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.
St Paul’s Cathedral hosts a line-up of City of London Festival Events
18 June 2012
From 24 June - 27 July, The City of London Festival will put on an extensive programme of special events featuring
world-class artists, in a number of outstanding venues, including St Paul's.
The festival, in its 50th year, aims to bring the City’s unique buildings and outdoor spaces to life through an eclectic mix of music, dance,
visual arts and film events - many of which are free.
Events taking place in and around St Paul’s Cathedral:
City of London Festival Service (free)
24 June, 11.30am
Marking both the Festival’s opening and its 50th anniversary, the service will feature the music of English composer Judith Bingham, the St
Paul’s Cathedral Choir and a sermon from the Bishop of London.
London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis – Berlioz Requiem (Tickets from £5)
25 and 26 June, 8pm
In two special celebratory performances, the legendary conductor Sir Colin Davis will join the impressive London Symphony Orchestra, London
Symphony Chorus and London Philharmonic Choir for two epic performances of Berlioz's colossal Requiem, Grande
Messe des Morts.
Festival Procession - Flowers of the World (free event)
29 June, 12.45pm
A flourishing procession performance of music, costume, dance and art, involving 1,000 children. Starting at Guildhall Yard and culminating in
a performance on the West Steps of St Paul’s from 1.30-2pm.
English National Ballet (Tickets from £5)
3 July, 8pm
Taking place under the dome, the programme will include excerpts from the Ballets Russes, Suite en blanc, and two new special
choreographic commissions by the English National Ballet, set to music by Vivaldi and John Rutter.
Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble (Tickets from £5)
12 July, 8pm
Arguably the greatest European jazz musician since Django Reinhardt, Jan Garbarek reprises his collaboration with the Hilliard Ensemble to play
their mesmerising Officium Novum.
Four Corners (free event)
12 and 13 July, 1pm and 6.30pm
14 July, 6pm
Four exceptional choreographers working with four major dance schools will be bought together for the first time to present a large-scale dance
performance. Starting at Millennium Bridge North Side, the performance will conclude on the West Steps of St Paul’s Cathedral.
50 Golden Street Pianos - Play Me, I'm Yours (free event)
24 June - 13 July
The Festival presents the street pianos for the fourth and final year, spread across London landmarks including in St Paul's
For more information on the above events or any of the additional 150 taking place over the course of the festival, visit the City of London Festival website.