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Selah Christian Music Festival

  • Holy Sepulchre London 8 Holborn Viaduct London, England, EC1A United Kingdom (map)

In its role as the National Musicians Church, Holy Sepulchre London is committed to promoting and developing music that has been written to worship and glorify the God of the Bible. As a centre for Christian music, Holy Sepulchre London plans to promote performances of music written at any time in history by any culture world-wide to worship, glorify or direct people towards God. 

In its inaugural Selah Festival on 2 and 3 November, Holy Sepulchre London is featuring the role of Jazz and its spiritual foundations and connection with people who follow Jesus. Two brilliant groups will be performing. 

Friday 2 November“The Roots of Jazz” ensemble


Roots of Jazz will trace the spiritual history of Jazz through many of the great Jazz standards. 

Saturday 3 November - THE EIGHT WORDS: A jazz suite based on the eight sayings of Jesus in St John’s Passion

featuring TIM BONIFACE (saxophones) 

with PHIL MERRIMAN (piano), ED BABAR (bass), JON ORMSTON (drums),

Jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer Tim Boniface (saxophones) and an explosively talented rhythm section (Phil Merriman, Ed Baber and Jon Ormston) will perform Tim's original instrumental jazz suite, released on CD on to critical acclaim in 2016. 

Deeply effective melodies combine with rich harmonic and rhythmic canvas to offer a piece firmly rooted in the jazz tradition that offers a fresh and inspiring way to consider the texts on which it is based. A must-hear.

“A quartet who play throughout with invention and commitment.” The Jazz Journal

Includes an exquisite hymn of peace…a gorgeous central hymn, akin to a pleading spiritual, briefly and movingly reprised to form a warm, promising and optimistic conclusion. Inspired and reassuring.” The Church Times

Beautifully played and conceived. The Eight Words is the work of a fine composer musician who also happens to be ordained. The work is ambitious, thoughtful and accessible, yes. And it displays a vintage jazz sensibility, yes. But it is also deeply devotional, too, which makes the music all the more disarming and powerful.” Paul Northup, Creative Director, Greenbelt

A wonderfully imaginative work” Very Rev’d Michael Sadgrove, Author

“Ekes out a brilliantly original, reflective space” Rev’d Canon Chris Chivers, Principal, Westcott House, Cambridge