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.
New Appointment for the Reverend Canon Michael Hampel
01 August 2018
We are pleased to announce that the Reverend Canon Michael Hampel, Precentor of St Paul’s Cathedral, has been named as the new Vice-Dean and
Precentor of Durham Cathedral.
As Precentor, Canon Michael will oversee and manage the provision of services and the conduct of divine worship at a cathedral which is also the
shrine of two great northern saints: St Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede. As Vice Dean, he will support the Chapter and especially the Dean in the
oversight of the governance of the place, helping to manage its resources both in relation to its staff and volunteers and its fabric and
He will leave St Paul’s at the end of October and be installed in Durham on Saturday 17th November 2018.
The Very Reverend David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s, said: “Michael has given a huge amount to the worship and work of St Paul’s over the last seven
years. His energy, creativity and vision have not only enabled the Cathedral to deliver its worship each day to a very high standard, but have also
marked out the one-off services and events which have indeed earned the epithet of ‘special’. From the Diamond Choir to the 90-year-olds at the
Queen’s 90th birthday, from a quiet memorial service in the Crypt to the poignancy and impact of the Grenfell Tower Memorial Service, Michael has
enabled the teams in the Liturgy, Music and Virgers Departments to work together with colleagues across the Cathedral to produce memorable and
outstanding events which have met the needs and touched the hearts of millions in this country and across the world.
Michael has also widened our cultural and dramatic horizons, whether it’s been Paddington at St Paul’s, Paul’s Boys and Edward’s Boys, or the
stories created to entertain the Choristers at their Amen Court Christmas Party; he has brought together his professional and personal interests to
educate and entertain, and his skills in fundraising have led to the first-ever renovation of the bells, currently under way.
As well as his liturgical work, Michael has played an important role in Chapter, leading in safeguarding work for the Cathedral, acting as
Vice-Chair of school governors and chairing the Learning in Harmony Project, driving forward projects and being the Chapter’s master of detail and
memory. He played a crucial and demanding role at the beginning of his time here during the protest camp, and has been at the heart of many other
aspects of the Cathedral’s life. I have relied substantially on his experience and wisdom. Durham is fortunate that Michael has a deep love for
that city and cathedral; and while we will miss him enormously, we rejoice with him as he takes his commitment and expertise to the Church in the
The Reverend Canon Michael Hampel said of his appointment: “I have been greatly blessed by my work with the community of faithful people who make
up the St Paul’s family. The daily round of worship here and the special services and events are only possible because of the commitment of
everyone who works here whether in my area of responsibility or not. I have loved being here and numbering so many good people as my colleagues and
I have loved my wider involvement in many institutions and organisations across London, not least the Diocese itself. I shall miss St Paul’s very
much but I know that I take your prayers and goodwill with me to the North East of England. Thank you very much for everything.”
Canon Michael’s interests in theatre, literature and music and his origins in Stratford-upon-Avon have contributed to his flair for cathedral
liturgy and worship on the grand scale and inspired him to employ the art of story in the teaching of the faith. He chairs meetings with clarity
and warmth and his rehearsals for special services are a performance in themselves.
He previously spent 15 years in County Durham as an undergraduate at Castle (University College, Durham), curate in Spennymoor, Minor Canon and
Sacrist of Durham Cathedral, and Senior Tutor of St Chad’s College, Durham, before taking up the post of Residentiary Canon and Precentor of St
Edmundsbury Cathedral in Suffolk and then coming to St Paul’s in March 2011. He has also chaired the Precentors’ Conference for six years.