Part of our vision as ‘the Musicians’ Church’ is to be a place where “excellence in music is used to the glory of God.” One element of that is concerts hosted at Holy Sepulchre with a variety of different outside groups taking part – do come along and join us…or get in touch if you are interested in performing.
We have a series of classical concerts running on the third Saturday of every month, with different groups performing each month. For details of upcoming concerts see our events page, and if you are part of a group that would like to perform in a future concert, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Music in Worship concerts with reflections
We have occasional concerts exploring the importance and beauty of music in worship. Previous concerts have been around 60-90 minutes long, roughly three quarters of which was music, with reflections on the music and worship alongside them. You can find transcripts of these talks (with links to the music performed) on our resources page (link).
In November 2018, over the course of two evenings, we hosted our inaugural Selah Christian music festival, focussing this year on jazz worship. We hope to have another Selah festival next autumn, watch this space for details.
On the first evening we had “The Roots of Jazz” ensemble featuring Jon Heering, Sarah Ellen Hughes, Andre 'Saxman' Brown, Melvin Reeves, Phil wain, and J Fashole- Luke tracing the spiritual history of Jazz through many of the great Jazz standards.
On the second evening we had ‘The Eight Words’ A jazz suite based on the eight sayings of Jesus in St John’s Passion. Jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer Tim Boniface (saxophones) and an explosively talented rhythm section (Phil Merriman, Ed Baber and Jon Ormston) performed Tim's original instrumental jazz suite, released on CD on to critical acclaim in 2016.
From time to time we do also have other one-off concerts – for details of any upcoming concerts, see our events page
In September 2018 we launched a new instrumental residency in partnership with the Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel. Our inaugural ensemble in residence are The Halcyon Quartet. As part of the residency the quartet perform a monthly lunchtime recital, join with our choir at special services and regularly rehearse at Holy Sepulchre.
The Halcyon Quartet was formed at the Royal Academy of Music in 2012 and is “one of the most talented quartets to come out of the Academy in recent years” according to Professor David Strange. The Quartet made their BBC Radio 3 debut in 2015 and they have since won many prizes. Among their many engagements in 2018 they will be performing at the Wigmore Hall with the Nash Ensemble. The members of the quartet are Claudia Fuller, 1st violin; Leidy Sinclair, 2nd violin; Nathalie Green-Buckley, viola; Hee Yeon Cho, cello. You can find out more about the quartet on their website here
The residency is designed to give an ensemble of the highest calibre the opportunity to perform, record and rehearse in this City of London church throughout the year. The 2018/19 residency is the first of these opportunities. The scheme is supported by the Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel, the custodians of the Musicians’ Chapel and the Musicians’ Book of Remembrance.
For details of how to apply for the residency, please contact email@example.com
Guest choirs at Evensong
Services are the core of our musical life as a church, and while our worship is usually led by our won choir or contemporary worship band, there are opportunities for guest choirs to sing at Evensong out of ‘term time’ in the spring and summer. If you are part of a choir who would be interested in doing so, contact firstname.lastname@example.org