Her Chapel available to everyone who wishes to wishes to worship according to The Book of Common Prayer and to those who wish to experience first-hand the unique heritage of English choral music that has accompanied the worship of monarchs from Tudor times to the present day.

The Chapel Royal is a Royal Peculiar and not subject to parish boundaries. The Chaplain, Reverend Anthony Howe, warmly welcomes enquiries from those wishing to join the congregation or to make a visit. Please click here for more information.



Renew and replace

The Choral Foundation invites you to contribute to capital projects to renew or replace various items of musical and choir equipment.

The practice piano used by the choir is more than 50 years old and requires constant tuning; well used music folders, sheet music and hymnals are always in need of repair as many are rare or out of print; the cassocks and ruffs need replenishing as the number of choristers increases, as does their height! If the Choral Foundation can support these day to day requirements then the Chapel Royal can ensure that its funds are spent on producing the programme of music that inspires the congregation and visitors.



How can I make a difference?

You can support our aims by:

•  Making a one off gift
•  Donating a regular amount by standing order
•  Leaving a gift in your will or In Memory of a loved one
•  Sponsoring a Chorister or Gentleman
•  Contributing to a capital cost

Please contact Louise Cole, by emailing choral.foundation@hrp.org.uk to discuss how you can make your gift and how you might like to have your contribution recognised.



Patrons and Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the Choral Foundation is made up of a range of professional people who have some existing or past link to the choir and who care about its future. The Patrons of the charity are The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres KCVO, Bishop of London and Dean of HM Chapels Royal; Elizabeth, The Lady Maclean; The Revd Canon Denis Mulliner LVO; Judith Weir CBE, Master of The Queen's Music; and Harry Christophers CBE.

 
All photographs of the Chapel Royal or taken in the Chapel Royal are with the gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen

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