Paul Steinitz commemorated in Book of Remembrance at Musicians Chapel


LBS Founder Paul Steinitz inscribed in the Book of Remembrance

LBS founder-conductor Paul Steinitz was among this year’s distinguished musicians to be honoured in the Book of Remembrance that has been created and maintained since 1957 by the Friends of the Musicians Chapel, St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, in the City of London. It is an historic document and bears a stellar list of musicians who have made substantial contributions to the musical life of the country.

The annual Service of Thanksgiving for those newly inscribed took place Tuesday 2nd May 2017 at 6.00pm and sung by the Choir of the Royal Academy of Music directed by Patrick Russill. The preacher was The Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall.   Among those inscribed were some closely associated with Paul and the London Bach Society -  singers John Shirley-Quirk and Alfreda Hodgson, composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, cellist and founder-member of Steinitz Bach Players Jennifer Ward Clarke and the founder of the English Bach Festival Lina Lalandi-Emery.

The simple inscription is a very fitting tribute to Dr Steinitz (1909-1988) who not only founded the London Bach Society and Steinitz Bach Players, but also served as Director of Music at St Bartholomew-the-Great, West Smithfield (1949-1961) where his public memorial is to be found in the historic Cloister. St Bartholomew-the-Great is just around the corner from the Musicians Chapel. The inscription is “Paul Steinitz, conductor, Scholar”

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