New Canon Precentor Appointed

The Bishop of Leicester has appointed The Revd Canon Emma Davies the new Canon Precentor and Canon Residentiary at Leicester Cathedral.

She has been Acting Precentor for more than a year following secondment from her role as Team Vicar in The Avon-Swift benefice, Leicestershire.

Dean of Leicester, The Very Revd David Monteith, said: “I couldn’t be more delighted that the Bishop has appointed Emma having interviewed a very strong field of four candidates. On behalf of the Chapter, I am delighted to welcome her and her family. We look forward to her formal installation possibly in the early New Year, which will mark the start of this new phase of ministry. Emma will not only carry out the normal duties with professionalism and care but she also has great passion for ensuring that our music and liturgy become a vital dimension of growing in faith and discipleship.”

Revd Canon Emma said: “I am really delighted to accept the role of Canon Precentor at Leicester Cathedral and very excited to be taking the work I have begun in shaping the liturgy and music here into a new dimension with the addition of responsibility for spirituality and discipleship.

“As well as recent experience at the Cathedral, I bring something of the perspective of the wider county with me into this role from my ministry in rural parishes over many years. My family and I now are looking forward to this new chapter, making our home in the city centre. It will be very good to be working afresh with familiar and new faces in the Cathedral and diocese as we seek to grow in faith and to worship God together.”

Former Canon Precentor, The Revd Canon Dr Johannes Arens, who spent last year on secondment as Faith Adviser to De Montfort University (DMU) is now Transition Priest in the Holy Spirit Team with responsibility for St Andrew’s Church, Jarrom Street, Leicester, at the edge of the DMU campus where he has a focus on developing chaplaincy engagement with the university.