A Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has overlooked the City of London since 604 AD and the current Cathedral was built between 1675 and 1710 by Sir Christopher Wren.
As the Cathedral of the capital city, St Paul’s is often the spiritual focus for the nation holding events of national importance as well as serving as a busy, working church.
This ancient heritage and purpose is enriched by the requirement in today’s society to engage with various constituencies as the Cathedral fulfils its mission. These may be characterised as (a) the Bishop and Diocese of London, (b) the City of London as one of the world’s business and financial centres (c) the United Kingdom as the Cathedral fulfils a national and state role and (d) the international context as it becomes an increasingly important icon of faith overseas.
There has been a choir at St Paul's Cathedral for over nine centuries. The structure of the present choir, including 12 professional adult singers (or Vicars Choral), was established in the last century when Sir John Stainer was Organist. In addition to providing music for the daily liturgical life of the Cathedral, the choir also enjoys a world-wide reputation through its many recordings, broadcasts and tours.
There are 12 Vicars Choral in the Cathedral Choir at St Paul’s – four altos, four tenors and four basses. At present their duties are as follows:
The current schedule is –
Monday Day Off
Tuesday 1700 Evensong – Rehearsal 1630 Wk 1 Choristers only Wk 2 Full Choir
Wednesday 1700 Evensong – Rehearsal 1630 Full Choir
Thursday 1700 Evensong – Rehearsal 1630 Vicars Choral only
Friday 1700 Evensong – Rehearsal 1630 Full Choir
Saturday 1700 Evensong – Rehearsal 1630 Full Choir
Sunday 1015 Mattins – Rehearsal 0930 Full Choir
1130 Eucharist Full Choir
1515 Evensong – Rehearsal 1445 Full Choir
Vicars Choral are entitled to three days off in every two weeks, the days off currently being every Monday and every other Tuesday.
Eucharist and Evensong on Christmas Day
Mattins, Eucharist and Evensong on Easter Day
The Cathedral Chapter are committed to finding a Vicar Choral who –
Our Mission Statement
St Paul’s Cathedral seeks to enable people in all their diversity to encounter the transforming presence of God in Jesus Christ.
Welcome – we all offer a warm inclusive welcome to everyone: our colleagues, volunteers and each and every visitor
Responsible – we are all responsible for each other and for part of the whole of the Cathedral’s work, not the whole of a part
Effective – we are professional and do what we say we are going to do
Nourish – we have a learning culture, not a blame culture