The present Chaplain is The Revd Canon Professor Peter Galloway OBE, who was appointed to the office by The Queen in February 2008. A Londoner by birth, his family have lived in London since 1788. He read history at Goldsmiths College, London, and did postgraduate research at King’s College, London. He was awarded a PhD in 1987 for a thesis on the nineteenth century Frederick Oakeley (principally remembered today as the translator of Adeste fideles into O come all ye faithful). After ordination he was curate of St John’s Wood (1983-86) and St Giles-in-the-Fields (1986-90). During that time he also taught religious education at Arnold House School, and was chaplain of the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth, St John’s Wood and of Moorfields Eye Hospital in Holborn. He was then vicar of Emmanuel Church, West Hampstead (1990-2008) and Area Dean of North Camden (2002-07), and was chairman of the governors of Emmanuel School, West Hampstead.
In his spare time he is also provost of The Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor, registrar of the Order of St John (and was formerly deputy director-general of St John Ambulance), a Justice of the Peace since 1989, and chairman of the governors of St Olave’s School, Orpington. He served for several years as a member of the councils of both the University of London, Goldsmiths College and Heythrop College. He is Visiting Professor in Politics and History at Brunel University. He enjoys writing in his spare time and his publications include The Order of St Patrick (1983), Good and Faithful Servants (1988), The Order of the British Empire (1996), The Cathedrals of Ireland (1992), Royal Service (1996), The Most Illustrious Order (1999), The Cathedrals of Scotland (1999), The Order of St Michael and St George (2000), Companions of Honour (2002), The Order of the Bath (2006), The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy (2009), The Order of the Thistle (2009), Exalted, Eminent and Imperial: Honours of the British Raj (2014) and The Royal Victorian Order (2016).
He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He was appointed OBE in 1996, and awarded the degree of DLitt (Doctor of Letters from Brunel University in 2009.
Thomas Leyland, a retired Squadron Leader, was appointed Steward of the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy on 1 March 2012. Since leaving the RAF in April 2009, Thomas had been the Administrator for the Parish of Boston in Lincolnshire, which has 3 churches, including the biggest in England; St Botolph’s (widely known as Boston Stump). During his 38 years in the RAF, in addition to time spent in the UK, Thomas had been posted to Germany (9 years) and with NATO in Brussels (3 years). He had also spent shorter periods on detached service from the arctic of Northern Norway to Singapore and the USA; his final posting was with the Typhoon Force at RAF Coningsby. Thomas has been married to Pam for just over 40 years. They live in an apartment in Westminster during the week, but travel to their own home in Lincolnshire at weekends (Friday and Saturday). They have one adult married son and 3 grandchildren (Eve 11, Peter 9, and Elsa 3).
The Master of the Music
Philip Berg has been Master of the Music at The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy since 1995, and has conducted the choir for many Royal Visits, including a recent special service to commemorate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. He was appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in 2014. He has given a yearly Bach Recital at the Chapel since 1995, and is near completion of a long-term project to perform Bach’s complete organ works. He has performed at many other venues, most recently at the cathedrals of Inverness, Worcester and St Giles, Edinburgh, and has been heard as accompanist on BBC radio. He is Director of Music at St Paul’s Preparatory School (Colet Court), where he has taught for over 25 years. He was appointed MVO in 2014.
The Sub Organist
Justin Luke has been Assistant Organist at The Queen’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.