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Over the past few weeks there has been uproar within the classical music world after the National Musicians Church, St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in Holborn, announced it would no longer be taking bookings of a non-religious nature from 2018.

The Church is where Sir Henry Wood, founder of the BBC Proms, is buried. It is also the home to a book of remembrance for musicians and windows commemorating singer Dame Nellie Melba and composer John Ireland. It has been known as the National Musicians Church for more than 70 years and is a prominent concert venue and rehearsal space that has been used by all types of musicians. Assurance had to be provided in 2013, after the appointment of Reverend David Ingall to the church, as many musicians were worried that the new priest would change the ethos of St Sepulchre as it was known. The recent move has therefore proven the need for this worry and has sparked a coming together of influential musicians to try and prevent the ban.

Since the new appointment of Reverend Ingall, the church has become part of the network founded by evangelical church Holy Trinity Brompton. The ‘evangelical group is known for its youth friendly rock-band style of worship’ and hosts the ever popular Alpha courses.  Reverend Ingall has stated in response to the reaction to the new ban; “Our ministry as the National Musicians’ Church continues to be a core part of our church’s identity and vision… While its expression may be changing, that underlying vision remains unchanged.” This, however, hasn’t settled the minds of leading musicians who believe that the “abrupt move was made without consent.”

In response to the ban on secular bookings, Richard Robbins started a petition to try and reverse the decision. He stated that “the church was particularly valued by musicians because of its heritage and for practical reasons.” He is helping to form a committee to “put forward a positive vision of what the Musicians Church actually is and to try and find a way that both music and ministry can co-exist together in a very open way.”

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This has consequently led to more than 50 musicians, including top composers, performers, and directors of music at cathedrals, to write a letter to The Guardian protesting against St. Sepulchre’s plans to ban non-sacred concerts. In the letter they state; “the unique ‘mission’ for St. Sepulchre’s has been to musicians, providing a welcoming space and encouraging them to be involved in running the parish. That its custodies are now willing to abandon this unique national cultural remit is difficult to understand and harder to accept.” Among those who signed the letter were Sir James MacMillan, John Rutter, Suzi Digby, Julian Lloyd Webber and Judith Weir.

Reverend Ingall has stated that “in the coming weeks we will reflect and pray, and consult with members of the musicians’ community about how best to fulfil that ministry moving forward.” The final outcome has not been announced yet, but we can hope that the hard work of Richard Robbins to start the petition and the influential musicians pays off.

Update: Over 7,000 people have signed the petition. Read all updates here.

(Written on August 29, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Telegraph announces its guide to the best classical recordings of 2015, and the Royal College of Music celebrates International Bassoon Day. Also, Pitchfork Media becomes part of Condé Nast Stable and Roy McEwan OBE will step down as Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The Telegraph

The best classical music albums of 2015

The Telegraph’s definitive guide to the best classical recordings of 2015, regularly updated with new reviews by Geoffrey Norris, Rupert Christiansen and Ivan Hewett

BBC Music Magazine

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Royal College of Music celebrates International Bassoon Day

Classical Source

After almost a quarter century, Roy McEwan OBE will step down as Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Summer 2016

Roy McEwan has announced his retirement from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) in Summer 2016 after a remarkable 23 years as Chief Executive.  

BBC

Birmingham Royal Ballet celebrates 25th anniversary

The Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet company packed up their ballet shoes and tutus and moved to Birmingham in 1990.

Classical Source

Kirill Petrenko begins his tenure as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the 2019/2020 season

Kirill Petrenko will take up office as chief conductor and artistic director of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the 2019/2020 season

Classic FM

The Science Museum is an EPIC concert venue: and we heard a piece inspired by Charles Babbage’s computer there

In ‘Objects at an Exhibition’, six pieces of music were performed by Aurora Orchestra next to the exhibits at the Science Museum by which they were inspired

New York Times

Pitchfork Media Becomes Part of Condé Nast Stable

Condé Nast, the publisher that owns magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair, said on Tuesday that it had acquired Pitchfork Media, the company behind the independent music website and quarterly magazine, for an undisclosed sum

Der Tagesspiegel 

Kirill Petrenko tritt sein Amt in Berlin 2019 an

2018 sollte Kirill Petrenko Nachfolger von Sir Simon Rattle werden. Doch er kommt erst ein Jahr später als Chefdirigent nach Berlin. Und der Bayerischen Staatsoper bleibt Petrenko bis 2021 erhalten 

Berliner Zeitung

Jamaikaner Marlon James gewinnt britischen Booker-Preis

Als erster jamaikanischer Schriftsteller hat Marlon James den Man Booker Preis gewonnen. Sein Roman handelt von einem versuchten Attentat auf Bob Marley

Pizzicato

Christian Gerhaher erhält Musikpreis des ‘Heidelberger Frühling’

Der deutsche Bariton Christian Gerhaher erhält den Musikpreis des ‘Heidelberger Frühling’ 2016. Das gleichnamige Musikfestival vergibt die Auszeichnung jährlich im Wechsel an Persönlichkeiten, die sich substanziell und nachhaltig für die Vermittlung von klassischer Musik einsetzen

Classicalite

Steve Mackay, The Stooges Saxophonist,Dies at 66 From Sepsis Complications

Steve Mackay, the distinctive saxophonist best known for his work with the seminal punk outfit The Stooges, has died. It’s been reported that the musician was in critical condition with sepsis. He was 66 years old

Twitter

Sinfini Music A new addition to our piece on weird classical jobs? (++ weird jobs here: )

Classic FM: How posh are you? This music quiz will reveal all:

The Strad: Isabelle Faust on performing and interpreting Bach’s music

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The Telegraph

 

(Written on October 14, 2015 )