The Revd Anna Macham will be installed as Precentor during Evensong (16.30 start) on Sunday 5 May. All are welcome to join the congregation to celebrate her arrival.
From 2010-2012 the Canon Precentor Designate, acted as Precentor at Southwark Cathedral, during which time she organised national acts of worship including the Consecration of the Bishop, the Installation of the Dean, the Borough of Southwark’s Civic Service for Queen’s Jubilee, and one of three services marking the London 2012 Olympics, alongside Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Anna found her calling at the age of 14 when she started singing in her local church choir, a vocation strengthened whilst a Choral Scholar at Trinity College, Oxford, where she studied English. Currently priest-in-charge of St Philip, Camberwell in South East London, she chairs the Bishop’s Advisory Group for Liturgy. Anna trained for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, receiving her MPhil in Christian Doctrine. Prior to that she was a youth worker in France and served her curacy at St Mary, Cheshunt, in St Alban’s Diocese.
For six years Anna undertook a dual role of Southwark Cathedral’s Succentor, or deputy Precentor, and chaplain at King’s College, London medical and dental schools. With two academic colleagues, she set up a Music and Medicine course option as part of the Year 4 Medical Degree Programme. She also helped to establish Guy’s Chapel Choir. A pianist and flautist, she became trustee of Royal School of Church Music in 2018 and strongly holds that music and belief walk hand-in-hand.
“I am thrilled and delighted to be taking on this role and joining in the tradition of liturgical excellence that exists at Salisbury. I feel passionate about the ability of music and liturgy to draw all kinds of people into the life and worship of God, and it will be a privilege to work with musicians, clergy, Cathedral staff and congregation to develop such a special heritage into the next phase of its life. I’ve really enjoyed meeting and beginning to get to know people already, and can’t wait to start! As we prepare to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the city and Cathedral, this is a key time for reaching out to the wider community and I am looking forward to working with many others to build relationships and further the Cathedral's mission to make a difference for God.”