The Festival is a unique and extraordinary event. It celebrates the work of the Trust and the clergy families we serve, with our generous supporters. In 2023, we supported over 2,700 households with over £6.2m of grants and services.

The Festival will be held for the 369th time, starting at 5pm, Tuesday 7 May 2024.

The Service at St Paul's Cathedral is the oldest choral festival in the world. Free and open to everyone, it brings together three of the UK’s finest cathedral choirs.

This year we welcome Durham and Rochester cathedral choirs, joining St Paul's cathedral choir. The Most Revd Andrew John, Archbishop of Wales and Bishop of Bangor will give the sermon.

A bird's eye view, taken from the dome of St Paul's Cathedral, of the three combined choirs performing together in a semi-circle formation.

Led by a choirmaster with black hair and glasses, a choir of young people in white robes and green lanyards sing from their songbooks.

Festival Tickets

You can book both the service (free, but requires a ticket) and the dinner (optional, price varies) at the same time.

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If you can't attend, you can still support our work with a donation.

Want to join the historic Stewards of the Festival, or renew for 2024? Apply for or renew Stewardship.


  • Doors open at 4.00pm, entering by the West Doors.
    Please be seated by 4.45pm when the processions start.
  • The service will last approximately an hour.
  • The service is ticketed, which will be required for entry.
  • Photography is not permitted within the Cathedral.
  • Security bag-checking will be in operation. Personal items must be kept with you at all times. There is no cloakroom facility.
    If you have any accessibility needs, please contact us after you have booked to ensure easy access.
  • If you need to cancel, please contact us to release the space.

St Paul's Cathedral Map

The Service includes a majestic procession of the choirs, cathedral clergy, Masters of City Livery companies, Stewards of the Festival and other dignitaries down the central aisle of St Paul’s.

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