Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel

Our Purpose

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

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.



The Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel are the custodians of the Musicians’ Chapel within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (St Sepulchre’s) in the City of London and of the Musicians’ Book of Remembrance held permanently within the Musicians’ Chapel.

For a minimum annual subscription of only £10.00 you can become a Friend and support the work of the Committee.  Your subscription may be Gift Aided.

To join, click here to download a document which explains the process.



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.

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


Service of Thanksgiving 2021

Updated in August 2021

The Service of Thanksgiving was held on Wednesday 29th September 2021 The Service was lead by The Reverend Nick Mottershead with music from the Choir of Holy Sepulchre, directed by Peter Asprey. The Address was given by The Very Reverend Dr Victor Stock, Dean-Emeritus of Guildford and a former Rector of St Mary-le-Bow.

The annual Requiem Service will be held at Holy Sepulchre, Holborn Viaduct, in memory of all musicians whose names are inscribed in the Musicians’ Book of Remembrance on Wednesday 3rd November 2021 at 5.00pm (please note date change).

The Service of Thanksgiving in 2022 will be held on Wednesday 18th May 2022 at 5.00 pm, when music will be provided by the Chamber Choir of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire directed by Paul Spicer. The Address will be given by The Reverend Canon Adrian Daffern, FRCO, Vicar of the University Church of Great St Mary’s, Cambridge. The newly-inscribed Names which the Chairman shall read will be from 2021 and 2022.

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