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Four canons installed - to the sound of new music!

Posted By : Marie Thomas Tuesday 20th October 2015


Four new canons took their places in Salisbury Cathedral’s College of Canons at Evensong in the Cathedral on Thursday 15 October. A newly commissioned work by composer Will Todd was performed at the service.


The new canons, who joined at the invitation of the Right Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, are The Revd William Cave-Browne-Cave from HMP Prison Services at The Verne, The Ven Peter Eagles QHC, Deputy Chaplain General and Archdeacon for the Army, The Revd Canon Dr James Woodward, Principal of Sarum College and Chris Corteen, a former local government finance manager and the newly-elected Chair of the House of Laity in Salisbury Diocese.

The new work performed was a setting of the Evening Canticles by composer Will Todd. David Halls, Director of Music said: “Will Todd is perhaps most famous for his wonderful, jazz-inspired ‘Mass in Blue’. The Mass has been performed hundreds of times around the world and his anthem ‘The Call of Wisdom’ was commissioned by St Paul’s Cathedral for the Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving Service in 2012. This new ‘Salisbury Short Service’ is an exciting work, commissioned as part of the Magna Carta 800th anniversary, with a fanfaric Magnificat setting juxtaposed against a soft, spiritual-like Nunc Dimittis.”


During the service each canon was allocated a stall in the Quire of the Cathedral. The Revd Canon Dr James Woodward was installed in Durnford, The Ven Peter Eagles in Bricklesworth, The Revd William Cave-Browne-Cave in Grimston and Chris Corteen in Dorchester.


The College of Canons meets twice a year and acts as an advisory body to Chapter, Salisbury Cathedral’s governing body. With experience ranging across local government, theological enquiry, the military, immigration and prisons, the new canons will be a welcome addition, providing insight and expertise in areas that are currently very topical.


For other enquiries contact Marie Thomas at or on 01722 555148