The Revd Anna Macham was installed as Precentor during Evensong on Sunday 5 May 2019.
From 2010-2012 the Canon Precentor 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. She was previously priest-in-charge of St Philip, Camberwell in South East London. 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.