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10 May - Choristers of the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy


Directly after our Commemoration Service at Southwark Cathedral on 2 May, the Choristers of the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy were escorted by Royal Household Transport, through south and west London traffic, out into the Berkshire countryside, through the armed-police guarded King Henry VIII gate, into the grounds of Windsor Castle.  By 9.00 am Friday morning, the last notes of the rehearsal rang out from the Chapel and the gates were opened to the honoured, invited guests, all members of the Royal Victorian Order, whose loyal service to the Royal Family has been formally recognised.  All the choristers and lay clerks assembled in the Cloisters at 10.30 am to process in to the choir stalls, while the splendid organ sounded grand voluntaries before formal proceedings started.  Trumpeters of the Band of the Household Cavalry sounded fanfares for Her Majesty and Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Grand Master of the Royal Victorian Order, as they took their seats. This Service of Praise, Remembrance and Dedication reflected upon and celebrated the dutiful work of the members of the Order and included beautiful music from the combined choir and rousing hymn-singing from all present.  The event takes place every four years at 
St. George’s, the only Chapel large enough to house the number of invitees and participants, though it is the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy which is the official Chapel of the Royal Victorian Order, hence the inclusion of the Savoy Choristers in the service.  It was a true spectacle to behold and our choristers were exemplary in their contribution to this memorable occasion


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