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Rochester has new precentor

The Reverend Matthew Rushton was installed as the new Canon Precentor at Rochester Cathedral during Evensong on Saturday 25 March 2017. The appointment, made by the Lord Chancellor, sees Matthew become a full-time residentiary canon at the cathedral, working alongside the dean and chapter.

Matthew will be part of the collegiate ministry and a member of chapter with particular responsibility for liturgy and music and its future development in line with the cathedral’s outward-looking Forward Plan.

There is a strong choral tradition at Rochester stretching back to 604. There are now 18 boy and 18 girl choristers, together with three choral scholars and a pool of experienced deputy lay-clerks. The choir is led by the Director of Music and Organist, with an Assistant Director of Music and Sub-Organist, and an Assistant Sub-Organist. Matthew will have oversight of this department.

The Dean of Rochester, the Very Revd Philip Hesketh, said, “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Matthew as our new Canon Precentor, which marks a new chapter in the history of the cathedral. Matthew brings great experience and enthusiasm to the role. We welcome him and his family very warmly into the community.”

Matthew and his wife Elizabeth, a teacher and researcher, have two sons. Matthew enjoys music, running, walking Ginny the springer spaniel, and exploring Northumberland.