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 service was organised by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, to celebrate
the Patron Saint of musicians and church music, whose feast day falls on November 22.
The service was attended by HRH The Duchess of Gloucester and the Lord Mayor of London, and the address was delivered by Will Todd, composer of TheCall of Wisdom, which was commissioned as the anthem for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee service at St Paul's in
Guest readers at the service were world-renowned opera singers Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Sir Willard White, who stepped-in for Sir Michael
Parkinson, who was unable to attend.
This year's service especially celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen and the Feast of Christ the King, which takes place on
November 25 and will be marked at St Paul's with a special Jazz Mass.
Each year, a special anthem is commissioned by the Musicians' Benevolent Fund, with the support of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, which is premiered by the combined choirs at the service.
This year's work was Alec Roth's anthem, Jubilate.
Previous composers have included Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Tavener, Roxanna Panufnik, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Jonathan Dove and Ronald
Another special feature of the Service was the procession of many of the London Livery Companies.
This festival service has been held in London each year since 1946, on the Wednesday nearest to St Cecilia’s Day, and is rotated between
the two Cathedrals and the Abbey.