July 11, 2019
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The Bishop of Winchester has announced the appointment of a new Canon Precentor and Sacrist this week. The Rev’d Andrew Trenier will take up his new role as Canon Precentor in the autumn, following an installation service at Winchester Cathedral on Sunday 15 September.
As a member of Chapter, the governing body of the Cathedral, Andrew will have particular responsibility for the organisation, development and delivery of the liturgy and music of the Cathedral and the support of the Cathedral’s congregations.
For the last four years, Andrew has been Rector of Chingford, a vibrant North London Parish with a focus on families and a flourishing musical tradition. Andrew has co-ordinated a wider Mission Unit in the borough of Waltham Forest and has been Acting Area Dean. Chingford Parish is a founding member of Waltham Forest Citizens, an alliance of 12 institutions and 15,000 members, working together for the common good. Previously Andrew served as Minor Canon of Derby Cathedral.
Speaking of his new appointment, Andrew said: “I am enormously humbled to be asked to take on this important role at Winchester Cathedral. It is a very good time to be arriving with much of the building works coming to completion and the Cathedral’s new vision taking place. I look forward to joining an excellent team in the new term”.
The Dean of Winchester, The Very Revd Catherine Ogle, said, “The Chapter is delighted with Andrew’s appointment and look forward to welcoming him to the cathedral team. This is a significant time of growth in cathedral ministry and Andy brings great gifts, experience and skills to the role of Precentor.”
The Rt. Revd Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester, said, “The role of Canon Precentor is such a significant one for the life and mission of the Cathedral community. I am very pleased to appoint Andrew, and I am sure that he will bring wisdom, experience, and sensitivity to his leadership of Cathedral worship, and be a valuable and enthusiastic member of Chapter.”
Andrew will be moving to Winchester with his wife Emma, who is Head of Programmes at the Church of England’s Foundation of Educational Leadership, their three children, Hugo, Louis, and Maxwell, and their puppy, Cosmo.