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
Canticles: Howells, St Paul’s Service
Anthem: Parry, I was glad