We are delighted to announce that there will be two half-hour organ recitals beginning at 1PM on 24 February and 17 March in the Chapel Royal. The first on 24 February will be played by Rufus Frowde, Organist of The Chapel Royal. The second recital will be played by by Carl Jackson, the Director of Music. The programme will be announced on the day and each piece will be given a brief introduction by the organist. There is no charge to enter the chapel.
The chapel organ was built in 1711 by Christopher Schrider and many famous composers and organists have played the organ down through the centuries including Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel. It has been refurbished over the years and will soon be undergoing a major overhaul in April 2013. A member of the Choral Foundation will be on hand at the recitals to provide information about other concerts, recitals and events in the chapel. The Choral Foundation is a registered charity which is working to raise funds to pay for the maintenance of the organ and to ensure that the musical heritage of The Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace will continue for future generations.
World renowned countertenor James Bowman CBE will be headlining a concert at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace on Friday 8 March at 7:45. Mr Bowman is appearing to support the fundraising efforts of the Choral Foundation.
James Bowman will be singing English songs from Dowland to Britten and will
be joined by the choristers of the Hampton Court Chapel Royal who will sing
excerpts from Britten’s Missa Brevis, conducted by Carl Jackson.
Tickets may be booked on the Historical Royal Palaces website for £40 at http://goo.gl/0cIBU Tickets are also available for £25, which may have a restricted view. To obtain £25 tickets (which are not available online)please telephone the Historic Royal Palaces booking line on 0844 482 7795.
Doors will open at 7:15 PM. For more details, please click here.
The choristers have returned from their Christmas break and are singing Matins at 11AM and Evensong at 3:30PM on Sundays from 13 January 2013. All are welcome to attend!
The next concert in The Chapel Royal will be on Friday 8 March at 7:45 PM and feature renowned countertenor James Bowman. Tickets for this concert will go on sale on Thursday 17 January on The Historical Royal Palaces website.
The Christmas Angel is a unique way of celebrating and remembering the life of someone special to you whilst helping to ensure the music of The Chapel Royal continues for generations to come.
Each donation to the Choral Foundation of £10 or more will ensure that the name of the person you nominate is written on a beautiful Christmas Angel decoration which will be hung on a Tree of Remembrance in The Chapel Royal until the end of December. In addition, all names of loved ones commemorated in this way will be recorded in a book displayed in the Chapel from Sunday 6th January until the end of Christmastide on 2nd February and then kept in the Chapel records in perpetuity.
To reserve your Christmas Angel please speak to a representative of The Choral Foundation at the back of The Chapel Royal before or after Sunday services. The final date for reserving your Angel will be Sunday 23rd December.
Chapel Royal Choristers processed through John Lewis Kinston on Saturday 24th November to launch the Christmas shopping season. The boys sang Christmas carols to the delight of the hundreds of shoppers in the store. As a seasonal gesture, The Choral Foundation, the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Place donated tickets for their concert held in the Chapel on 20th November which were raffled by the store earlier in the week to raise money for a local food bank charity.
The Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace will be opening its doors to the public for a special concert of choral, organ and cello music. This is a unique opportunity to hear the famous Chapel Royal Choir of men and boys after dark in the atmospheric surrounds of Hampton Court Palace.
Doors open at 7.15pm and the concert will feature the Choir of HM Chapel Royal, Rufus Frowde, organist and Lesley Shrigley Jones, cellist, conducted by Musical Director of The Chapel Royal, Carl Jackson MVO.
The programme of music will be framed by two magnificent and imposing choral items: Zadok the Priest and Hallelujah (from ‘Messiah’) by George Frideric Handel, Composer of Music for the Chapel Royal. It will also include three pieces from the ‘Choirbook for The Queen’, a collection of forty-four contemporary anthems published to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, and which has been used during the year by eighty cathedral, collegiate and choral foundations.
Proceeds from the concert will go to The Choral Foundation, The Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, which is a registered charity with the aim of raising funds to ensure that boys from every walk of life have the opportunity of a free first class musical education.
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CBE, Master of the Queen’s Music is a Patron of The Choral Foundation and said this about the Concert: “I am delighted to support this evening of choral and cello music being held in the beautiful surroundings of The Chapel Royal, to raise funds to further the objectives of The Foundation. It is a particular joy to see that the Choir is being joined by the cellist Lesley Shrigley Jones who worked with me in my ensemble The Fires of London.”
Cellist Lesley Shrigley Jones, who lives locally in Teddington will join the choir for items by Rutter, Duruflé and Franck in addition to playing solo cello pieces by J.C. and J.S. Bach.
Tickets are available online via the Hampton Court Palace website http://www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace/ listed under “What’s on” or by telephoning 0844 482 7799, at a cost of £25.