The Musicians’ Chapel


On the north side of the Church is a beautiful Chapel dedicated to musicians.  Many musicians are remembered in the Chapel through the stained glass windows and Musicians’ Book of Remembrance.

The Chapel is supported by the Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel, who look after the Musicians’ Book of Remembrance, organise an annual Service of Thanksgiving and help to maintain the Chapel.

History of the Chapel

The Chapel was formerly called St. Stephen Harding’s Chapel and has a window, designed and presented by Archibald Nicholson in 1932, dedicated to St. Stephen Harding. It was here, in St. Stephen Harding’s Chapel, that young Henry Wood learnt to play the organ. At the age of fourteen he was appointed Assistant Organist. He went on to found the famous Promenade Concerts which he conducted for 50 years and which still run in London every summer. When Sir Henry died in 1944 it was to the Musicians’ Chapel that his ashes were brought. They now lie beneath the central St. Cecilia window. In this window Henry Wood is shown as a young boy at the organ and as the mature Sir Henry conducting a Promenade Concert at the Queen’s Hall. In the Musicians’ Chapel there are also fine modern windows by Brian Thomas depicting the renowned singer Dame Nellie Melba, the composer John Ireland and above the altar the ‘Magnificat’ window in memory of Walter Carroll.

In the north wall of the sanctuary are what may be the remains of an Easter Sepulchre. The most notable person known to have been buried in this chapel was Roger Ascham, the beloved tutor of Queen Elizabeth I who died in 1568.

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