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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.”

Photo credit: Making Music

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 )

Next Monday Guy Johnston will be performing Walton’s Cello Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic. The concert, which also features John Ireland’s A London Overture and Vaughn Williams’ Symphony No. 5, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 7:30pm, live from MediaCity UK in Salford. The Cello Concerto, one of Walton’s major works, was composed on the island of Ischia in 1956, and carefully depicts the beautiful surroundings of the composer’s home, overcast towards the end by an introspective and brooding themes, before returning to the scenic depictions from the beginning of the piece.

The concert has sold out, but you can listen to the concert on BBC Radio 3 at 7:30pm on Monday 14th January and online here.

Photo credit: Jack Liebeck

(Written on January 9, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Milos Karadaglic: a guitar lesson from the classical maestro

A latecomer to the classical guitar, Adam Sweeting seeks inspiration from Milos Karadaglic, one of the best players in the world.

Classical Music Magazine

BBCSSO gets permanent leader, after long search, in Laura Samuel

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has appointed Laura Samuel as its new leader.

John Ireland in Chelsea festival runs 21-25 June

The English composer John Ireland lived in Chelsea for more than 50 years and died in a converted windmill in Sussex in June 1962.

Gramophone

The accidental birth of ATMA Classique

Because Johanne Goyette couldn’t make a living on the ondes Martenot.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Khatchaturian prize split between Russian and Japanese

The Japanese violinist Ayako Tanabe shared first prize with the Russian Pavel Milyukov. The grand prix went to another Russian, Fedor Roudine.

BBC Music Magazine

Music increases children’s empathy 

New research suggests importance of playing music together.

The Guardian

Portrait of the artist: Edward Gardner, conductor

In the interview, Edward Gardner points out: ‘Orchestras are going to become more female – boys aren’t learning instruments’.

(Written on June 14, 2012 )