A 45-minute long peace-inducing church service in which the ‘song’ of voices sounding together in harmony is heard at the ‘even’ point between the active day and restful night, allowing listeners time for restful contemplation – Church members, agnostics and atheists alike. It is both free of charge and free of religious commitment, and its 470-year-old choral music tradition established around 1549 is performed live and often to a very high standard.
This glorious Chapel 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.
Since 2001, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance has provided music in the Chapel at the ORNC. 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.