The Old Royal Naval College Chapel holds regular concerts and services, as well as student performances from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.


Revd Patricia Mann

Pat is the Old Royal Naval College's Chaplain, responsible for worship and pastoral care for the site including visitors, our staff, and our partners at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the University of Greenwich.

Before coming to the Old Royal Naval College, Pat was Assistant Curate (title post) at St Faith’s Church, Havant in the Diocese of Portsmouth.  Pat had a long career in the Civil Service prior to ordination at senior level in the Office for National Statistics and a slightly shorter and part-time one alongside it in the Territorial Army.  She is also one of the team of Duty Chaplains at Westminster Abbey.

Pat is married with a teenage son and has a keen interest in history.  She enjoys living in Greenwich and exploring the local markets.

Pat is also an Honorary Curate (Assistant Priest) at St Alfege Church, Greenwich.

For enquiries please contact Pat at [email protected]

Assistant Chaplain

Revd Faith Wakeling

Faith is the Assistant Chaplain at the Old Royal Naval College, who assists and supports the Chaplain, the Revd Pat Mann. She is also Assistant Priest at St Alfege Church, Greenwich.

Before coming to the Old Royal Naval College, Faith was the Associate Priest in the Parish of the Divine Compassion, Plaistow in East London. Her title post was served at St John the Baptist Loughton, Essex.

Prior to Ordination, Faith had a long career in the Civil Service, in various departments in Central London.

Faith is professed in the Third Order of the Franciscans (TSSF) and has a passion for social justice and environmental concerns. She has a keen interest in local history, and enjoys hiking, gardening on her allotment, visiting art galleries, and is a keen watercolour artist, and photographer.

For enquiries please contact Faith at [email protected]

Director of Chapel Music

Ralph Allwood

In 2012 Ralph Allwood became the Director of Chapel Music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with responsibility for music at the Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College.

Ralph left Eton College in 2011, where he had been Precentor and Director of Music for 26 years, in order to pursue his freelance activities and found Inner Voices, a choir for forty young people from ten Inner London state schools. Ralph is a judge for the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and is a regular visitor to several Welsh choirs, including the National Youth Choir of Wales, which he is conducting this year. He founded the Eton Choral Courses, Junior Choral Course, held at Cheltenham College and the Rodolfus Choir, and leads choral courses and workshops all over the world.

He will continue as Director of the Eton Choral Courses. In 2002 he was made Honorary Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music, in 2003 an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and an MBE in the 2012 New Years' Honours. Recently Ralph has been awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Music by the University of Aberdeen.

Chapel Organist

Richard Gowers joins us from King’s College Cambridge, where he took a degree in Music and was organ scholar. He has given recitals around the world, including in Australia, Germany, Iceland and several tours of the USA. Also a keen pianist, he currently studies Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Dussek and Joseph Middleton. Richard plays for all choral services at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel.

The Chapel Choir

Since 2001, the Trinity Laban Old Royal Naval College Chapel Choir has provided outstanding sacred music for the Chapel. Many members of the choir are drawn from our partners, Trinity Laban, but there are also a number of places in the choir for experienced and outstanding local volunteer singers.

All members of the choir are accomplished musicians, trained singers with the ability to both blend and also take significant solo roles. The choir is supported by an organ scholar, an assistant organist and Director of Chapel Music. The choir sings a varied repertoire, spanning over 500 years of music, from Renaissance polyphony to the present day. Members of the choir also have the opportunity to perform substantial solo items on a regular basis.

The Chapel Choir is unique amongst cathedral, church and collegiate choirs in the UK in that it has such ready access to the wide range of musical resources at Trinity Laban and collaboration with orchestral and jazz musicians, historical performers and composers is therefore a particular feature of music in worship at the Chapel. The choir gives approximately one hundred public performances each year. See our events page for the latest performances and recitals.

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