About Chapel

The chapel was built in 1908; information about the building and its history can be read on the chapel's history page. The chapel is always open for members of the college community to come in, sit quietly and pray. The chapel is a Church of England place of worship, and is a welcoming place to people of all faiths and none. See the list of University chaplains who serve different faith traditions.

During term, the college Chaplain, the Reverend Mia Smith, organises the weekly round of services and guest preachers and speakers (details of services and preachers can be found on the term's chapel card). This is done in conjunction with the chapel team of organ scholars, chapelwardens and assistant chaplains.

Every Sunday evening in term, the choir sings the traditional service of Choral Evensong with a thought-provoking sermon, before we go up for formal hall. On Tuesday nights, we sing Compline by candlelight: a short, quiet service of unaccompanied Gregorian chant. On Wednesday evenings, the Chaplain celebrates a Sung Eucharist with a short homily, followed by a free dinner in the Old Hall.

The chapel is at the heart of the vibrant musical life of Hertford College: the choir rehearses here and sings at services, there are Wednesday-lunchtime recitals in term, and the college orchestra performs here regularly. The perfect mixture of carved wood, stone and marble lends the chapel a wonderful acoustic in which many of our musicians practise regularly. Members of the college can view chapel bookings on the online calendar.

The chapel is the place where many of the life events of college members are observed: where adults and children are baptized or confirmed, where couples are married, and where the end of life is honoured with a funeral or a memorial.