Speakers

Speakers include:

Archbishop Stephen Cottrell

Stephen Cottrell is the 98th Archbishop of York. He is a member of the Church of England’s Committee for Minority Ethnic Concerns, and Chair of Church Army, an Anglican society for evangelism and social outreach. He is a member of the House of Lords. He is a well-known writer and speaker on evangelism, spirituality and catechesis.

He is married to Rebecca who is a potter. They have three sons, one grandson and a dog.

His books include Kingdom Calling, and Do Nothing to Change Your Life. His latest is P is for Pilgrim.

Sessions

Tuning Forks and Orchestras: Music and the Mission of God

Roxanna Panufnik

Roxanna Panufnik is one of the most versatile and beloved British composers working today. She studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music and since then has written works for opera, ballet, choirs, orchestras and chamber music as well as for film and television that are seen and heard around the world. Thanks to her hybrid heritage, she has a great love of music from a variety of cultures and different faiths. Her mission to build musical bridges between the three Abrahamic faiths has resulted in commissions from The World Orchestra for Peace in Jerusalem and the BBC for the 2018 Last Night of the Proms.

Sessions

Joining the dots – composers in conversation

Joanna Forbes L'Estrange

Joanna Forbes L’Estrange is a British soprano, choral director and one of the RSCM’s best-selling composers. Her career began with seven years touring the world as Soprano and Musical Director of the multi-Grammy Award-winning vocal group The Swingle Singers, followed by twenty years as a member of the chamber choir Tenebrae. She now specialises in contemporary crossover music, working in the classical, jazz, pop, commercial and film industries, both as a soloist and as an ensemble singer. Her coronation anthem The Mountains Shall Bring Peace was sung by over 600 choirs around the world. This and her other sacred choral pieces have been recorded by London Voices on an album entitled ‘Heaven to Earth’ (SIGCD790).

www.joannaforbeslestrange.com 

Sessions

L’Estranges in the Night

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. 

Sessions

On Voice: Speech, Song and Silence, Human and Divine
So, what makes for good worship?

Adrian Bawtree

Adrian Bawtree believes in the power of music to enrich lives, and as a professional musician, he has seen first-hand the impact music and other creative activities can have on improving wellbeing. He is therefore highly motivated to understand how creative activities work and help people to change for the better. He is a co-Director of Kent Arts and Wellbeing and brings a wealth of experience to their programmes having been involved in a diverse range of musical activities, including running a number of singing for health & wellbeing groups. 

Sessions

Not forgotten: Music and Dementia

Alexander L’Estrange

Alexander L’Estrange is a British composer, arranger, jazz multi-instrumentalist, MD, choral animateur, workshop leader and music producer. He is best known for his award-winning series of community choral works scored for SATB choir, unison children’s choir and jazz quintet; the first of these was Zimbe! Come sing the songs of Africa!,afusion of traditional African song and jazz. His sacred choral music has been recorded by Tenebrae on the album 'On Eagles’ Wings'. A highly regarded vocal arranger, Alexander writes for world-class groups including Voces8, Amarcord, The Swingles and The King’s Singers, for whom he wrote and produced the 'Great American Songbook' album. www.alexanderlestrange.com 

Sessions

L’Estranges in the Night

Alison Barrington

Alison Barrington is passionate about the therapeutic benefits of music and has been a music therapist for 30 years. Working within end of life care she found that the familiarity of words combined with music has enabled people with dementia to spend quality time with loved ones. As well as a clinician Alison has been a senior lecturer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and a guest lecturer within other universities and at conferences both in the UK and the USA. She has written on music therapy extensively and has recently completed a national project for the NHS regarding the impact of music therapy in the healthcare system. She works for North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre in York. Her love of music making extends to her participation in church. She is currently enthusing the youngest York 'Minster Mice' in learning about their faith through songs.

Sessions

Not forgotten: Music and Dementia

Andy Thomas

Andy Thomas is author of Resounding Body: Building Christlike Church Communities Through Music (Sacristy Press, 2020), an associate tutor at RSCM and a freelance church musician working mainly with Anglican and Methodist churches in Bedfordshire. Andy has served as Director of Music for a variety of churches and community choirs in Sheffield and London. His (fabulous, challenging) experience at St John's, Waterloo inspired his book, where he built a choir from scratch despite being assured it could not be done. Andy is passionate about the power of music to grow and invigorate church communities, and is particularly keen to support those with limited musical resources.

Sessions

Developing Christlike Communities Through Music
Wise and confident hymn choosing

Carl Jackson

Carl Jackson was born in London and studied as a Junior Exhibitioner at The Royal Academy of Music.  He also held organ scholarships at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace and at Downing College, Cambridge where he was pupil of Peter Hurford.  He obtained a Postgraduate teaching certificate at Goldsmiths’ College (University of London) before embarking upon a 36 year teaching career in both state and independent sectors, retiring in 2018.

He has held positions at Croydon Parish Church (now Croydon Minster) and St Peter’s, Eaton Square, and has been Director of Music at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace since 1996. He has appeared regularly on television with its choir and features with them on CD’s.  The Queen appointed him MVO in 2012.

He has served as trustee of music charities for almost 30 years and is a past Section Warden and Regional Councillor for the Incorporated Society of Musicians, spending 13 years as a member of its Members’ Fund’s grant making committee – three of them as its Chair.  He is a Court Assistant of the Musicians’ Company and one of the volunteers who assists in the arrangements of its outreach programme.

Ebor Singers

Acclaimed for performances and recordings that combine imaginative programmes with performances of freshness and vitality, The Ebor Singers has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting vocal ensembles in the north of England. As well as their concert series held in York Minster and churches across Yorkshire, the choir has performed in festivals in the UK and abroad, and has appeared on radio and TV, with recent appearances in York's Late and Early Music Festivals, performances on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.   

Sessions

Great Sacred Music: A resource book for mission through music | a practical demonstration
Compline at the Minster

Ian Wilcock

Senior Musical Director and Organist at Rotherham Minster, along with being Director of the Minster Choir.

Sessions

Panel discussion: Growing the church younger through music

James Gilchrist

Recognised as ‘the finest Evangelist of his generation’, James Gilchrist is one of the UK’s leading tenors, whose extensive repertoire embraces works spanning many centuries. He is an enthusiastic and prolific exponent of lieder and enjoys nothing better than putting together interesting and challenging recital programmes. His impressive discography includes the Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel, Schubert and Schumann song cycles, Finzi, Bach and Britten. 

Sessions

What did a church choir ever do for me?
In the Stillness

Mark Keith

Organist and Director of Music at Hull Minster.

Sessions

Panel discussion: Growing the church younger through music

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.

Sessions

So, what makes for good worship?
Vision and values – transcending styles

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. 

Sessions

Joining the dots – composers in conversation
Vision and values – transcending styles

Philip Moore

Philip Moore was a student at the Royal College of Music and has a Bachelor in Music degree from Durham University. 

He was Organist and Master of the Music at York Minster for twenty five years.  Before moving to York he held posts at Guildford Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral and Eton College. He retired from the Minster in 2008 and was appointed an Organist Emeritus.   

He now enjoys life as an itinerant organist but spends much of his time composing.   As well as writing for choirs and organs, there is also some chamber music, as well as three cantatas, a requiem and a concerto for organ and orchestra.

Sessions

Joining the dots – composers in conversation
Talk with Philip Moore

Robert Poyser

Organist and Director of Music at Beverley Minster.

Sessions

Panel discussion: Growing the church younger through music

Robert Sharpe

Robert joined York Minster as Director of Music in 2008 and is responsible for organising and directing all aspects of the Minster’s music, as well as arranging its programme of concerts, broadcasts and tours. He is a well-known organ recitalist and has made a number of acclaimed recordings as a choral director and organist. 

Sessions

Music at the Minster – a conversation with Robert Sharpe

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.

Sessions

So, what makes for good worship?
Panel discussion: Growing the church younger through music

Tom Daggett

Conductor, organist and Director of Music & Schools Singing Programme at Sheffield Cathedral.  Previously worked at St Paul’s Cathedral where he implemented a music partnership programme for children.

Sessions

Panel discussion: Growing the church younger through music

William McVicker

Dr William McVicker is Organ Curator at London’s Royal Festival Hall and is professor of organology at the Royal Academy of MusicHe is an active recitalist and church musician and served as Director of Music at St Barnabas, Dulwich for thirty-one years. William is Chairman of the Association of Independent Organ Advisers (AIOA), Organs Adviser to the Diocese of Southwark, a Trustee of the ON Organ Fund, and former organ adviser to the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (CFCE).  An Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Musical Instrument Technology, William was recently elected both an Honorary Research Fellow and an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. 

Sessions

Caring for a pipe organ

Tim Ruffer

Tim Ruffer has been Head of Publishing at the RSCM since 2002, in which role he acts as Music Consultant to Hymns Ancient & Modern, sustaining a long-held tradition going back to Sir Sydney Nicholson's editorship of the hymnbook. He was a member of the editorial committee for 'Sing Praise' and chaired the editorial committee for 'Ancient & Modern–Hymns & Songs for refreshing worship', published in 2013. He is also co-ordinator of the highly-regarded 'Sunday by Sunday' magazine. Tim is Joint Director of Music at St Mary's Church, Fordingbridge and a deputy lay-vicar at Salisbury Cathedral. 

Sessions

Wise and confident hymn choosing

Peter Aiers

Peter Aiers is the 34th Master and Chief Executive of the Charterhouse.

He was previously the Chief Executive of the Churches Conservation Trust, a national charity caring for historic church buildings across England and had worked here for 15 years.

Peter’s background is in historic building conservation and has always had a particular interest in how historic buildings can best serve contemporary society. He has a track record of significant historic church building development projects and also invented Champing™.

Peter is a trustee of the Heritage Alliance and Goodwill Solutions CIO, a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Lay Member of the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Sessions

Not forgotten: Music and Dementia

Hannah Davey

Hannah’s performances take her across the UK and Europe performing song recitals, oratorio, and orchestral concerts. Notable solo engagements include regular performances with the Orchestra of St John’s including the ‘My Music’ series at Wigmore Hall, London, performances of Bach and Handel with The Musical and Amicable Society, a production of The Merchant of Venice at the Royal Shakespeare Company and song recitals in France, Sweden and Denmark. Hannah is in demand as an oratorio soloist and has performed at many venues including St John’s Smith Square and King’s Place, London, Dorchester Abbey, Malmesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury Abbey, and her home town of Cheltenham. Recordings include Mozart Requiem with Orchestra of St John’s and William Hayes ‘The Fall of Jericho’ with the Corelli Ensemble.

Sessions

What did a church choir ever do for me?
In the Stillness

The Very Revd Dominic Barrington

The Very Revd Dominic Barrington is Dean of York

Sessions

So, what makes for good worship?

Speakers

Roxanna Panufnik
Hannah Davey
James Gilchrist
Peter Aiers
Robert Sharpe
Archbishop Stephen Cottrell
Peter Asprey
Philip Moore
Ebor Singers
Mark Keith
Alexander L’Estrange
Victoria Johnson
Adrian Bawtree
Alison Barrington
Carl Jackson
Joanna Forbes L'Estrange
Tom Daggett
Andy Thomas
Pete Gunstone
Tansy Castledine
William McVicker