Definition of chapel royal in English:

chapel royal


  • 1A chapel in a royal palace.

    • ‘With Matilda and Henry we see, for the first time in English court life, that exalted, stylish - and indeed expensive - medieval court devotion of theological conversation, chapels royal, composers, musicians and sumptuous charity.’
    • ‘Before dinner, we all sat down in the castle's chapel royal.’
    • ‘The wedding took place at the Chapel Royal at Holyrood on 29 July 1565, Mary wearing black, as befitted a widow.’
    • ‘In a chapter on the architecture of chapels royal the book adds significantly to our understanding of the mechanisms of access to the monarch in the early Stuart court.’
    • ‘But when Henry passed a note to Anne in the middle of Mass in the Chapel Royal, he chose to do it on the leaf of a richly illuminated prayer book.’
    • ‘She then attended a service in the Chapel Royal led by the chaplain Reverend Denis Mulliner.’
    • ‘The State Apartments have been open to the public since the 1960s and the Chapel Royal, itself an architectural gem, was used for daily mass until the 1980s.’
    • ‘It was a large ecclesiastical establishment supported by a residential college and expected to reflect the power and influence of the municipal state - just as chapels royal expressed princely magnificence.’
    • ‘The Chapel Royal, built during Henry VIII's short marriage to Anne of Cleves, was where Victoria and Albert were married, and where the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales rested before her funeral.’
    1. 1.1the Chapel Royal The body of clergy, singers, and musicians employed by the English monarch for religious services, now based at St James's Palace, London.
      • ‘The ‘Cathedral Choir’ where Samuel Sebastian had been brought up was at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace, where he had been a chorister from the age of seven.’
      • ‘Originally performed in 1603 by the Children of the Chapel Royal, its plot has more twists than a bent corkscrew.’
      • ‘Already a Gentleman in Ordinary at the Chapel Royal, he became an organist there in 1621.’
      • ‘The Avison Ensemble is restoring this church music link in 2004 in concerts with the Choir of the Chapel Royal.’
      • ‘As a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, Byrd composed music for the Anglican liturgy but was himself a devout Roman Catholic, repeatedly harassed until Queen Elizabeth interceded.’
      • ‘He also provided support in other ways, allowing Royal Musicians, members of the Twenty-four Violins, to play at the theatres and singers from the Chapel Royal to perform.’
      • ‘He became Organist of the Chapel Royal in 1575, and together with Tallis, a fellow Catholic, received from the queen a monopoly on music printing.’
      • ‘He moved to Britain in 1710 and became a British subject in 1726 enabling him to be appointed a composer of the Chapel Royal.’
      • ‘A revised version of Esther was given in London in 1732, not, as originally intended, by the children of the Chapel Royal, but in concert performance, with professional adult singers.’
      • ‘After all, his earliest symphony anthem, ‘My beloved spake’, dates from that year, and we know that members of the group regularly played in the Chapel Royal.’
      • ‘This recording of music from the most important Scottish musical source of the period marks the anniversary; the Carver Choirbook was probably produced when James expanded the Scottish Chapel Royal at the beginning of the 16th century.’
      • ‘This study day, in collaboration with the Academy of Ancient Music, will explore Handel's long-standing relationship with the Chapel Royal.’
      • ‘In the programme the music is sung by the Children and Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace.’
      • ‘In 1744 he became a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal and in 1748 the Master of the Choristers at St Paul's Cathedral.’
      • ‘Because acting was considered an inappropriate activity for the aristocracy, speaking parts were performed by professionals, with female speaking parts played by the boys of the chapel royal.’
      • ‘Smith shows that East was able to use the contacts he made in the world of Westminster through the composers at the Chapel Royal to further his own publishing agenda.’
      • ‘. By this time many of Boyce's anthems were in the repertoire of the Chapel Royal, works crowned by the moving splendour of the Lamentation.’