Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel
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.
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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.
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
Updated in August 2021
Because of the pandemic, the Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel postponed the Service of Thanksgiving, which was due to take place in May 2020, to April 2021. The Committee subsequently decided to postpone the Service again until September 2021. We are now confident that the next Service of Thanksgiving will be held on Wednesday 29th September 2021 at 5.00 pm to which all are invited. The Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel AGM will be at 2.15 pm on that day. Please note change of timings. The Service will be lead by The Reverend Nick Mottershead and the music will be sung by the Choir of Holy Sepulchre, directed by Peter Asprey. The Address will be 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).