The Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) has an active congregation, holds regular services and is often used for concerts. Students from our site partner, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, hold regular performance classes and recitals.


Revd Patricia Mann

Pat is the Chaplain to the Chapel.  She is also responsible for worship and pastoral care for the whole of the Old Royal Naval College, this includes the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, the University of Greenwich and all staff and visitors.

Before coming to the ORNC, 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.

Both the Chaplain and Assistant Chaplain are also Honorary Curates (Assistant Priests) at St Alfege Greenwich.

Assistant Chaplain

Revd Dr Susan Blackall

Susan Blackall is the Anglican Assistant Chaplain for the Chapel at the ORNC.

Before coming to the ORNC, Susan was Non-Stipendiary Curate at St Barnabas, Eltham. She has a BA (Hons) and MA in English from Queen’s University, Canada, took her DPhil at Oxford in mediaeval Icelandic sagas, and has a diploma in theology from the University of Kent, Canterbury. She has also had a secular career at senior level in the UK market research industry.
Susan is an avid reader, enjoys walking and running, and loves living in London.

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 ORNC.

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.

Organ Scholar of the Chapel

Max Barley

Max was a chorister at King's College, Cambridge and Organ Scholar at St John's College, Oxford, where he studied Modern Languages. His Modern Languages degree took him to Munich, where he studied choral conducting at the Conservatoire with Michael Glaeser and Andreas Herrmann. In the UK he has studied conducting with Paul Spicer, Ralph Allwood and Martin Neary, organ with the late David Sanger, and singing with Robert Rice. 

 Max is currently Director of Music at St Mary's Church Wimbledon, Director of West Barnes Singers, Accompanist and Associate Director of Thames Philharmonic Choir, and a Choral  Animateur for Westminster Cathedral's Outreach programme. He has also worked on the music staff for various residential choral courses: Eton Choral Courses, National Children's Choir of Great Britain, and the National Youth Training Choir of Wales. He was formerly Director of Thames Youth Choir and Accompanist and Assistant Director of Tiffin Boys' Choir. 


The ORNC Chapel Choir

Since 2001, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance has provided music in the Chapel at the ORNC. Trinity Laban is the only Conservatoire in UK to support a Collegiate Chapel Choir, which is one of the most outstanding sacred music ensembles in London. Many members of the choir are drawn from 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 ORNC 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 for the latest performances and recitals.

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