Appointment of new Canon Precentor
The Dean and Chapter are pleased to announce that the Reverend Matthew Rushton has been appointed as the new Canon Precentor.
Matthew grew up in Rutland and read music at Oxford University. His ambition was to be a conductor, but although as a student he had the hair to be the next Simon Rattle, he didn’t have the talent, so decided that the law would be a more sensible option! He qualified as a solicitor in 2001 at an international law firm and worked at firms in the City and in Oxford, specialising in charities and property law.
He trained for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon and served his curacy in a group of rural parishes in Lincolnshire – he was also a priest-vicar at Lincoln Cathedral. He moved to Canterbury in March 2012 to be Archbishop’s Chaplain in Canterbury and Chaplain to the Bishop of Dover. He had the privilege of working for both Rowan Williams and Justin Welby and was one of the chaplains at the service of inauguration of Archbishop Justin’s ministry as 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. In 2013 he was appointed as Precentor and Minor Canon of Canterbury Cathedral.
Matthew is married to Elizabeth, a teacher and researcher, and they have two sons, Nathaniel (12) and Lucas (9). He enjoys music, running, walking Ginny the springer spaniel, and exploring Northumberland.
Matthew says: “Rochester Cathedral is a place of deep sacred, historical and cultural significance and I am thrilled to be able to play a part in telling its unique story and to contribute to the development of its worshipping life. I am looking forward in particular to working with the musicians and all those who enable the liturgical ministry of the Cathedral and joining such a committed and enthusiastic team. We will be sad to leave Canterbury, but our whole family is very much looking forward to being part of the community at Rochester Cathedral. I cannot wait to get started!”
Dean Philip Hesketh says, “I am delighted to announce that Matthew will be joining us at Rochester. We are most fortunate to be able to appoint such a gifted and experienced priest. I look forward to getting to know him and his family in the coming years.”
Matthew will be collated and installed shortly after Easter 2017 – details to follow.
BBC Chorister of the Year!
Rochester Cathedral Celebrates Success in
The Cathedral is celebrating the outstanding success of two chorister pupils in the final of BBC Chorister of the Year 2016, broadcast on Wednesday 26th October on Radio 2.
Edward Hyde and Rupert Walker, were two of only four finalists amongst hundreds of entrants in this national competition after passing through two highly competitive judging rounds. Edward is Deputy Head Chorister of Rochester Cathedral and Rupert was Head Chorister last year. The choristers of Rochester Cathedral are educated at King’s Preparatory School, the oldest choir school in the world.
To have two of the finalists from one choir was exceptional and this achievement was crowned with Edward being this year’s winner after the final in Manchester Cathedral.
Rupert impressed the judges and audience with his excellent singing of the hymn, ‘I the Lord of Sea and Sky’ and the solo anthem from Handel’s Messiah ‘Come Unto Him’, receiving highly complementary remarks for his performance.
The star of the show though was Edward who sang ‘I Vow To Thee My Country’ and ‘Be Thou My Vision’ to the setting by world-renowned composer Bob Chilcott. Edward’s singing was outstanding and he showed himself to be the consummate professional in his responses to interview questions from the host, Diane-Louise Jordan. After he was announced as BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2016 he sang a duet with the winner of the girl’s competition in the company of special guest singers, The Priests.
An exciting year lies ahead for Edward who is a member of the Junior Royal Academy of Music and the National Children’s Orchestra as well as being a Music Scholar at King’s. He thanked his singing coach, Mr Michael Jamieson-Smith and the Director of Music at Rochester Cathedral, Mr Scott Farrell, in his acceptance speech and clearly has a very bright future ahead!
The Dean of Rochester, the Very Rev Dr Philip Hesketh said:
I am delighted for Edward who truly deserved to win. To have two choristers in the final of this national competition is simply amazing, and it just shows the high standard at which our choristers are singing under Mr. Farrell. Well done, both Edward and Rupert the Cathedral community are very proud of you.
Cathedral Tea Rooms one of top 25 in Kent!