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New Precentor appointed

New Precentor appointed

The Reverend Matthew Rushton has been appointed Precentor of Canterbury Cathedral.

The Precentor, together with the Cathedral’s Organist, is responsible for organising and singing much of the music that forms such a moving aspect of the services in the Cathedral. Matthew Rushton replaces the Revd David Mackenzie Mills, who moved to Scotland earlier in the year.

Matthew is currently Chaplain to the Bishop of Dover and Archbishop’s Chaplain in Canterbury, having come to Canterbury from the Diocese of Lincoln, where he was curate of a group of rural parishes. He studied music at Oxford University and law at Nottingham Law School. He trained and qualified as a solicitor at an international law firm and worked at firms in London and Oxford, specialising in charities and property law. He trained for ordination at Ripon College, Cuddesdon.

 We are all delighted by Matthew’s appointment as Precentor, and look forward to working closely with him in the daily life and worship of the Cathedral. Matthew, his wife Elizabeth, and their children Nathaniel and Lucas will also be welcome additions to the community living in the Cathedral Precincts

The Dean of Canterbury, the Very Revd Dr Robert Willis


I am thrilled to have been appointed as Precentor. In my current role, I have experienced the deep connections that people both within the diocese and across the world have with this holy place and its story; I am honoured and humbled to have this opportunity to contribute to Canterbury Cathedral’s music and its worshipping life and witness.

 The Reverend Matthew Rushton

Matthew will be licensed by the Bishop of Dover and installed by the Dean at Choral Evensong on Sunday 8 September.

The Revd Matthew Rushton, Elizabeth Rushton and The Dean of Canterbury, the Very Revd Dr Robert Willis

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