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


Arrangements for 2022

Service of Thanksgiving

The Service of Thanksgiving in 2022 was held on Wednesday 18th May 2022 at 5.00 pm, with music provided by the Chamber Choir of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire directed by Paul Spicer. The Address was given by The Reverend Canon Adrian Daffern, FRCO, Vicar of the University Church of Great St Mary’s, Cambridge. A copy of the address can be found here.

Choral Requiem Eucharist

A Choral Requiem Eucharist in remembrance of all departed musicians will take place at the National Musicians’ Church, Holy Sepulchre on Wednesday 2 November 2022 at 5.00pm. The choir of Holy Sepulchre will be directed by Peter Asprey.

Service of Thanksgiving 2023

The next Service of Thanksgiving will be on Wednesday 17th May 2023 at 5.00 pm. The service will be sung by a choir from the Royal Academy of Music directed by Patrick Russill.

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