Queen's College Chapel Celebrates 300th Anniversary with The Archbishop of York


Part view of stained glass windows and ceiling in The Queen's College Oxford Credit: The Queen's College University of Oxford

The Queen's College, Oxford is celebrating the 300th anniversary of its unique Georgian Chapel in November 2019. The programme of events will include a commemorative service on 3 November with the Archbishop of York, the College Visitor. The programme of events, running from 29 October to 9 November, will involve a BBC Radio 3 Choral Evensong broadcast; a study day with expert speakers exploring the architectural, liturgical, and musical context of the Chapel building; and recitals showcasing the College's acclaimed Frobenius organ and unique baroque silver trumpet. It will culminate with a concert of music by Bach and Handel, with the Choir of the Queen's College and Instruments of Time & Truth.

Founded in 1341, the College has a strong historical link with the North of England, and Archbishop Sentamu will retrace the steps of his predecessor who consecrated the new Chapel on All Saints' Day 1719. The apsidal Chapel building, based on designs by Nicholas Hawksmoor, stands at the centre of Oxford's most complete baroque college. The Chapel holds three services of Choral Evensong each week during term, and continues to attract, inspire, and challenge the student community, as highlighted by the recent press reports on Oxbridge Chapel attendance.

The Revd Katherine Price, the first female Chaplain in the Chapel's three hundred year history, says, 'With students increasingly reporting that they are stressed and under pressure to achieve, this peaceful space at the heart of the College helps put life into perspective: the perspective of centuries of history, and of eternity. This anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate not just the building but the living community of which we are a part.'