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St Paul's celebrates the contribution of its Friends at special service

St Paul's has celebrated the contribution of its Cathedral Friends at a special service attended by their royal patron.

The annual Friends Festival on Wednesday 2 July, saw HRH The Duchess of Gloucester attend a special service of Evensong, followed by a recital by the Cathedral Choristers.


Music at the service and recital included Herbert Howells’ St Paul’s Service, William Harris' Bring us O Lord God (set to the words of former Dean, John Donne), and pieces by Benjamin Britten and Will Todd.

More than 200 Friends plus hundreds of others attended; amongst the congregation was Patricia Routledge CBE, Friend and actress whose brother was a former Canon Treasurer of the Cathedral. 

The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling, Dean Emeritus of Chichester, preached.

As part of the service, the new curtains to the Dean’s and Minor Canons’ aisles were dedicated. The curtains were part-funded by the Friends, and commissioned from Watts & Co.