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Music luminaries protest as National Musicians' Church ceases to be a concert venue Music luminaries protest as National Musicians' Church ceases to be a concert venue
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The Church of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, Holborn, London, UK will no longer take non-religious musical bookings from the end of the year The Church of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, Holborn, London, UK will no longer take non-religious musical bookings from the end of the year
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For more than 70 years, the <a href="http://stsepulchres.org/">Church of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate</a> in Holborn, London, has been known as the National Musicians' Church. Its north chapel commemorates eminent British musicians, with <a href="https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2017/18-august/news/uk/st-sepulchre-s-plan-to-limit-hire-space-upsets-musicians">the ashes of Sir Henry Wood</a> - the founder of the BBC Proms, one of the world's foremost classical music festivals, who learned to play the organ in the church's chapel - laying there (beneath the St Cecilia window). It has, up to now, also acted as an <a href="http://stsepulchres.org/music/concerts/">important concert venue</a> and provided welcome rehearsal space for both amateur and professional musicians.  For <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/23/uks-leading-musicians-fight-church-ban-on-secular-bookings-aled-jones-judith-weir">more than 70 years</a>, the <a href="http://stsepulchres.org/">Church of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate</a> in Holborn, London, has been known as the National Musicians' Church. Its north chapel commemorates eminent British musicians, with <a href="https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2017/18-august/news/uk/st-sepulchre-s-plan-to-limit-hire-space-upsets-musicians">the ashes of Sir Henry Wood</a> - the founder of the BBC Proms, one of the world's foremost classical music festivals, who learned to play the organ in the church's chapel - laying there (beneath the St Cecilia window). It has, up to now, also acted as an <a href="http://stsepulchres.org/music/concerts/">important concert venue</a> and provided welcome rehearsal space for both amateur and professional musicians.
This August, however - <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/23/uks-leading-musicians-fight-church-ban-on-secular-bookings-aled-jones-judith-weir">according to the <em>Guardian</em></a> - Rev David Ingall, the priest-in-charge at St Sepulchre for four years, wrote to various musical ensembles to inform them that they could no longer make bookings from the end of the year onwards, since there would thenceforth be a ban on "non-religious hiring" of the facilities. This August, however - <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/23/uks-leading-musicians-fight-church-ban-on-secular-bookings-aled-jones-judith-weir">according to the <em>Guardian</em></a> - Rev David Ingall, the priest-in-charge at St Sepulchre for four years, wrote to various musical ensembles to inform them that they could no longer make bookings from the end of the year onwards, since there would thenceforth be a ban on "non-religious hiring" of the facilities.
  In an <a href="http://stsepulchres.org/music/hiring/">online statement on its official website</a>, the church confirmed this and stated that "an increasingly busy programme of worship and church activities has led to ever higher demands on the church space, and the hire space is also shared with the church administration office".
This has taken place despite the St Sepulchre parochial church council (PCC) having - back in 2013 - <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/23/uks-leading-musicians-fight-church-ban-on-secular-bookings-aled-jones-judith-weir">raised concerns</a> about the then appointment of Rev Ingall as priest-in-charge and having asked for assurances that the church's role as the National Musicians' Church and as a centre for traditional music and liturgy would be maintained - assurances which were indeed given, at the time, by Richard Chartres, then <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishop_of_London">Bishop of London</a>, who has since retired. This has taken place despite the St Sepulchre parochial church council (PCC) having - back in 2013 - <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/23/uks-leading-musicians-fight-church-ban-on-secular-bookings-aled-jones-judith-weir">raised concerns</a> about the then appointment of Rev Ingall as priest-in-charge and having asked for assurances that the church's role as the National Musicians' Church and as a centre for traditional music and liturgy would be maintained - assurances which were indeed given, at the time, by Richard Chartres, then <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishop_of_London">Bishop of London</a>, who has since retired.
This has led to more than 50 leading figures from the music world signing a <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/aug/23/reverse-this-concert-ban-at-our-musicians-church">letter</a> (sent to the PCC and to the Acting Bishop of London, Pete Broadbent) urging the reversal of this decision. The letter claims that "this move was made without consultation" and that it contradicts the assurances given in 2013. A <a href="https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-musicians-church">petition</a> with the same aim has also been signed by more than 6000 people to date.  This has led to more than 50 leading figures from the music world signing a <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/aug/23/reverse-this-concert-ban-at-our-musicians-church">letter</a> (sent to the PCC and to the Acting Bishop of London, Pete Broadbent) urging the reversal of this decision. The letter claims that "this move was made without consultation" and that it contradicts the assurances given in 2013. A <a href="https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-musicians-church">petition</a> with the same aim has also been signed by more than 7000 people to date.
The church leadership <a href="http://stsepulchres.org/music/hiring/">has since stated, on its official website</a>, that it will "reflect and pray, and consult with members of the musicians’ community about how best to fulfil that ministry [as the National Musicians' Church] moving forward".  The church leadership <a href="http://stsepulchres.org/music/hiring/">has since stated</a> that it will "reflect and pray, and consult with members of the musicians’ community about how best to fulfil that ministry [as the National Musicians' Church] moving forward".
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The Church of St Sepulchre official website (<a href="http://stsepulchres.org">link 1</a> and <a href="http://stsepulchres.org/music/hiring/">link 2</a>), <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishop_of_London">Wikipedia</a>, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/aug/23/reverse-this-concert-ban-at-our-musicians-church">The Guardian (link 1)</a>, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/23/uks-leading-musicians-fight-church-ban-on-secular-bookings-aled-jones-judith-weir">The Guardian (link 2)</a>, <a href="https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2017/18-august/news/uk/musicians-feel-betrayed-as-st-sepulchre-s-ceases-as-a-concert-venue">Church Times (link 1)</a>, <a href="https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2017/25-august/news/uk/music-luminaries-protest-at-st-sepulchre-s-plans-to-end-concerts">Church Times (link 2)</a>, <a href="https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2017/18-august/news/uk/st-sepulchre-s-plan-to-limit-hire-space-upsets-musicians">Church Times (link 3)</a>, <a href="https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-musicians-church">38degrees</a> The Church of St Sepulchre official website (<a href="http://stsepulchres.org">link 1</a> and <a href="http://stsepulchres.org/music/hiring/">link 2</a>), <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishop_of_London">Wikipedia</a>, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/aug/23/reverse-this-concert-ban-at-our-musicians-church">The Guardian (link 1)</a>, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/23/uks-leading-musicians-fight-church-ban-on-secular-bookings-aled-jones-judith-weir">The Guardian (link 2)</a>, <a href="https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2017/18-august/news/uk/musicians-feel-betrayed-as-st-sepulchre-s-ceases-as-a-concert-venue">Church Times (link 1)</a>, <a href="https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2017/25-august/news/uk/music-luminaries-protest-at-st-sepulchre-s-plans-to-end-concerts">Church Times (link 2)</a>, <a href="https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2017/18-august/news/uk/st-sepulchre-s-plan-to-limit-hire-space-upsets-musicians">Church Times (link 3)</a>, <a href="https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-musicians-church">38degrees</a>

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