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Visiting Fellows awarded by Archbishop of Canterbury

(15 June 2017)

We are delighted that on 9th June two Visiting Fellows at St John’s were given awards by another John’s alumnus, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Anne Harrison, pictured here received The Thomas Cranmer Award for Worship - For her sustained and outstanding contribution to music in worship.

Visiting Fellow Sir Andreas Whittam Smith, received The Canterbury Cross for Services to the Church of England  - For his outstanding contribution as First Estates Commissioner of the Church of England.

Anne Harrison, pictured here received The Thomas Cranmer Award for Worship - For her sustained and outstanding contribution to music in worship.

Having studied music at Oxford University, Anne Harrison taught music in London before moving to the Cambridgeshire Fens, and then to Durham where, in the mid-1990s, she became Music Co-ordinator at St John’s College with Cranmer Hall. This included time with ordinands, notably teaching a weekly ‘Preparation for Worship’ session with the liturgist, the late Michael Vasey. She was co-ordinating editor of the Royal School of Church Music’s quarterly Sunday by Sunday for ten years until 2012, during which period she received an Honorary ARSCM and completed an MA in Music and Liturgy at Leeds University.

Anne has been active in both the local RSCM and the Diocesan Liturgical Committee – leading Taizé services in Durham Cathedral and helping to shape courses and conferences bringing together music and liturgy. Her two Grove Monographs – Sing it Again: The Place of Short Songs in Worship (W176) and Recovering The Lord’s Song: Getting Sung Scripture Back into Worship (W198) highlight two of her key interests: repeated short songs in worship (especially from the Taizé and Iona Communities), and sung Scripture, such as her Benedictus setting, published in Common Worship Daily Prayer.

Anne chaired the Editorial Group for Sing Praise (2010) and was a member of the editorial team for Ancient and Modern (2013), both sub-titled Hymns and Songs for Refreshing Worship. She is a member of the Committee of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland and of the Group for the Renewal of Worship, and a trustee of the Song and Hymn Writers Foundation. She writes on music, hymnody and song for Praxis News of Worship. Her contribution has been outstanding.

Receiving a similar award were Vicky Beeching, Tim Hughes and Stuart Townend.

Visiting Fellow Sir Andreas Whittam Smith, received The Canterbury Cross for Services to the Church of England  - For his outstanding contribution as First Estates Commissioner of the Church of England

Looking back to the moment in 1940 when he became Prime Minister at the age of 65, Winston Churchill claimed that all of his past life ‘had been but a preparation for this hour.’ The 65 years of Andreas Whittam Smith’s life before he became First Estates Commissioner in 2002 could similarly be seen as but a preparation for that hour, even though, like Churchill’s, his career had already been, by any standards, abundant.

In his 15 years in office Andreas has made an outstanding contribution to the health of the Church of England. Most tangibly he has done so by presiding over the growth of the Commissioners’ funds from around three and a half billion pounds to somewhere approaching eight billion. That doubling has been achieved at the same time as the Commissioners have spent out some three billion pounds to support the Church’s ministry.

Without Andreas’s cool judgement, deep understanding of the financial markets and willingness to take courageous and measured risks, it is doubtful whether such a stellar performance could have been achieved.

His father trained for ordination at St Johns and Andreas has had an abiding commitment to and instinctive feel for the Church of England, Andreas has also been able to operate far beyond the sphere of investments. He has championed the cause of research into church

growth, the importance of leadership training and the need for serious investment in renewal and reform. This has, surely, been his finest hour. His contribution has been outstanding.

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