Wren300 @ Ingestre

Posted on: May 12th, 2023 by wrenEditor

12:00 – Picnic Lunch

Bring a Picnic. Sandwiches, Sandwiches Tea & Cakes can be purchased

13:30 – Welcome

The Rt Hon The Earl of Shrewsbury & Talbot DL.

14:00 – Speaker – Harry Mount

Harry Mount will talk on Sir Christopher Wren Churches

15:00 – Guided tour of the Church

Anthony Young will take you on a tour of the Wren Church

16:00 – Purcell Concert in the Church

Chetwynd Performing : Henry Purcell ‘An Evening Hymn’

Sung by Valerie Martin accompanied by Jenny Hames.

‘Thou Knowest Lord the Secrets of our Hearts’

Sung by Chetwynd. Musical Director, Olly Lees. Conducted by Gill Dunn.

Sponsored By RIBA & North Staffordshire Society of Architects.

Service of Thanksgiving – Wren300

Posted on: May 12th, 2023 by wrenEditor

As part of Wren 300 the Architects and Surveyors Livery
Companies in collaboration with M&G Real Estate, the
Constructors, Paviors and Wax Chandlers Livery Companies,
have organised a service at St. Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate
the life and work of Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723); Britain’s greatest architect.

St Paul’s Cathedral in London is his masterpiece of design. It took 35 years to build. He was Surveyor-General to six English
monarchs. His most famous buildings are at the centre of
national life and ceremonials. They include Royal palaces, the
Royal Hospital, Chelsea and 52 churches built after the Great
Fire of London in 1666.


Joins us following the service for lunch at:

Plaisterers Hall, One
London Wall, London,
June 27, 2023
From 12:15
Contact info@surveyorslivery.org.uk for pricing and further info

Choral Evensong at St Michael’s Cornhill

Posted on: April 11th, 2023 by wrenEditor

This will be a service that Sir Christopher Wren would have recognised. The traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer and the King James Bible will be enhanced by evocative music from the time of Wren, sung by the Choir of St Michael’s.

Organ music will be played on the historic organ, many of whose pipes would have been heard by Sir Christopher. There will be a short address by The Reverend Henry Eatock-Taylor.

Tricentennial commemorative service for Sir Christopher Wren, architect of Royal Hospital Chelsea

Posted on: February 21st, 2023 by wrenEditor

Join The Revd. Steven Brookes, Chaplain of the Royal Hospital Chelsea and Deputy Priest in Ordinary to His Majesty The King, and the Royal Hospital Chelsea congregation in the magnificent surroundings of the Wren Chapel for this special service to commemorate one of the Nation’s greatest architects.

A titan of English architecture, Sir Christopher Wren designed the Royal Hospital Chelsea as a purpose-built home for Army veterans, with doors opening to the first residents – fondly known as the Chelsea Pensioners – in 1692. Wren’s original design, perfectly preserved today, accommodated 412 veterans and their officers around Figure Court (now the central quadrangle). Wren later added two further buildings – Light Horse and College Court.

300 years after Wren’s death, the Royal Hospital remains one of the country’s most loved and valued working historic buildings and continues to fulfil the same purpose for which it was founded. Built between 1681-7, the Chapel at the Royal Hospital Chelsea is a rare example of Sir Christopher Wren’s pure ecclesiastical work.

The music at this service of Choral Matins will particularly feature the works of celebrated English Restoration composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695) and will be sung by the Royal Hospital’s critically acclaimed Chapel Choir, directed by Organist and Director of Music William Vann and accompanied by Organ Scholar Charles Maxtone-Smith.

Entry and exit to the site is via Chapel Gate on Royal Hospital Road.

Special Choral Evensong on the 300th Anniversary of Sir Christopher Wren’s death

Posted on: February 14th, 2023 by wrenEditor

Join us for a special service of Evensong to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Sir Christopher’s Wren death on this day in 1723.

The service features specially selected readings, prayers and music, including pieces composed by John Blow (1649-1708), who served at St Paul’s as Master of the Choristers when the Cathedral was being built, and by Michael Wise (c1648-1687) who was both Almoner and Master of the Choristers at St Paul’s.

What can I expect?

This service is led by the choir, who sing responses, canticles, an anthem, and the psalms set for the day on our behalf, allowing us to experience the beauty of the music in this iconic setting. There are some readings from the Bible, and prayers are said for the Church, the World and ourselves.

You do not have to be familiar with the service – when you enter, you can pick up an easy-to-follow order of service, which will guide you through each part.

Visit our guidance on attending services at St Paul’s for more information on what to expect: https://www.stpauls.co.uk/attending-st-pauls-service


Free to attend and unticketed.

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“.