Appointment of Canon Precentor at Southwell Minster

Bishop Paul is pleased to announce the appointment of the Reverend Dr Richard Frith as Canon Precentor (Residentiary Canon) for the Cathedral and Parish Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Southwell.

Richard is presently Vicar of Holy Trinity and St Jude Church in Halifax, an ethnically-diverse suburban parish within the Diocese of Leeds. He served his curacy with St. Mary Magdalen Church, Oxford and prior to ordination worked as a Publishing Editor.

Richard’s ministry has been shaped by teaching and developing Christian discipleship particularly with children and families, accessible liturgical worship and a deep love of the choral tradition.

The Dean of Southwell Minster, the Very Reverend Nicola Sullivan shared her delight at Richard’s appointment “I am thankful to God for calling Richard to the Cathedral to share the rich opportunities for the further development of worship, mission and discipleship. He will bring liturgical, musical and pastoral gifts to the team and will support the Minster in being a deep well of prayer and inspiration for the local community and diocese.”

Richard, who was born and brought up in Rotherham, joined his parish church choir at the age of 10, the beginning of his journey of faith and love of choral worship. He studied English at university, eventually completing a PhD on Victorian poetry at Cambridge. From there he moved to Oxford to work in publishing, during which time he started to explore a vocation to ordained ministry. He trained at Ripon College Cuddesdon and served his curacy at St Mary Magdalen’s in central Oxford, before returning northwards to become vicar of Holy Trinity & St Jude’s, a suburban/urban parish in Halifax.

“I’m hugely looking forward to putting this liturgical, musical, and pastoral experience to good use at Southwell, and to working with the chapter, the choirs and music department, and the rest of the Minster team to develop Southwell’s worshipping and wider spiritual life in the years to come,” said Richard, who is married to Emma. They have an 11-year old son, Stephen,

He will be licensed in the Minster on 8th September 2019.