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


Upcoming Services

Services of Thanksgiving

There are two services of thanksgiving in 2023.

The first was on Wednesday 17th May, and was sung by a choir from the Royal Academy of Music directed by Patrick Russill. The preacher was The Revd Dr James Hawkey, Canon of Westminster and Chaplain to His Majesty The King.

The second will be on Wednesday 13th September at 5.15 pm , and will be sung by the choir of Holy Sepulchre directed by Peter Asprey. The preacher will be The Revd Nicholas Mottershead, Priest-in-Charge of Holy Sepulchre.

Requiem Eucharist and AGM

The 2023 AGM will take place on Wednesday 8th November at 3.00 pm in the Henry Wood Room at Holy Sepulchre. The Requiem Eucharist, in memory of all musicians whose names are inscribed in the Musicians’ Book of Remembrance, will follow at 5.15 pm when the choir of Holy Sepulchre will be directed by Peter Asprey. The preacher will be The Rt Revd and Rt Hon. Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London.

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