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 latest chapter in St Paul’s rich musical history has been written this week with the first
performance of the cathedral’s brand new organ.
The new OBE Chapel organ was blessed and inaugurated on 25thJanuary 2012, with a programme of works by
Handel, Boyce, Bach, Ad Wammes and Errollyn Wallen, performed by renowned British concert organist Thomas Trotter.
Consisting of 1,300 pipes, 20 stops, two manuals and pedals, the OBE Chapel organ in the cathedral’s crypt has been built
by one of the country’s foremost organ builders, William Drake.
Proposals for the new organ began as far back as the early 1990s, and now almost two decades later, in which time the funds were raised for its
creation, the instrument has been completed.
The organ, which draws its initial inspiration from English instruments of the 18th century, was funded by the Order of the British
Empire for whom the chapel is a spiritual home. Award-holders of the OBE and members of their family may be married and baptised in the chapel,
and this presently accounts for over one hundred services every year. As the cathedral's chapel of St Faith, the space is also used for
numerous other special services and events.
The OBE Chapel Organ joins three other organs at St Paul’s Cathedral. The Grand Organ has 7,256 pipes, 108 stops and
5 manuals, while the 1881 Willis on Wheels and the 1997 Continuo Organ are also regularly used during services on the cathedral floor. The new
organ brings the total number of organ pipes in St Paul’s Cathedral to around 9,150.
St Paul’s Organist Simon Johnson, said: "After almost 20 years in the planning, the cathedral’s ‘pipe-dream’ has finally been realised. It is
truly wonderful that the cathedral now has a variety of instruments, capable of rendering different aspects of the repertoire, each with its
own distinct voice and personality.
"It is in the service of the liturgy that the new organ in the OBE Chapel primarily comes into being and so this is an organ where, in the
words of the Victorian hymn writer Francis Pott, ‘Craftsman’s art and music’s measure for thy pleasure all combine’.”