The Temple Music Foundation was founded in 2002. The Foundation’s first and immediate task was to raise the substantial funds required for the realisation of The Veil of the Temple by Sir John Tavener, which the Temple Church had commissioned. This extraordinary work, an all-night vigil, was performed without pause between dusk and dawn, from 10.30pm to 5.30 am. The performance by the Temple Church Choir, augmented by the Holsts Singers, involved over 150 performers. It was also relayed live both in sound and vision, to an audience of 750 in Inner Temple Gardens. It was regarded as a critical triumph and a significant new spiritual work for people of all faiths or of none.
Subsequent to the achievement of world premiere performances in the summer of 2003 in the Temple, the Choir performed The Veil of the Temple in New York in 2004 at the Lincoln Center Festival, and also in shorter form at the Choir’s debut performance at the BBC Proms.
Temple Music continues to develop year on year its increasingly established and acclaimed programme of choral and chamber concerts, song recital, organ recitals, and occasional staged performances of dramatic works and operas.
The Foundation was established to support and promote music in the Temple and to contribute resources when possible towards the education of the Temple Church’s choristers.
The Temple Music Foundation is a registered charity No. 1095141, and company No. 459441
Sir Richard Aikens
Board of Directors
Guy Beringer QC (Chairman)
Sir Christopher Clarke
Philip Havers QC
Rosamund Horwood-Smart QC
Michael McLaren QC
Martin Spencer QC
Daniel Toledano QC
Robert Venables QC
David Bartlett (Secretary)
Members of the Company
The Master Treasurers for the time being of the Honourable Societies of Inner and Middle Temple.
Carol Butler Executive Producer
Penny Jonas Development Manager
Lucy Mackay-Buller Events and Marketing Manager