Chapel Biographies

Chapel Biographies

The Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula

Find out more about the people involved with the the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula appeal.

General the Lord Dannatt GCB, CBE, MC, DL 
Constable, HM Tower of London

a man outside the chapelGeneral the Lord Richard Dannatt is the 159th Constable of the Tower of London, following 40 years in the British Army.

His final appointment was as Chief of the General Staff (2006-2009). He is a Trustee of the Royal Armouries; Patron, Hope and Homes for Children; Trustee, the Windsor Leadership Trust; Founder Patron, Help for Heroes; Patron, Royal British Legion Norfolk; President, ABF The Soldier’s Charity Norfolk; Vice Patron St Dunstan’s; Appeal Board Member, Combat Stress; Council Member, Royal United Services Institute. He is also a comment writer and analyst for the Telegraph Media Group.

The Reverend Roger Hall MBE

The Chapel vicarAfter growing up in Shropshire, Reverend Roger Hall attended school in Liverpool, after which he took up training for the Priesthood in Lincoln.

Having spent his curacy back in Shropshire, Reverend Hall joined the British Army as a chaplain in 1987. For the first twelve years of his army career, Reverend Hall spent most of the time as an operational chaplain, serving in places such as Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo and East Timor.

For two years, Reverend Hall was chaplain to the Household Division and the Guards Chapel, which he describes as both "an interesting and demanding time". After this posting, he returned to Germany as Senior Chaplain before being appointed Assistant Chaplain General, which led to four years in Edinburgh.

In 2007, having resigned his Commission, Reverend Hall became chaplain to the Queen and chaplain to HM Tower of London. As well as his role at HM Tower of London, he is also Chaplain to Bacon's College (a city Academy), five livery Companies and the East India Club. Reverend Hall is also a Trustee of Chapter I - a housing trust based in the City of London.

Married to Barbara with three grown up children, Reverend Hall supports Liverpool Football Club, skis and loves good food, wine, books and music. Travelling and interesting conversation also come high on his list of priorities.

Colonel Richard Harrold OBE

Dick Harrold - Tower Group DirectorPrior to retirement from the Army in 2003, Colonel Dick Harrold worked in Army Corporate Communications, developing the ‘Image Strategy’ for the Army, media operations capability and managing various PR campaigns. Before that he had worked in Headquarters Northern Ireland as the principal staff officer for all personnel, logistic and estates matters. That followed two years as an instructor at the Joint Services Command and Staff College where he was employed by the Foreign Office to develop and deliver training packages on Peace Support Operations for allied and Commonwealth armies.

Between 1995 and 1998 he commanded the 1st Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment, which included leading them on 6 months of active operations against terrorists in West Belfast in the period following the breakdown of the first ceasefire and before the second ceasefire. Prior to command he had been in charge of the Operations and Deployment branch at Headquarters Northern Ireland, for which he was made an OBE.

He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. He divides his spare time between the Tower and his house in Kent. He is married to Lesley, who is a solicitor. He has two adult children from his first marriage.

The Choir

The choir at the chapel of St Peter ad VinculaThe Choir of the Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London is one of Britain's leading chapel choirs and occupies a place at the heart of the nation's royal heritage. Formed of ten professional singers - who also perform regularly with distinguished consorts and opera companies in the UK and abroad - the choir continues the tradition of musical excellence central to the English royal court.

The choir sings regularly at the two Chapels Royal in the Tower of London. The services have an enviable reputation for excellence, with a thriving congregation of visiting dignitaries, members of the Tower community, including Yeoman Warders ('Beefeaters') and their families, and some of the Tower's two million annual tourists.

The Tower choir is regularly invited to sing at high-profile public and private occasions and most recently sang for the installation of the Lord Prior of the Order of St John in London. It has performed on numerous occasions at the City of London Festival as well as appearing at the Stratford-on-Avon and Chelmsford Festivals.

The repertoire performed by the choir encompasses choral music from all ages, including music written specially for the English Chapels Royal.

 Mrs Gillian Howard

A lady outside of the chapelA food specialist, with over 30 years experience creating and innovating in the food industry. After working for Marks and Spencer for 14 years, Gill started a product development consultancy and has gone on to work for several other retailers and many food manufacturers.

Married to Andrew, they have lived in Wapping and worshipped at St Peter ad Vincula for over 10 years. Gill is fascinated by the history of the area and is involved in volunteering and helping to preserve Wilton’s; the world’s oldest surviving grand Music Hall. They have a second home in South West France where for several years they have made wine and continue to develop their passion for food and wine.

Mr Peter Parker MD

Peter Parker

Peter Parker has been Treasurer of the Association of Friends of the Chapel since 1969 and Chairman since 1983. He was a partner of Phillips & Drew, stockbrokers between 1962-85, afterwhich he became vice-president of the Institute of Actuaries 1988-91; a council member of City & Guilds 1991-2007; a trustee of the Royal Patriotic Fund 1991-2010; a Church Commissioner 2003-2011; and Master of the Actuaries' Company 1989-90.

He is currently Chairman of the Sidney Perry Foundation, a Governor of the Music Therapy Charity and a trustee of the Historic Royal Palaces Pension Scheme. A widower, with two surviving children and seven grandchildren, he lives in London.

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