The Chapel Appeal

The Chapel Appeal

The altar in the Chapel

The project to restore the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula would not have been possible were it not for the generous individuals, grant-makers, companies and volunteers who contributed towards the appeal.

Restoring the Chapel

In partnership with the Chapel Council and Choral Foundation, the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula Appeal successfully met the target to raise £1.5 million by 2014 to restore the Chapel Royal to the glory and prominence it merits and to convey the majesty, history and divine glory intrinsic to its story.

Following the 1970s renovation of the Chapel, church fixtures and fittings were donated by other local churches, none of it matching or built to withstand over one million visitors per annum. As such, we have replaced all furniture with new bespoke items of fitting quality. The fabric of the Chapel and its many  historic monuments have undergone extensive conservation and cleaning following analysis and research. Ecclesiastical furnishings and subtle interventions have been added to convey the importance of the Chapel and make manifest the glory of God. These modifications and enhancements, along with a new lighting and heating system, contribute not only to the appearance of the Chapel but to an atmosphere and layout more conducive to worship.

The Crypt of the Chapel is made up of two sections; an administrative and break-out space for the  Choir and the resting place of St Thomas More where we also remember Bishop John Fisher, another  Roman Catholic martyr and Saint who was imprisoned in the Tower.

The administrative area is benefiting from a new heating and lighting system as well as appropriate  storage for the Choir’s vestments and its unique sheet music library including pieces that have been  specifically written for the Choir, most notably a Jubilate by Herbert Howells and a Te Deum by James MacMillan.

This area is now functioning as an atmospheric and inspiring meeting space for local community and  youth groups in addition to serving the necessary business of church-life such as wedding and baptism preparations. As a site of pilgrimage for Catholics worldwide, the Crypt of St Thomas More has been  redecorated and re-ordered in order to make it a fitting resting place for the Saint as well as  somewhere small groups can learn about his story.

 


Supporting the Choir of the Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London

A Choral Foundation has always existed to support the Chapel’s Choir so that it may continue its  historic legacy. Fine music-making is deemed to be an essential part of the Chapel Royal and, in 1966, a Choral Foundation was formed ‘to provide a choir master and organist, a choir and choral facilities for the edification of those attending public services of worship’.

It is the policy of the Chapel to remunerate those individuals who help us maintain the high quality of music that the Tower deserves at rates commensurate with those paid at comparable locations. Investing significant additional funds into the existing endowment is providing the necessary extra annual income required to fulfil this commitment, making sure that the Chapel can continue to attract the best possible church musicians.

These three components will ensure the future of liturgy and musicmaking at the Chapel whilst preserving the heritage and telling the stories which make this Chapel such a special place.

 


The Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula Appeal Donors and Sponsors

This project would not have been possible were it not for the generous individuals, grant-makers, companies and volunteers who contributed towards the appeal.

 

1535 Society Founding Members and Principle Appeal Donors

Dominic and Valda Burke

The Countess Cadogan MVO

Harry Collins

James and Annabel Deen

Justin and Emma Dowley

The Foyle Foundation

The Hobson Charity

Graham and Amanda Hutton

ICAP plc

Ilyas Khan

Mrs Aud Jebsen

The Kirby Laing Foundation

The Leathersellers' Company Charitable Fund

Charles and Annmarie Mackay

The Order of Malta and the Grenfell family

Professor and Mrs Anthony Mellows

John and Liliana Meredith

Christopher Moran

Peter Parker

Mark Pigott KBE

Bjorn Saven

The Syder Foundation

Tim and Charlotte Syder

Richard and Susie Walduck

Louise Wilson

Michael and Michele Witt

The Michael Uren Foundation

Contact Us

Email Judith.Calver@hrp.org.uk, phone 020 3166 6780

Chapel No. 1142785

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