Breaking with tradition, this year’s new canons will be welcomed into Salisbury Cathedral’s College of Canons at Evensong on Thursday 3 October, but will not claim their stalls until a later date because the scaffolding required for work on the Father Willis organ means the stalls are not presently accessible.
The Reverend Andrew Evans (Rural Dean of Bradford and Rector of Broughton Gifford, Great Chalfield and Holt St Katharine), The Reverend Andrew Rowland (Rural Dean of Wimborne and Rector of Wimborne Minster and the Northern Villages), The Reverend Janice Audibert (Vicar of Christchurch, Creekmoor) and the former Master of Marlborough College, Jonathan Leigh are joining the College at the invitation of the Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam.
Each of these individuals brings special insights into different aspects of society and expertise that the Dean and Chapter, the Cathedral’s governing body, can draw upon when making decisions regarding the Cathedral and its activities.
The Reverend Andrew Evans practised as a solicitor for 20 years, specialising in commercial property law, before being called to ordination in Guildford Diocese. He joins the College as a Non-Residentiary Canon alongside The Reverend Andrew Rowland, who was ordained in 2001 and served as Chaplain to the Dorset Police from 2007-2018 and as a Chaplain to The Great Dorset Steam Fair from 2005 onwards. Andrew was instituted as Rector of Wimborne Minster and the Northern Villages in 2018.
The Reverend Janice Audibert also joins as a Non-Residentiary Canon. Janice was ordained in 1999, having brought up a family in the Diocese.
Jonathan Leigh, who has been invited to be a Lay Canon, brings a lifetime’s experience of education and working with young people to the College. Jonathan was a chorister at St George’s, Windsor, before moving on to Eton College and subsequently Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he was a Tenor Choral Exhibitioner and read History.
The College of Canons meets twice a year, providing feedback on Cathedral activities and policy decisions made by Chapter.
Announcing the new appointments, the Dean of Salisbury, The Very Reverend Nicholas Papadopulos, said: “We are delighted that these four candidates are joining us next month when they will be welcomed at Evensong. They will eventually be installed, once the scaffolding has been removed from their stalls in the Quire. In the meantime, we look forward to bringing them into the wider Cathedral family and benefitting from their wisdom and experience.”