Leading British musicians to fight Church’s prohibition of secular bookings

Dozens of the most famous British musicians did not open behind a campaign for the retention of a Central London Church as a major concert hall and rehearsal rooms to its management prohibited “religious setting” of the facilities.

Aled Jones, Julian Lloyd Webber and Judith Weir, the first female master of the Queen’s music, more than 50 signatories urge a letter to a reversal of the ban, saying they can’t understand why the Church is willing to abandon his “unique national cultural responsibilities”.

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St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate in Holborn, in Central London, was known as the National musicians ” Church for more than 70 years. The ashes of Sir Henry Wood, the founder of the Proms, in the North chapel, of the outstanding British musicians.

But this month, Rev David Ingall, who moved to St Sepulchre ‘ s four years ago by the arch-Protestant Holy Trinity Brompton, wrote to the professional and amateur to say musicians and ensembles, you could not make bookings from the end of this year.

The decision led to an outcry among the professional and amateur ensembles, the rent of St sepulchre, the rooms for rehearsals and concerts.

According to the musicians ‘ letter, which was sent to St move Sepulchre’s parochial church council (PCC) and the reigning Bishop of London, Pete Broadbent, the “abrupt … was made without consultation”.

Ingall, priest-in-charge at St sepulchre, wrote to tell tenant this month, the decision to stop the rental of space to the musicians, had not been easy, but “we have to be aware of the challenges, the dedicated with a space to worship for non-religious setting.

“Our Ministry as the National musicians” Church continues to be an integral part of our Church’s identity and vision … While its expression may change, the underlying vision remains unchanged.”

In 2013, the PCC’s concerns about Ingall vocation as a priest-in-charge, ask for written assurance that St Sepulchre’s role as a National musician” of the Church and as a center for traditional music and Liturgy was retained.

Julian Lloyd Webber, who also signed the petition. Photo: Steve Thorne/Redfern’s/Getty

Such an assurance was given by the then Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, and the retired in this year. His successor has not been appointed.

Ingall wrote to all PCC-to say to members at the time: he realized the importance of music in St. Sepulchre’s, and that concerts and samples provided “a welcome income”.

He added: “There will be some re-balancing is to associated with as a few times before concerts and rehearsals for the worship of God and service. I believe, however, that the two flows are, in principle, compatible.”

Ingall was appointed to St. Sepulchre’s, as part of a “church-planting” strategy of the diocese of London, in which a group of believers from the Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) entered into force in St Sepulchre ‘ s existing community.

In his 2013 letter to then-PCC members, Ingall, said: “I will. with a team of people, the Holborn with me from HTB and St George’s, They form the core of a new Church on Sunday … and I very much hope that in the course of time the friendship grows and the integration of these new members and the existing St Sepulchre is the community.”

The Church now houses the Alpha courses is based on the successful Evangelical program that was originally in the HTB, which has been credited with attracting a wave of young, wealthy suitor. The Evangelical churches in favor of contemporary styles of worship, including rock bands, dance, charismatic preachers, and speaking in tongues, which many traditional Anglicans feel abandoned, excluded.

The signatories of the letter, sent on Wednesday, the PCC and Broadbent, include major names from the UK music world as the cellist Steven Isserlis and composer John Rutter, Weir, Howard Goodall and James MacMillan.

They are joined by Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, principal of the Royal Academy of Music, Colin Lawson, Director of the Royal College of Music, and Julian Lloyd Webber, principal of the Birmingham Conservatoire, and Rachel Staunton, the artistic Director of the London Youth Choir.

Andrew man carwood of St Paul’s Cathedral, Scott Farrell, of the Rochester Cathedral, and Peter Wright of Southwark Cathedral are among more than a dozen Directors of music from the churches and Oxbridge colleges, that have signed the letter.

Richard Robbins, a chorister at St Sepulchre’s and the founder of Save the National musicians” Church campaign, said the exclusion of musicians from the National musicians ‘Church’ was the bitterest irony”.

He said: “priests are the guardians of the Church, for which they are responsible, and should feel that the heritage of a Church as a part of their identity, particularly in a municipality such as St. Sepulchre’, where for the burial of the ashes of Sir Henry Wood [1944], has been a place of flourishing musical performance.

“I understand that churches are primarily places of worship. However, it is a historical role to act in the Anglican Church as a community hub; a place for those who believe and those who do not have. Musicians as a part of the regular worship is something you need to want to would welcome the churches, and keep it.”

In a statement, St said Sepulchre, has’: “An increasingly program of worship and Church has led to ever higher demands on the Church room and the rent space is also shared with the Church administration in the office.”

It was “very touched by the concern for the musical life of the Church. We would like to stress once again that we continue to use our service as the National musicians Church. In the coming weeks, we will think and pray and consult with members of the musician community about how best to fulfill that the Ministry move forward.”

More than 5,800 people have to be made with the signing of a petition to reverse the decision.