Evensong at Old Royal Naval College Chapel

Posted on: January 5th, 2023 by wrenEditor

The Chapel of St Peter and St Paul at the Old Royal Naval Collage in Greenwich are having a special evensong service at 4pm on Saturday 25 February 2023 to commemorate Christopher Wren exactly 300 years since his death.

The Chapel Choir comprises of members drawn mainly from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance and surrounding communities. Trinity Laban is the only Conservatoire in UK to support a Collegiate Chapel Choir, which is one of the most outstanding sacred music ensembles in London. The Choir is directed by Ralph Allwood MBE, and Jonathan Eyre is the organist.


This glorious Chapel of St Peter and St Paul at the Old Royal Naval College was built by Thomas Ripley to the designs of Sir Christopher Wren and was the last major part of the Royal Hospital for Seamen to be constructed. Following a disastrous fire in 1779, it was redecorated by James ‘Athenian’ Stuart in the Greek revival style, and today is a wonderful example of a complete neoclassical interior.

The preacher for this service will be the Revd Prof William Whyte, Professor of Social and Architectural History at the University of Oxford and priest in the Church of England.

Introit: Purcell, Man that is born of a woman 

Responses: Tomkins

Psalm: 84

Canticles: Howells, St Paul’s Service

Anthem: Parry, I was glad

A Special Service to Celebrate the Life of Wren

Posted on: October 28th, 2022 by wrenEditor

St Mary’s, East Knoyle, will offer a special service to celebrate Wren’s life and his birth in the parish, followed by a reception and lunch followed by a talk on Wren.

All weekend there will be an opportunity to see the work sculpted by John Maine RA to commemorate Sir Christopher’s life and work.

A Special Evensong for the Friends of City Churches

Posted on: October 21st, 2022 by wrenEditor

A special Evensong at St Mary Abchurch in to celebrate the life of Christopher Wren and to give thanks for the City Churches.

A Special Evensong with the Lord Bishop of London

Posted on: October 21st, 2022 by wrenEditor

A Special Evensong at St Mary Aldermary to commemorate the life of Christopher Wren officiated by The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, Lord Bishop of London.

Choral Evensong in Honour of Christopher Wren

Posted on: October 21st, 2022 by wrenEditor

Wren and Faith Coghill were married in the Temple Church on 7 December 1669.

Speaker: Dr Robin Griffith-Jones, Reverend and Valiant Master of the Temple: Wren at the Temple: Personal and Professional.

Wren was commissioned in 1682 to transform the – profoundly Gothic – Temple Church (1163-1240) into a fashionably classical space. His decoration and furnishings lasted until the Victorian restoration of the 1840s. His reredos was bought back from the Bowes Museum after World War II and re-installed.

Wren’s articulation of the Temple Church’s two halves was informed by the theology of Jerusalem’s Jewish Temple and of early Christian churches, all studied with extraordinary learning in late 17th century London. His patrons, the lawyers of Inner and Middle Temple, ensured that due justice was also done to the evolution of English law as invented in the myths of ‘the British History’. The result was a richly symbolic, evocative space, as poetic as it was beautiful. It can enthral and inspire us still.

The congregation is invited to refreshments in the Round after the service.

I have sent your Watch at last & envy the felicity of it, that it should be soe near your side & soe often enjoy your Eye. … .but have a care for it, for I have put such a spell into it; that every Beating of the Balance will tell you ’tis the Pulse of my Heart, which labors as much to serve you and more trewly than the Watch; for the Watch I beleeve will sometimes lie, and sometimes be idle & unwilling … but as for me you may be confident I shall never“.