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.
Nor Youth Nor Age - Shakespeare's life and work considered through words and music at St Paul's
12 August 2014
A special series of services and song recitals at St Paul's will celebrate the work of the world's greatest-ever
playwright this September.
To mark the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth this year, every Sunday Evensong in September will see preachers consider
Shakespeare’s life and work, particularly in relation to the world of faith, both in his time and now.
And following each service a series of recitals for voice and piano will present various interpretations of Shakespeare’s writing through the
music of great composers, including Brahms, Tippett, Finzi, Parry and Stanford.
Entitled Nor Youth Nor Age - a line from Measure for Measure
- the series which begins on Sunday 7 September will look at the Bard's questioning mind, tragedy and the Christian, the Church of England and
the comedy of redemption.
Although more regularly associated with the south bank of the Thames, Shakespeare would have known St Paul’s very well. Many printers were
situated outside in the Churchyard, including his old Stratford friend, Richard Field, who printed several of his early non-dramatic poems, and
Shakespeare would have regularly made the journey past St Paul’s to the Stationers' Hall to have his plays registered.
The Reverend Canon Michael Hampel, Precentor of St Paul’s, and himself a Stratfordian who attended the same school as Shakespeare said:
"Shakespeare bestrides the narrow world like a colossus. His colleague, Ben Jonson, said that he was ‘not of an age but for all time’. At St
Paul’s, we celebrate the interaction between divine and human creativity and are looking forward to celebrating Shakespeare’s contribution to
our understanding of just what makes people tick. His poetry quickens the heartbeat and helps us to confront both the tragedy and the comedy of
Sunday 7 September Shakespeare’s Questioning Mind Evensong - 3.15pm
Address: Professor Stanley Wells CBE, Editor of the Oxford Shakespeare Song Recital - 4.45pm
Martha McLorinan mezzo-soprano The Clown’s
Songs from Twelfth Night Stanford English Lyrics
Blow, blow, thou winter wind Bridge
When daffodils being to peer Ireland
Sunday 14 September Shakespeare, Tragedy and the Christian: Not in our Stars, but in Ourselves Evensong - 3.15pm
Address: The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley, Chancellor, St Paul’s Cathedral Song Recital - 4.45pm
Tim Jones baritone Willow
song Anon Blow, blow, thou winter wind Arne Let Us Garlands Bring Finzi It was a lover and his lass Morley
Sunday 21 September Shakespeare and the Church of England Evensong - 3.15pm
Address: Dr Alison Shell, Reader in English Literature, University College London Song Recital - 4.45pm
Andrew Carwood tenor Five Shakespeare
Songs Quilter Songs for Ariel Tippett
Sunday 28 September Shakespeare and the Comedy of Redemption Evensong - 3.15pm
The Reverend Canon Michael Hampel, Precentor, St Paul’s Cathedral Song Recital - 4.45pm
Mandy Griffin mezzo-soprano Ophelia-Lieder Brahms Seven Shakespeare