Service of Thanksgiving 2020 Inscriptions

Posted on July 25, 2020

We have decided to postpone the Service of Thanksgiving arranged for Tuesday 19 May due to the ongoing Covid-19 emergency.

Names to be inscribed and commemorated at the next Service of Thanksgiving in due course are listed below.

Name Occupation Year of Death
William Alwyn Composer 1985
Marjorie Avis Soprano 2000
Lawrence Barnes Piano Tuner 2003
Lynton Black Bass Baritone 2019
Dian Booth Violinist 2020
Paula Bott Soprano – Opera 2019
Lucy Carolan Harpsichordist 2015
Doreen Carwithen Composer 2003
Stephen Cleobury Conductor, Organist 2019
Ian Copley Composer, Author 1988
Esther Cooper Violinist, Violist 2015
Stefan de Haan Bassoonist, Composer 2010
John Edney Trombonist 2019
Margery Elliott Flautist 2019
Gerald English Tenor 2019
Alastair (Al) Fletcher Drummer 2016
John Fletcher Tuba Player 1987
Matthew Fowler Keyboards Player 2018
Peter Fowler Singer, Conductor 2019
Jack Goddard Saxophonist, Arranger 1989
Anthony Goldstone Pianist 2017
Eric Heap Trumpet Player 2018
Reginald (Reg) Howell Organist, Choirmaster 1988
Peter Hurford Organist, Composer 2019
Michael Keyte Pianist, Teacher 2018
Oliver Knussen Composer, Conductor 2018
Stuart Knussen Double Bassist 1990
Nona Liddell Violinist 2017
Francisco Xavier Lobo Army Bandmaster 1930
Danny Longstaff Trombonist 2015
Peter Macdonald Conductor, Organist 2017
Brian Mack Violist 2019
Helen MacLeod Harpist 2018
Benjamin W. Odom Baritone, Conductor 2019
Glyndwr Parfitt Violist, Teacher 2019
Noel Rawsthorne Organist, Composer 2019
Peter Stevens Violinist, Violist 2018
Roderick Swanston Lecturer, Organist 2018
Alan Taylor Teacher, Composer 2018
Geoffrey Thomas Cellist 2018
Anthony (Tony) Tunstall Hom Player 2018
John Walker Organist 2019
John Whitfield Bassoonist, Arranger 2019
David Wright Pianist, Organist 2004

POSTPONED: Apply to be the next FMC Ensemble in Residence

Posted on February 2, 2020

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

Service of Thanksgiving 2019

Posted on December 9, 2018

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.

2018 Inscriptions

Posted on May 26, 2018

The following people were remembered through inscription in the Book of Remembrance in 2018:

Name Profession Birth-Death
David Angel Violinist 1954-2017
Derek Bourgeois Composer 1941-2017
Constance Boyle Pianist 1929-2017
Averil Carmalt Violinist, Teacher 1934-2017
Patricia Carroll Pianist 1932-2017
Harry Cawood Violinist, Teacher 1942-2017
Audrey Chapman Pianist 1922-2013
Arnold Cooke Composer 1906-2005
Melanie Daiken Composer, Teacher 1945-2016
James Dalton Organist 1930-2017
Dorothy Dorow Soprano 1930-2017
Peter Hall Tenor 1940-2017
Mike Harries Trombonist, Bandleader 1932-2018
Alan Haven Jazz Organist 1935-2016
Antoinette Kirkwood Composer 1930-2014
Gordon Langford Composer, Pianist 1930-2017
Pauline Mara Flautist 1948-2010
Robert Meikle Teacher, Conductor 1936-2017
Anthony Milledge Organist, Conductor 1943-2017
Antony Miller Oboist, Teacher 1926-2017
James Patten Composer 1936-2015
Lena Phillips Singing Teacher 1944-2015
Fergus Read Jazz Teacher 1965-2006
Reg Reid Trombonist, Lecturer 1937-2017
John Stenhouse Clarinettist 1942-2016
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
Gwyn Williams Violist 1937-2015
Michael Winfield Oboist 1930-2017
David Wulstan Choirmaster, Scholar 1937-2017

2017 Inscriptions

Posted on May 13, 2017

The following people were remembered through inscription in the Book of Remembrance this year:

Name Profession Birth-Death
Oliver Bannister Flautist 1926-2014
Guy Bennett Trombonist, Conductor 1958-2016
Neil Black Oboist 1932-2016
Paul Blissett Pianist 1938-2016
Rosie Cracknell Singer, Songwriter 1953-2015
Paul Anthony Davis Conductor, Pianist 1938-2016
Barry Draycott Organist 1934-2016
Rosemary Dunn Violist 1938-2016
David Gedge Organist 1968-2016
Alasdair Graham Pianist 1934-2016
Clifford Hewis Organist 1910-1989
Michael Hill Pianist, Administrator 1945-2016
Alfreda Hodgson Contralto 1940-1992
Christine Jackson Cellist 1962-2016
Sydney (Bill) Jackson Trumpeter, Teacher 1929-2015
Michael James Organist, Conductor 1951-1981
Peter James Conductor 1940-2016
David Johnston Tenor 1931-2016
Helen Just Chamber Musician 1903-1989
Lina Lalandi-Emery Harpsichordist 1920-2012
Tim Lawrence Tenor 1988-2015
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
Karen O’Connor Oboist 1956-2016
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
Jean Price Harpist 1950-2016
Joyce Rathbone Pianist 1929-2010
Paul Robertson Violinist 1952-2016
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
Guy Woolfenden Composer 1937-2016

Service of Thanksgiving 2017

Posted on February 1, 2017

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.

2016 Inscriptions

Posted on May 1, 2016

The following names were inscribed in the Book of Remembrance this year:

Name Profession Birth–Death
Pauline Brockless Soprano 1929–2015
Nicholas Busch Principal Horn 1939–2013
Alfred Clow Woodwind Teacher 1938–2014
Eugéne Collins Pianist 1927–2015
Denys Darlow Conductor, Organist 1921–2015
Sister André Dullaghan Singing Teacher 1937–2015
Bryan Fairfax Conductor, Violinist 1925–2014
Rod Franks Trumpeter 1956–2014
Wilfred Gibson Violinist, Composer 1942–2014
Sydney Humphreys Violinist, Teacher 1926–2015
Kay Hurwitz Violist 1920–2014
Derek James Principal Trombone 1929–2014
Richard Lewis Tenor 1914–1990
John McCabe Composer 1939–2015
Sybil Michelow Contralto 1925–2013
David Nevens Composer 1945–2015
Howard Parkhouse Organist, Conductor 1946–2015
Alison Pottinger Pianist 1930–2015
Michael Procter Choral Director 1951–2012
John Railton Choral Director 1929–2013
Michael Rayner Baritone 1932–2015
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
John Scott Organist 1956–2015
Frank Shipway Conductor 1935–2014
Christopher Tambling Composer 1964–2015
William E. Webber Organist 1895–1961
David Willcocks Choral Musician 1919–2015

Catherine Bott’s Address

Posted on May 18, 2015

Catherine Bott has kindly given us a copy of her address from the 2015 Musicians’ Memorial Service.  You can download a copy here

Musicians’ Chapel Dedication on Film

Posted on May 12, 2012

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: