King's College Chapel

As well as being the most instantly recognizable and iconic building in Cambridge, King's College Chapel plays a central role in College life. It is the place where new students matriculate and where fellows are admitted and welcomed. We use the Ante-Chapel for concerts on a regular basis, and very occasionally for lectures. The Chapel is the place where the choir records music for CDs and digital release on our own Recording Label.

Every day in term time we welcome hundreds of people to share in our daily services. In December we broadcast a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols live on Radio on Christmas Eve and pre-record Television services for both Christmas and Easter.  

In short, although it is a place of outstanding beauty, historic importance and international fame, the Chapel's primary purpose is to be a spiritual resource for the college community. For instance, the Chapel is also put to use during the annual 'King's Affair' as a quiet and restorative space for those who have been enjoying the noisier attractions elsewhere in College.

Members of the public are warmly welcomed to join us for choral services, which take place every day during term.

From choir concerts to organ recitals, there are regular occasions to come and enjoy wonderful music at King's.

Find out about the history of King's College Chapel from its foundation by Henry VI in 1441 to the present day.

Who's Who

Meet the Dean, Chaplain and other members of the team who play an important role in the life and upkeep of the Chapel.

The Organ

With its gilded pipework and unmistakeable sound, our Harrison & Harrison organ is famous the world over.

Virtual Tour

Venture virtually inside our world-famous Chapel and explore from the chancel to the West End roof.

Introduced in 1918, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is broadcast to millions of people around the world.

Easter at King’s is a festival of services, concerts and talks over the period of Holy Week and Easter.

Help us preserve our historic Chapel and improve the experience of our worshippers and visitors.

Founded in 1997, King's Voices is our mixed voice choir and has a regular programme of rehearsals and services.

Chapel News

King's Chapel plays host to exhibition of calligraphy works

The exhibition of works by the Venerable Master Yue Zhen of Taoguang Temple in Hangzhou is part of a wider programme of cultural exchange.

Former Choral Scholar becomes LPO Principal Conductor

Edward Gardner has been announced as the new Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sir Stephen Cleobury presented with prestigious new choral award

Sir Stephen has been awarded the inaugural "Lifetime Achievement in Choral Music" Award from the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

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Contact Details

General Enquiries

Email: deans-verger@kings.cam.ac.uk
Tel: (+44) (0)1223 746506

Dean

Email: dean@kings.cam.ac.uk
Tel: (+44) (0)1223 331419

Visiting the Chapel

Email: tourism@kings.cam.ac.uk
Tel: (+44) (0)1223 331212