We have decided to postpone the Service of Thanksgiving arranged for Tuesday 19 May due to the ongoing Covid-19 emergency.
Check back here for more information on the rescheduled service.
POSPONED: Auditions for the Ensemble in Residence have been postponed. More details will be posted here once they are available.
We introduce for the third year the Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel Ensemble-in-Residence scheme at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the City of London (also called St Sepulchre’s), following the excellent residency of the Halcyon Quartet during these past two years, and ask for applications. The scheme is part of the re-ordering of the music programme at the Musicians’ Church and is one of many new initiatives.
The Ensemble-in-Residence scheme is intended for chamber music groups who see a mid to long term future as an ensemble and is ideal for those who are about to leave, or have just left, a conservatoire. There will be opportunities for the group to rehearse and to give recitals in the Church and, on occasion, work with the Choir. There is a small sum of funds, provided by the Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel, to help the group with their travel and other expenses. The group will be encouraged to feel very much part of the Church’s life and mission and to use the opportunity to enhance their reputation as musicians of the highest calibre.
There the deadline for applications is Monday 20 April 2020 and up to four ensembles will be auditioned. The period of residency each year would be from September 2020 to August 2021.
We very much hope that appropriate ensembles will wish to apply. The application form can be found below. The references from conservatoire leaders will be a crucial part of the selection process and the format for these can be found below. The deadline for the reception of the references is Friday 24 April 2020.
The Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel are custodians of the Musicians’ Chapel within the Church and the Musicians’ Book of Remembrance. The next Service of Thanksgiving for those whose names are in the Book is Tuesday 19 May 2020 at 6.00 pm and the next Requiem Eucharist is on Tuesday 3 November 2020 at 6.30 pm.
The audition date is Wednesday 6 May 2020 in the morning.
ANDREW MORRIS Chairman, Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel
DAVID INGALL Rector, Church of the Holy Sepulchre
The 2019 Service of Thanksgiving was on Tuesday 23rd April 2019 at 6.00 pm at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
The service was conducted by the Rector, The Reverend David Ingall and the preacher was The Right Reverend Graeme Knowles, CVO, the former Dean of St Paul’s. The Precentor was The Reverend Peter
The music was a Queen Anne Evensong of the early 1700s, sung by the choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, under the direction of Dr Geoffrey Webber.
The following people were remembered through inscription in the Book of Remembrance in 2018:
|Averil Carmalt||Violinist, Teacher||1934-2017|
|Harry Cawood||Violinist, Teacher||1942-2017|
|Melanie Daiken||Composer, Teacher||1945-2016|
|Mike Harries||Trombonist, Bandleader||1932-2018|
|Alan Haven||Jazz Organist||1935-2016|
|Gordon Langford||Composer, Pianist||1930-2017|
|Robert Meikle||Teacher, Conductor||1936-2017|
|Anthony Milledge||Organist, Conductor||1943-2017|
|Antony Miller||Oboist, Teacher||1926-2017|
|Lena Phillips||Singing Teacher||1944-2015|
|Fergus Read||Jazz Teacher||1965-2006|
|Reg Reid||Trombonist, Lecturer||1937-2017|
|Eva Stewart||Piccolo, Flautist||1971-2017|
|Jasper Thorogood||Director of Music||1943-2016|
|Peter Uppard||Pianist, Composer||1944-2017|
|Peter Ward||Pianist, Violist||1922-2017|
|David Wulstan||Choirmaster, Scholar||1937-2017|
The following people were remembered through inscription in the Book of Remembrance this year:
|Guy Bennett||Trombonist, Conductor||1958-2016|
|Rosie Cracknell||Singer, Songwriter||1953-2015|
|Paul Anthony Davis||Conductor, Pianist||1938-2016|
|Michael Hill||Pianist, Administrator||1945-2016|
|Sydney (Bill) Jackson||Trumpeter, Teacher||1929-2015|
|Michael James||Organist, Conductor||1951-1981|
|Helen Just||Chamber Musician||1903-1989|
|Lawrence (Laurie) Lewis||Violinist||1931-2016|
|Pamela Majaro||Chamber Musician||1932-2016|
|Noel Mander||Organ builder||1912-2005|
|Neville Marriner||Violinist, Conductor||1924-2016|
|Peter Maxwell Davies||Composer||1934-2016|
|John Milton-Tayler||Drummer, Teacher||1934-2016|
|William R.H. Petter||Tenor||1982-2016|
|Martin Pickering||Tenor, Conductor||1955-2016|
|Norman Platt||Founder Kent Opera||1920-2004|
|Richard Popplewell||Organist, Choirmaster||1935-2016|
|Brian Sharp||Organist, Pianist||1937-2016|
|John Shirley-Quirk||Bass Baritone||1931-2016|
|Peter Melville Smith||Piano Teacher||1943-2016|
|Shelley Stannus Gunning||Cellist||1937-2016|
|Paul Steinitz||Conductor, Scholar||1909-1988|
|Jennifer Ward Clarke||Cellist||1935-2015|
|Robin Wells||Organist, Conductor||1943-2016|
|Hazel Wood||Mezzo soprano||1936-2016|
This year’s Annual Service of Thanksgiving in memory of those newly inscribed into the Book of Remembrance in the Musicians’ Chapel took place on Tuesday 2nd May 2017 at 6.00 pm and was sung by the Choir of the Royal Academy of Music directed by Patrick Russill. The preacher was The Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall. Dr Hall has kindly made a transcript of his address available; to download please click here.
The following names were inscribed in the Book of Remembrance this year:
|Nicholas Busch||Principal Horn||1939–2013|
|Alfred Clow||Woodwind Teacher||1938–2014|
|Denys Darlow||Conductor, Organist||1921–2015|
|Sister André Dullaghan||Singing Teacher||1937–2015|
|Bryan Fairfax||Conductor, Violinist||1925–2014|
|Wilfred Gibson||Violinist, Composer||1942–2014|
|Sydney Humphreys||Violinist, Teacher||1926–2015|
|Derek James||Principal Trombone||1929–2014|
|Howard Parkhouse||Organist, Conductor||1946–2015|
|Michael Procter||Choral Director||1951–2012|
|John Railton||Choral Director||1929–2013|
|Howard Rees||Composer, Teacher||1945–2011|
|Christopher Regan||Organist, Administrator||1929–2015|
|Barbara Robotham||Mezzo Soprano||1936–2013|
|Richard N. Scarth||Organist, Scholar||1930–2014|
|William E. Webber||Organist||1895–1961|
|David Willcocks||Choral Musician||1919–2015|
Catherine Bott has kindly given us a copy of her address from the 2015 Musicians’ Memorial Service. You can download a copy here
While cleaning out the vestry at St Sepulchre after the latest round of improvement works, we discovered a 16mm film of the dedication of the Musicians’ Chapel. We have had it transferred to digital, and you can now view it on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUoOStVMsNE