The Revd Canon Thomas Woodhouse was appointed Chaplain of The King’s Chapel of the Savoy, Chaplain of the Royal Victorian Order and a Deputy Priest-in-Ordinary on the 1 October 2019. Subsequently he was installed as a Canon of the Chapels Royal. Thomas has pastoral responsibility for the Chapel’s worshipping community and, with the Steward and Master of the Music, oversees the day-to-day business of the chapel. The King’s Chapel is the spiritual home of the Duchy of Lancaster and Thomas works closely with the staff of the Duchy to support their duties. The King’s Chapel is the Chapel of the Royal Victorian Order and Thomas officiates at weddings, baptisms, memorial services, and other commemorations for members of the Order. As a Canon of the Chapels Royal and Deputy Priest-in-Ordinary to the King, Thomas supports the ministry of the Dean and Sub-Dean of the Chapels Royal and is one of the team of priests that fulfils duties within the Royal Household.
The Master of the Music
Philip Berg has been Master of the Music at The King’s Chapel of the Savoy since 1995, and has conducted the choir for many Royal Visits. He has performed the complete works of Bach, and much else besides, in a yearly series of recitals at the Chapel since 1995. He has performed at many other venues, including the cathedrals of Inverness, Worcester, St Paul’s and Westminster Abbey, and has been heard as accompanist on BBC radio. He has composed and arranged several pieces for the choir, including the recent ‘Coronation’ Te Deum. Philip was appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in 2014.
The Sub Organist
Justin Luke has been Sub-Organist at The King’s Chapel of the Savoy since 2002, prior to which he was Organ Scholar of Westminster Abbey, All Saints’ Margaret Street and Rochester Cathedral. He studied at Wells Cathedral School and The Royal College of Music and his teachers have included Peter King, Rupert Gough and Margaret Phillips on Organ and Fali Pavri on Piano. Justin is a prize winning Associate of the Royal College of Organists and his playing has been heard on numerous occasions as live or recorded broadcasts on BBC radio. He has appeared as a soloist or accompanist in many venues throughout the UK, Europe and the United States.