Revd Max Kramer was installed as the new Precentor at Canterbury Cathedral during Choral Evensong on Saturday (10 June 2017).
As Precentor Max is responsible for organising the Cathedral’s worship and is a minor canon and member of the Cathedral Foundation. During Evensong he was licensed by the Bishop of Dover, the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott and installed by the Dean of Canterbury, the Very Revd Dr Robert Willis.
The Dean said: “We are delighted to welcome Max and I know that he will bring many things to this community here in Canterbury. We so look forward to Max developing his ministry here and to his being part of our Foundation and our fellowship.”
Max grew up in Morpeth in the north east of England and following a classics degree at Balliol College, Oxford, he trained for the priesthood at Westcott House, Cambridge. He has worked in St John’s College chapel in Cambridge and parishes in the Manchester area and Cambridge. Prior to coming to Canterbury Max served his curacy in the parish of Little St Mary’s, Cambridge, from where friends joined his family at Saturday’s service
While at Cambridge Max studied the Theology & Religious Studies Tripos and an MPhil in Old Testament at St John’s College. Since then he has taught Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Old Testament, and Greek Literature to Cambridge classicists and theologians. Max was also founder and co-convenor of the research seminar Being Jewish, Writing Greek, which explores the Greek literature of the Hellenistic and Imperial Periods that was written by Jews, and is organising a conference on this subject in September 2017.
Max enjoys music-making and plays the piano, organ, and trumpet, and has sung in a wide variety of choirs.
Max said: “I am very pleased to have come to the Cathedral to be Precentor and I am very much looking forward to developing my liturgical, musical, and academic interests further at Canterbury.”