Compassion UK Concert, 18th April


On Thursday 18th April 2024, 7pm at The Church of the Holy Innocents, Hammersmith, Compassion UK presents a concert of exquisite, new sacred music for voice, piano & violin.

In this special collaboration, three top UK musicians join forces to present music from Rachel Chaplin’s new album Music from an Inner Space. Described by BBC radio 3’s Hannah French as ‘beautiful and powerful songs, better than any medicine’.

Rachel (piano) will be joined by singer Joanna Forbes L’Estrange, an international soloist and former member of the five-time Grammy® award-winning vocal group The Swingle Singers, and Kathryn Parry violinist with the London Handel Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.  This is a concert not to be missed!

After the performance, over cheese and wine, I will be interviewing Ronnie Mulema, a graduate from the Compassion programme, who will share how support from his local church empowered him to overcome poverty and move towards a brighter future.

Tickets are £10 in advance; for catering purposes please book on here.

Listen to Rachel’s music here:

ALBUM | Mysite (

Find out more about the work of Compassion here:

Compassion UK | Releasing Children From Poverty In Jesus’ Name

Donations to West London Action for Children (WLAC) and UNICEF can be made HERE



And music for the combined forces and voice




Also featuring Benjie del Rosario – Tenor

FRIDAY 2nd FEBRUARY 2024 at 7.30 pm

Supported by and held at




Donations to West London Action for Children (WLAC) and UNICEF can be made HERE

All enquiries:



Concert tickets booking link:









As the Easter season leads in to the Platinum Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth, we warmly invite you to join us at the following special events and services.

Sunday, May 8, 2022 10:10
The Parish Eucharist Easter IV – A Service for Peace
Followed by a Community Bring-and-Share Lunch to celebrate the Commonwealth of Nations and the Anglican Communion

Thursday, May 26, 2022 19:30
The Feast of the Ascension
Taverner Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas
Mundy Vox Patris celestis
Il Suono, Christian Goursaud dir.
Followed by a drinks reception

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 19:00
Massacre of The Innocents
This late-1980s BBC Documentary tells the story of the controversial conversion of our church building
Don’t Forget: The Holy Innocents’ Revue
Nigel Walters’ fixed point-of-view film of Sally Munton’s Revue, staged for our 125th anniversary in March 2016

Sunday, June 5, 2022 10:10
Parish Eucharist for the Feast of Pentecost (Whitsun)
Followed by a drinks reception

Sunday, June 12, 2022 10:10
Parish Eucharist for the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 19:30
A Service of Remembrance on the 5th Anniversary of the Grenfell Tower Fire



    UNICEF concert postponed until

4 February 2022

12 December 2021

at 16:00






A programme of seasonal vocal music solo to 5 part, Medieval to Modern with carols old and new including music by Lassus, Eccard, Praetorius, Foster, Macmillan, and Harper.
Traditional pieces and Spirituals.





Interval refreshments available.
Tickets £10 (under 16s free) via link below
or available on the door.
Proceeds to West London Action for Children



The Gustav Holst Ensemble plays


Mozart Piano Quartet K.478 & Beethoven Piano Quartet OP.16


The Gustav Holst Ensemble is thrilled to be performing Mozart’s piano quartet in G minor K.478 and Beethoven’s piano quartet in E flat major Opus 16 at The Church of the Holy Innocents, Hammersmith. The concert will also be streamed LIVE ONLINE on the day of the performance.


Sunday 14th November 2021 at 4.00 pm


            Tickets in advance available here 






             Chiswick Baroque





           Sunday 25 July at 4 pm


A programme of 5 part vocal music Medieval to Modern including music by : 

Monteverdi, Weelkes, Wilbye, Josquin and Maxwell Davies

Folk and spirituals and a preview of 3 pieces from Celia Harper’s new “Requiem for 100,000 Souls.”

Tickets £10 from

or on the door, under 16 free

Proceeds to The Upper Room



Piano Recital





Works by Buxtehude, Mozart, Schumann, Brahms and Poulenc

Saturday, 10th July

at 7.30pm

Tickets via:



The Gustav Holst Ensemble plays Mozart Divertimento K.V.563

Sunday 23rd May, 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm

The Gustav Holst Ensemble is thrilled to be performing Mozart’s Divertimento in E flat major K.V.563, live, in its debut concert in West London, to raise funds for the Mayhew, an animal welfare charity, and to mark the lifting of COVID restrictions on live performance, by celebrating music-making in the local community.

Full details, including how to book tickets can be found here 

Please note, general admission tickets to attend the concert in person in the church have now sold out and a wait list is now in operation.  There are still tickets available for people who would like to view the concert online.

Vigil with Music on The Feast of St Joseph, 19th March 2021 7.30pm

As we recall the turbulent history of Our Lord’s childhood and the Holy Family’s Flight into Egypt we pray for the dispossessed, refugees, asylum seekers and strangers in a strange land; we remember those who live with the threat of ecological disaster, famine and violence and we pray for all who place themselves in harm’s way to minister to others. Music will be provided by Loulla Gormon, members of South West Brass, the Clariphonics and friends and will include:

Allegro – 1st movement from Concerto in Do Maggiore for Two Trumpets and Keyboard by A. Vivaldi
Minuetto for 2 solo trumpets by A. Corelli
Larghetto from Trio Sonata no.3 by G. F. Handel- arranged for 2 trumpets and keyboard continuo

To mark the anniversary of the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the UK, this is the first of two special services of prayer and music. There will be a retiring collection in aid of UNICEF.



Chiswick Baroque event – Sunday 13th December, 4.00 pm

Chiswick Baroque presents a programme celebrating Advent and Christmas. 5 voices a cappella sing sacred music by Monteverdi, Arcadelt, Schein, Grieg, Maxwell Davies and Harper with carols old and new, seasonal chants and lullabies.

Sung by
Ros Keating soprano
Gillian Pillans soprano
Shelley Smith alto
Jean-Paul Sinclair tenor
Oliver Hinton bass
directed by Celia Harper

Tickets £10 per person (under 16s free) – proceeds in aid of West London Action for Children. 

Click here for tickets – please note for Covid security reasons, track and trace will be in operation and you will be asked to enter your contact details on the form.  These details will not be used for any other purpose.

Memorial to an Exceptional Year

On any view it’s been an exceptional year so far, with the first half of 2020 now behind us and the second half looking to be just as remarkable, as we face the new challenge of rebuilding our plans, lives, homes and church for the future.

Altogether, it will be a year like no other any of us can remember, and with this in mind we think it important to find ways to record and commemorate what we are living through, both for us to reflect on now and for posterity.

Particularly as it struck us recently that our church archive includes little of the events of 1918, when the Spanish flu pandemic struck, and a glimpse of how our church family in the past coped with a similar situation to ours could have been a source of great hope and encouragement.

Memorial Box

We are planning a physical memorial or ‘box’ of items of significance from when the church closed for the first time in March. The idea is that the box will then be securely put away and only re-opened on our 150th anniversary in 2041.

We have already begun to collect various important mementos: the letters and drawings that many of you sent to Fr David while the church building was closed; service sheets for the last service before lockdown; funeral booklets for those who have died without the usual funeral service; and various objects, such as the containers for each of the Presence Candles that Fr David replenished every week of our closure.

Your Contributions

We want to capture as many different contributions as we can for our memorial box, so that it is a true reflection of this exceptional year across all ages in our entire church family. What form your contribution takes is down to you – it could be writings, drawings, photos and any objects that capture your experience of the year.

All ideas are welcome, so please do send any thoughts you have on this project by email to communications

But, most important of all, please do start thinking about, working on or creating anything you’d like to contribute.

There’s no real restriction, other than size, on what could go in the box, as long as it commemorates this year for you in a way that future congregations will find moving, interesting and encouraging – so do (excuse the pun!) think outside the box!

We will continue to update you on our plans and the closing deadline for submissions, so that the box can securely be put away twenty years ahead of our 150th anniversary and, together, we provide a loving and important Memorial to an Exceptional Year for our future church family.


Parochial Church Meeting

July 4, 2020

On the occasion of the church building reopening for public worship after 15 Sundays of closure

The Meeting will open at 6.30pm with a Celebration of Holy Communion (BCP)

The Parish Eucharist will be held for the first time on July 5 at 10.10am (Common Worship)

Parochial Church Council Meeting Notes


Creating for Community

Raising funds for this year’s Lent Appeal: ALMA

After a fantastic turnout at the voting polls, we are pleased to announced that the winner of this competition is… Sophie’s nephew, Theo Efremidis!

Congratulations, Theo, for your uplifting Isolation Song “God Almighty”, which is a worthy winner among some fantastic creative entries, which you can be reminded of at Creating for Community Competition entries

Well done to all participants and voters, because thanks both to your creative activities and then votes in support we have raised £343.60 for ALMA.

If you’d like to relive Theo’s the lovely song you can find it at


A great effort all round.

Musical Prayer for Holy Saturday

Art truly is a Holy Saturday Experience.’ – Botho Strauß

From lockdown in his home in Bremen, Parvis Hejazi shares with us his reflections on Beethoven Op. 110 as a ‘musical prayer’.  To accompany his words you can enjoy his performance of the pieces by clicking on the links below.

Beethoven’s Second Last Sonata as a Musical Prayer

Beethoven Sonata Op. 110 I. Moderato
Beethoven Sonata Op. 110 II. Scherzo
Beethoven Sonata Op. 110 III. Adagio – Fuga – Tempo primo – Fuga

Being a pianist and composer, Parvis Hejazi (20) is well known as an acclaimed and highly promising young musician living in London. Working in a wide range of artistic activities from solo recital and concerto programmes to chamber music performances and from composing to conducting, he holds the Gerd Bucerius Award of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben for being “a highly promising young artist”. Parvis has already performed in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, the US, Russia and Israel, including major concert venues, such as the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Die Glocke Bremen, Mozarteum Salzburg or the Federal Chancellery in Berlin. In 2016, Parvis played his debut recital at the Salzburg Festival.

Sing Resurrection

Easter Sunday, 12th April, 10am

Easter Sunday 2020 will be an Easter Sunday like no other before it. We cannot sing the great Easter hymns inside our churches, but we can sing them in this way…

At 10am on Easter Sunday April 12th we call on all who want to celebrate the resurrection to go outside and sing Jesus Christ is Risen Today and Thine be the Glory at the top of their voices! You could sing them…
In your garden
In your street
Like an Italian from your balcony!
On your permitted daily walk in your local park
By the sea or by a lake
…all of course keeping safe spatial distance.

How to make this happen…
Please share Sing Resurrection with as many people as possible by social media, email, phone.

Let’s share it globally too and see if Sing Resurrection can happen at 10am in 24 time zones around the world!

Invite friends and neighbours in advance to listen out for Sing Resurrection or to join in themselves.

Visit for more information and for the words of the hymns.

Take up the Cross Challenge

Thank you to our friends in the Diocese of Rochester who are encouraging us in the
Taking up the Cross Challenge.
Let us fill our homes with crosses in Holy Week & across Easter week.
There are various ways to join in. Why not:

Make Origami Crosses – Click here or here

Colour Cross pictures – Click here or here

Crochet Crosses – Click here

Knitted Crosses – Click here

Stain Glass Crosses – Click here

Sand Art Crosses – Click her

Wood cross – Click here

Lego Crosses – Click here

As you place your creation up in windows pray together the following prayer:

Dear Father,
We remember and thank you for your love,
For your care & protection of all your people
Let us display & share the love held within this Cross
May people recognise you God, as they see our Cross
Give us all hope and peace within the security and knowledge of you.

You can download our full Lent, Holy Week, and Easter 2020 booklet HERE

Our Parish News

BRA Newsflash

Dear Member,

It’s time for the annual BRA Quiz. From past experience, this is a popular event so please book your tables as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you are an individual who wishes to participate, don’t worry, we will be able to accommodate you to one of the tables.



THATCHED HOUSE (back room)

TABLE SIZE | Max 8 (can be smaller)




Please book your table by emailing

Good luck to all participants!

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WLAC & HI, Hand-in-hand

In these times, when the hardships faced by society’s most vulnerable have been brought starkly into focus, it seems particularly fitting for us to reflect on the wonderful work of West London Action for Children and Holy Innocent’s enriching relationship with them.

WLAC are an independent charity who have been supporting local families for 100 years, offering a range of counselling and therapy to those facing ordinary and extraordinary challenges in family life.

Their work is both gentle and powerful, reassuring and empowering. It offers hope and practical tools where unforgiving circumstances have created a lack.

The charity has worked closely with local churches and schools since their foundation in 1917, when numerous young children were in need of support as a result of the war and, in particular, the loss of so many fathers. After the 1930s, they also worked with NHS departments and later with the development of Social Services and local authorities, offering a specialist support service to families in the Borough.

What a great joy that the HI community, whose compassionate values align so well, have been nurturing a rewarding and long-term friendship with WLAC. Chief Executive, Heather Boxer, enthusiastically agrees, ‘Our close relationship with Holy Innocents remains very strong and important to us’.

For those lucky enough to be able to attend worship in person at Holy Innocents over Christmas time, an exceptional floral display stopped all in their tracks, thanks in large part to the exceptionally talented Michele Autiero who adorned our church with orchids, lilies and roses to give any royal wedding a run for its money. Not only did he lend his time and skills, but diverted material costs for the arrangements to the charity. It was a perfect partnership of beauty and generosity.

Yet this marriage of a ‘feast for the senses’ with benefit had precedent!

Ticket sale proceeds went to WLAC from an ethereal socially-distanced-AND-live-streamed Advent Concert, given by Chiswick Baroque vocal quintet, that took place against the odds at Holy Innocents between lockdowns in December.

Celia Harper talks of her a cappella singers’ support for WLAC since 2016 in: concerts; ‘Music and Silence’ events; and Christmas carol singing in local streets, pubs and restaurants. St Saviour’s Cobbold Road and Our Lady of Grace in Chiswick High Road have also joined Holy Innocents in opening up their sacred spaces to these beautiful voices.

Of their Christmas programme, Celia said, ‘We found it surprisingly easy to sing at a two-metre distance in the gracious acoustic of HI, and I will long remember the sheer joy and excitement of singing together after such a long break.’ 

As our name ‘Church of the Holy Innocents’ reflects, children are dear to the heart of our community, and we look forward to ways our Junior Church can gain insight into the feelings and situations of their young counterparts with whom WLAC connect so meaningfully.

A modest-but-mighty cake sale fundraiser and ‘coming together’, hobbled from taking place at Candlemas in January, waits in the wings to be celebrated when this light can be carried forward to brighter days.

We are also cautiously hopeful that psychotherapist, Veronica Pretelt, who has supported children, young people, parents and carers through WLAC for some 15 years, may join our Junior Church children one Sunday morning to explore the work of the charity, why it is so valuable, and the ways in which the tools of resilience they offer their clients are helpful to us all.


LBH&F (in common with many local authorities) declared a climate emergency last summer, but still needs to see the extent of local opinion on the subject in order to help define their response and plans.

The call for participation in their survey can be accessed at:

It is a long survey, but it is possible to jump forward to the areas of most interest or concern to you, so it can be a simple 5 minute exercise or as long as you choose.


On June 14th, the church building reopened for private prayer and devotion with a vigil to mark the 3rd anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire – our bell tolled 72 times, once for each life lost.

The Prime Minister announced in his speech on Tuesday, June 23 in the House of Commons liturgical services will be allowed to resume from July 4. The Parochial Church Council and former Church Wardens will gather to reopen the church on July 4. Regular worship will resume on Sunday morning from July 5 at 10:10. Instructions from the London College of Bishops and guidance from the Government and Church of England has yet to be published so we are not sure what form our worship will take.

After 15 long weeks we will at last gather again – even if it is not as we have known before now and may not be similar for many weeks to come. Togetherness in prayer is what is essential to our Calling.



Private Devotion in Church from June 13, 2020

 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

We confirm we have complied with the guidance from the government and College of Bishops on managing the risk of COVID-19

Opening Times

The Church of The Holy Innocents will be opened for private prayer and devotion at the following times until further notice:

Thursdays 10:00 – 11:00
Sundays 10:00 – 11:00

In order for as many people as possible to access the church for prayer, we ask you do not attend the church more than once per week. It would be helpful if you could let a member of the ministry team know your intentions before your visit.

All visits will be limited to 15 minutes. These visits are for the purpose of silent prayer only.

Risk Assessment

People coming to pray individually in the church represent a wide range of ages and circumstances among the general public. If you are a person who is particularly at risk please speak confidentially with a member of the ministry team.

Over the weeks of closure, the church has been monitored by the management team and contractors. The Upper Hall kitchen is currently in use with a small team preparing meals following strict guidance.

The church space as it is normally used represents a high risk for the contracting and spreading of the corona virus. Your perception of the spread of the virus is an important part of keeping every one safe.

In order to keep our church virus free please be vigilant and follow these rules. If you are feeling even slightly unwell do not come to the church. If you become unwell please contact us with relevant information.

COVID Risk Assessment July 2020

Hygiene and Cleaning

The church is being cleaned regularly following agreed COVID-19 secure protocols.

Please wash your hands thoroughly before leaving home and be mindful of what you touch. Toilet facilities will not be available during your visit to the church.

As you enter the church please use hand sanitiser. It is helpful if you bring your own supply.

Masks and face coverings are allowed within the church but are not required. You are welcome to wear gloves if this gives you an added sense of security.

The doors will be open so you do not touch need to touch any surface.

Doors and common surfaces will be wiped down each time the church is closed and opened.

When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and throw the tissue away immediately in the bin provided. Please use hand sanitiser.

Communal objects are not available for use (prayer books, matches). Please provide your own prayer book or devotional objects.

Social Distancing

Strict social distancing is required at all times in the church. Please sit several seats apart. Visits will be limited to 15 minutes. All conversations must be had strictly outside the building (e.g. in the drive beyond the front doors).

People must enter and leave the church one at a time.

Children and Young People

 Families are welcome and encouraged to come and pray together. There is no provision for common toys, books or a play corner. Normal safeguarding and supervision rules apply.

Holy Water and Votive Candles

 The holy water stoop must remain dry. If you wish to have your own supply of holy water please provide an appropriate receptacle and speak to a member of the ministry team.

Votive candles may be lit as long as you bring your own matches and do not touch the pricket stand while placing your candles. This must be done only with supervision by a member of the ministry team. Observe socially distancing at all times.

Offerings and Stewardship

Donations are best made electronically or by post. If you wish to leave a cash offering please use the safe in the porch after informing a member of the ministry team.

Risk Management

The fewer number of people in the building at any one time the lower the risk of transmission. We suggest no more than 6 people in the church at the same time. You must not gather, cluster or mix households while inside the church building. Keep your social interaction to a minimum until you are outside.

Further steps in our recovery will happen in stages. We will update you in early July.


A round up of news from our Science Editor, Tom Hayhoe. CLICK HERE




Covid Mutual Aid UK is a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the covid-19 outbreak in the UK. They focus on providing resources and connecting people to their nearest local groups, willing volunteers and those in need.

A full list of local groups can be found on their website –

Hammersmith Broadway
Central ward phone number: 02037110127
Council hotline number: 08001456095
Ward email address:

Please call us if you need support, or if you are well and would like to help out.

Ravenscourt Park
Central Ward phone number: 07960199755
Ward email address:




Kensington & Chelsea

Twickenham & Richmond

H&F CAN is the volunteer community aid network launched by Hammersmith & Fulham Council to support vulnerable residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

Working with the voluntary and charity sector, and alongside the ward and street-level mutual aid groups, H&F CAN offers support to residents who don’t have friends or family close by to help them. Our taskforce of volunteers will help those most in need at the time of their greatest need.



Official Government advice.  Coronavirus (COVID-19): What you need to do.

Get coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person.


Guidance and updates from the NHS on the coronavirus outbreak.


Get the latest information and guidance for those living and working in London from the Mayor of London.



United in Hammersmith & Fulham Community Coronavirus (COVID-19) Appeal

UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham Charity launched a ‘Community Coronavirus (Covid-19) Response Appeal’. This enables local individuals, businesses and foundations across the borough to support local response.

The appeal stands in partnership with Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s coordinated effort with the voluntary sector to prevent and respond to the pandemic. As such, we are well placed and in touch with local charities including frontline groups to see what’s needed and how funds raised can be best spent.

100% of funds raised will help groups working with people who face risk as a result of Coronavirus in Hammersmith & Fulham. Please give today.



Imperial Health Charity is today launching an urgent fundraising appeal to help our hospitals fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

The COVID-19 Relief Fund will support hospital staff on the front line of our NHS as well as helping the most vulnerable patients cope with sudden and unexpected financial pressures.

You can support our appeal by making a donation today.


We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.




Many of our local businesses are still open and supporting the community in whatever way they can.

The Thatched House is currently operating as a ‘mini mart’, selling essentials daily between 11am-9pm.  They also offer a takeaway meal service with a changing daily menu which can be seen on their facebook page.

Stentons Butchers remains open and is offering a delivery service for those unable to collect produce in person.  Call Sally on 079 8635 6615, or Julie on 077 6967 8605.

The Fishmongers Kitchen is open as usual and offering a delivery service.  Call 020 7603 0673 or email

Poppys I, II, II – The original of the three, Poppy’s I, is still open for delivery orders on Uber Eats, with the other two offering a collection service during select times.  Call 020 8748 2351.

The Duchess has opened as a small grocery shop and is also offering Sunday carveries.  Call 020