St Paul’s Cathedral has been here for over 1,400 years. It has been built and rebuilt five times, and always its main purpose has been as a
place of worship and prayer.
St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral's awe-inspiring
interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
Learning & Faith
Lifelong learning is a core part of the our work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Institute, and the
Cathedral's Adult Learning and Schools & Family Learning departments.
History & Collections
For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Behind the scenes, the cost of caring for St Paul's and continuing to deliver our central ministry and work is enormous and the generosity of
our supporters is critical.
Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is a
breathtaking events venue.
The choirs of St Paul’s, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral joined together to celebrate St Cecilia, patron saint of music, on 21st
November at St Paul’s.
Organised by Help Musicians UK, a charity that supports professional musicians, the Festival of St Cecilia featured a performance from
internationally renowned classical guitarist, Miloš Karadaglić and the premiere of a specially created anthem by Thea Musgrave CBE with words from
An Ode on St Cecilia’s Day by Alexander Pope.
The address was given by the Reverend Richard Coles, Vicar of St Mary the Virgin, Finedon, and known to many as a former member of British pop
group, The Communards. In his address, he recognised St Cecilia’s influence, “her inspiration has been steady, and many composers have hymned her
praise, from Purcell to Britten to Handel to Charpentier to Musgrave to the New York post-hardcore band, Polar Bear Club.”
Revd Coles added that St Cecilia’s patronage of music extends far beyond the Anglican choral tradition: “Cecilia is too the martyr, the one who
paid in blood the price of love. And patron too, I would argue, of a quite different kind of music, the music of militant love. Think of Motown,
the sound of the Civil Rights movement in Detroit…sung by those living under the lash, who sought through song to anticipate in a fallen world the
righteousness of heaven.”
In closing, Revd Coles asked of St Cecilia, “pray for us, for musicians and composers and songwriters and singers, for the cloistered and the
mobilised; give to the voiceless a voice, tune our songs to heaven, and grant us your gifts of roses and fire.”