For centuries to the present day, music has been at the heart of the Temple, an oasis lying between the City of Westminster and the City of London.
The ancient Temple Church and historic Middle Temple Hall continue to be the setting for outstanding chamber and choral concerts, organ recitals, song recitals and staged performances of operas.
The twelfth century church with its famous organ and choir has long been associated with numbers of distinguished musicians and composers such as Stanford, Walford-Davies, Thalben-Ball, as well as Tavener and Adès more recently.
Middle Temple Hall is the finest example of an Elizabethan Hall in the country. 101 feet long and 41 feet wide, it is spanned by a magnificent double hammer beam roof. Begun in 1562 when Edmund Plowden, the famous law reporter, was Treasurer of the Inn, it has remained virtually unaltered to the present day. William Shakespeare had a close relationship with Middle Temple and Twelfth Night was given its first performance Middle Temple with an apochryphal appearance by Shakespeare himself. The Hall, whose prime function is to serve the dining and lectures of the Inn, offers an outstanding acoustic and environment for song and chamber recitals.
In addition to its liturgical duties and commitments, the Temple Church Choir performs concerts in the church and further afield. In 2003, its men and boys sang in the premiere in the Temple Church of Sir John Tavener’s all-night epic, The Veil of the Temple, and subsequently overnight at the Lincoln Center in New York in 2004. The Choir made its debut at the Proms the same year. The choir goes from strength to strength in its development and profile. Its profile is further planned for promotion through recordings, the first now available for purchase through the website – Click here to visit our shop