Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel

We introduce the Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel Ensemble-in-Residence at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the City of London (also called St Sepulchre’s). The scheme is part of the re-ordering of the music programme at the Musicians’ Church and is one of many new initiatives there which includes Saturday and Monday concerts, choral singing in services, workshops and opportunities for young composers. For more information, click here.


The Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel exists to support and sustain the Musicians’ Chapel and the Book of Remembrance held therein.

The Musicians’ Chapel was established in 1955 in the Church of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, Holborn, in the City of London, which is the National Musicians’ Church, to commemorate deceased British musicians and to house the Musicians’ Book of Remembrance. The Chapel was established around the grave of Sir Henry Wood, C.H., whose ashes had been interred there a decade earlier. Funds to establish the Chapel were raised by Miss Granger Kerr’s “Carnation” Fund, by a recital by Kathleen Ferrier and Gerald Moore and many other donations.

The purpose of the Musicians’ Chapel is to uphold the memory of British musicians and to maintain the Book of Remembrance. New names are inscribed each year into the Book of Remembrance and an annual Service, open to the public, is held when the new names are read out aloud. These and other events, together with collecting and recording of the names, are organised by the Committee of the Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel – a Registered Charity.

Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel pay annual subscriptions for the maintenance of the Chapel and the Book of Remembrance. The Committee assists with the upkeep of the Chapel and maintains the website of the Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel and the on-line Register of musicians inscribed within the Book of Remembrance


Requiem Service 2018

There will be a Requiem in the form of a Eucharist for those musicians whose names are in the Book of Remembrance on Tuesday 6th November 2018 at 6.30 pm. The Choir of St Sepulchre’s, directed by Peter Asprey, will the music of the Requiem by Fauré.

The next Service of Thanksgiving will be on Tuesday 23rd April 2019 at 6.00 pm and be sung by the Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, under the direction of Dr Geoffrey Webber. The preacher will be the Right Reverend Graeme Knowles, CVO.

Service of Thanksgiving 2018

The 2018 Service of Thanksgiving took place on Tuesday 1st May at 6 pm. The Service was sung by the Choir of Royal Holloway, University of London directed by Rupert Gough.  The preacher was the Lord Bishop of Ely, The Right Reverend Stephen Conway.  The Service was be conducted by The Revd David Ingall, Rector of St. Sepulchre’s.

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