Charlotte Metcalf is the Editor of Great British Brands and the co-presenter of Break Out Culture, a weekly podcast with former Minister of Culture, Lord Vaizey. She is also a film-maker, author and journalist. For Thomas Lyte’s journal, Charlotte regularly reports on cultural events, exhibitions, fairs and publications that are of interest to the communities of craftsmen we represent and celebrate, with a particular focus on goldsmiths and silversmiths. The following article is a special edition for the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III.
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Explore the historical significance of the Chapel Royal, its renowned choir and composers, and its role in Royal weddings and christenings, as well as its collaboration with Thomas Lyte to support the prestigious organ scholarship for talented students from all backgrounds.
The Chapel Royal dates back to 1254 when it stood in Whitehall. Building began on a new chapel next to St. James’s Palace in 1538, where the Chapel Royal has stood proudly ever since. It harbours the world’s oldest choir and prides itself on being the birthplace of English choral music. After all, it was where Thomas Tallis and William Byrd, the great Elizabethan composers of late Renaissance music, were choir masters. Many other great composers gravitated here, including Orlando Gibbons, Henry Purcell and Handel.
It has been the location for numerous Royal weddings and christenings, including Queen Victoria’s wedding to Prince Albert and Prince George’s christening in 2013. It possesses a magnificent collection of Restoration silver-gilt plate that adorns the altar on festival days. Last year Thomas Lyte was honoured to be tasked with crafting the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Processional Cross that will be used at religious services and state occasions.