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Southwark Cathedral appoints new Precentor

6 May 2012

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The Bishop of Southwark, The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun has appointed The Revd Canon Gilly Myers to be the next Precentor of Southwark Cathedral.She succeeds The Very Revd Andrew Nunn who became Dean of Southwark in January 2012.Canon Myers has been Precentor of Manchester Cathedral since 2008.  

Canon Myers (54) was trained for ordination at St John's College, Nottingham and was deaconed in 1995 and priested in 1997.She served her title at St Jude's, Nottingham in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham and then moved to All Hallows, Gedling in the same Diocese before becoming Priest-in-Charge of All Saints, Nottingham.In 2002 she became Succentor and Minor Canon at Durham Cathedral before moving to Manchester Cathedral as Canon Precentor.  

Gilly Myers' involvement in liturgy began at a very early age.She sang in her church choir from the age of nine.She has written and contributed to books on liturgy and been involved in liturgical training and work with the Liturgical Commission. She is a member of the Group for Renewal of Worship (GROW) and of Praxis, an organisation dedicated to enriching worship.In Manchester Diocese she is a member of the Bishop's Advisory Group for Liturgy and Worship.  

She is married to Duncan and they have three grown up children.In her spare time she listens to a wide range of music, reads, goes to the cinema, walks, investigates archaeology and entertains. Canon Myers grew up in London and is looking forward to returning to her roots.Commenting on her appointment she said, 'Southwark is a vibrant place - buzzing, colourful, diverse and full of challenges. I am very much looking forward to joining the Cathedral team and to working in the Diocese'. 

The Dean of Southwark, The Very Revd Andrew Nunn said, 'I am delighted at the appointment of Canon Myers as Canon Precentor at Southwark. Gilly brings to the task a wonderful range of experience both in cathedrals and in the development of liturgy. I am excited to see what fresh eyes and imagination can bring to the wonderful liturgy at Southwark Cathedral which will help us to respond in worship and mission to the needs of the church in the diocese and city in the coming years'.   

Canon Myers will be installed at Southwark Cathedral at Choral Evensong on Sunday 9 September which is the day of the Cathedral's Patronal festival and the day in which they celebrate all that volunteers do for the Cathedral and the wider community.  

Note:   The Canon Precentor of a Cathedral is responsible, working under the authority of the Dean, for preparing the services which take place in the Cathedral.This role can be particularly important and creative when there are 'special' services to organise, such as memorials and thanksgivings.