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
Education is a core part of the Cathedral's work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Forum, St Paul's Institute and the
Schools & Families department.
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.
Up and down the country, churches and cathedrals are responding imaginatively to the need to support the musical education of the next
generation. Above and beyond promoting the excellent opportunities which Choristership offers to boys and girls, institutions have partnered
with schools and education hubs to deliver outreach and education programmes.
The Choir Schools Association championed this work with its Chorister Outreach Programme, supported by government funding from 2007-2010. This
legacy continues, and, regardless of whether a link can be forged between outreach and Chorister recruitment, Cathedral music is worth sharing.
OBE Organ Project
St Paul’s recently launched a project to take organ music – and digital organs – into primary schools, and to run workshops in the Cathedral. This
was given impetus by the William Drake organ in the OBE chapel, which has now been heard by thousands of London children. This project is about
broadening horizons and enriching school curricula. It is funded by the Order of the British Empire. Schools are selected by St Paul’s
Cathedral in partnership with Learning Trusts.
Thanks to further support from the OBE, St Paul’s is also piloting a singing scheme. This involves choral workshops, singing assemblies, and
opening the Cathedral up to partner schools and their choirs. This is in addition to the Cathedral Choir’s commitment to sing Evensong in every
Deanery in the Diocese of London over the course of eight years.
Hackney Children's Choir
The singing scheme also involves a partnership with the Hackney Children’s Choir for the year 2015-2016. The Hackney Children’s Choir teaches
children to read music, learn the choral repertoire, and gain from culturally enriching experiences. The formula is a simple one – musical and
behavioural expectations are high, and the environment is friendly and supportive.
There is no cost to families, and the Chapter are keen for children of all backgrounds to be involved. The Choir rehearses every Tuesday during
term time, 4-5.15pm at St Paul's Church, West Hackney, and gives performances locally. Occasionally, the Hackney Children's Choir sings in St
Paul’s with the world-famous Cathedral Choir.