So, what makes for good worship?

‘Good worship’ can mean so many things to different people. Can a consensus ever be achieved? The Dean of York chairs a panel discussion with experienced participants who represent a range of church traditions and settings, in a session which is sure to provide thought-provoking ideas and suggestions. 

11:15-12:00 27 April 2024

Speakers

Pete Gunstone

Revd Pete Gunstone is Minor Canon for Worship and Nurture at Bradford Cathedral. Equally at home in the choral and charismatic traditions, and in music from across the world, he is a musician who specialises in intercultural worship. Prior to ordination, he worked as a freelance classical musician and a church worship pastor. Highlights of his musical ministry have included programming worship for Greenbelt Festival, leading worship at the Keswick Convention, and directing music for the Lambeth Conference 2022.

Tansy Castledine

Tansy Castledine is a highly regarded British choral conductor at the forefront of the profession within Church Music. Her dynamic and engaging style is known for engendering outstanding results from the choirs with which she works, making her much in demand as a conductor, educator, and animateur.

Victoria Johnson

Canon Victoria Johnson is Precentor of York Minster where she oversees the worship and music of the cathedral. She has recently been appointed Dean of Chapel at St John’s College Cambridge. She has taught liturgy and homiletics for many years, is a member of the Mission Theology and Apologetics Group of the Church of England and the Archbishops’ College of Evangelists. She studied theology at Cambridge and at the Institute of Sacred Music and School of Divinity at Yale, USA. She is a singer and musician, and as well as singing the daily office, she currently sings in two York based chamber choirs and is a trustee of the National Centre for Early Music and The Ryedale Festival. Her book On Voice: Speech, Song and Silence, Human and Divine, will be published by Darton, Longman & Todd in 2024. She is currently researching models of evangelism shaped by music, liturgy and prayer. 

Peter Asprey

Peter Asprey is in demand both as a conductor, chorus master, singer, workshop leader and singing teacher. He is the Director of Music at Holy Sepulchre London, the National Musicians’ Church in the heart of the City of London and the Musical Director of Ealing Choral Society. He has been a guest Chorus Master for the London Symphony Chorus, London Philharmonic Choir, Brighton Festival Chorus, The Whitehall Choir and the St Endellion Festival Chorus, working alongside conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Andrew Davis and Edward Gardner. Former posts include Musical Director of the Berkshire Youth Choir and Henley Choral Society. Recent performances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s C Minor Mass at Cadogan Hall with the English Chamber Orchestra and Handel’s Messiah at Reading Town Hall. He has performed premiers on BBC Radio 3 with the Berkshire Youth Choir and initiated educational events for the students with the BBC Singers. He has conducted at places such as Wigmore Hall, The Sheldonian Theatre and Cadogan Hall and taken choirs on tour to France Germany, Italy, Belgium and Spain. He has extensive experience of the City, having conducted the choir and taught singing at UBS for many years. 

Speakers

Alexander L’Estrange
Tansy Castledine
Pete Gunstone
Peter Asprey
Victoria Johnson
Alison Barrington
William McVicker
Andrea Haines
Robert Sharpe
Carl Jackson
Roxanna Panufnik
Philip Moore
Joanna Forbes L'Estrange
Andy Thomas
Adrian Bawtree
James Gilchrist
Ebor Singers
Nicholas Riddle
Archbishop Stephen Cottrell