The Chapel 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
James and Annabel Deen
Justin and Emma Dowley
The Foyle Foundation
The Hobson Charity
Graham and Amanda Hutton
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
Mark Pigott KBE
The Syder Foundation
Tim and Charlotte Syder
Richard and Susie Walduck
Michael and Michele Witt
The Michael Uren Foundation
Email Toby.Wheeler@hrp.org.uk, phone 020 3166 6780
Chapel No. 1142785