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.
For most people, Christmas is a time for unwinding and relaxation, but for the boy Choristers of St Paul's, the
hard work is just beginning.
Throughout Advent and Christmas, the Cathedral hosts many special services and concerts at which the boys sing, adding to their already busy
schedule of seven services a week.
Here are some facts about our Choristers:
St Paul’s Cathedral choir is currently made up of 28 full choristers and 4 probationers, all of whom board at the St Paul’s Cathedral School.
The youngest chorister is 7 and the oldest, 13.
The regular schedule for the Choristers is a busy one: rehearsals before and after school on weekdays (excepting Thursday, which is
their ‘dumb day’) and two rehearsals on a Saturday; they sing Evensong on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays plus Mattins
and Eucharist on Sunday morning.
This December, the Choristers will sing to more than 20,000 people in St Paul’s.
On Christmas Eve, the Choristers will sing a carol service at 4pm, followed by the traditional Midnight Eucharist at 11.30pm. They will
then sing at 11am on Christmas morning before lunch at the school and their last service of the year at 3.15pm (Festal Evensong).
Choristers come from all over the country. At present, the one whose home is furthest from St Paul’s is a boy from Yorkshire.
Notable former St Paul’s Choristers include England Test cricket captain Alistair Cook; Actor Simon Russell Beale; and Peter Auty, who
sang the perennial Christmas favourite Walking in the Air, in the animated film The Snowman, broadcast for the first time on Boxing Day 30
years ago in 1982.
There has been a choir of boys and gentlemen at St Paul's Cathedral for over nine centuries. The earliest records date from 1127, when
the Bishop of London, Richard de Belmeis, founded what was the first choir school and made provision for 'almonry' boys to serve the
Outside regular duties in the cathedral the Choir frequently gives concerts and broadcasts and has many notable recordings to its
Choristers receive much generous support from a number of City of London Livery Companies, which helps cover tuition and boarding
The St Paul’s Cathedral Chorister Trust does much work to fundraise for the Choristers. More information on this, and how to support St
Paul’s Choristers, as well as information about a grand Gala Dinner on the Cathedral floor in February 2013, can be found at www.stpauls.co.uk/Support-St-Pauls