Cathedral Music Conference 2024

Cathedral Music: New Generation Perspectives

When: 19-20 September 2024

Where: Sarum College, Salisbury

Cathedral Music: New Generation Perspectives

Cathedral Music Trust is delighted to be holding an academic conference in Sarum College, a centre for study and research, located in Salisbury’s Cathedral Close. The conference will focus on themes of education and participation, diversity and inclusivity, the intersection of theology and music, the chorister experience, and liturgical music in the 21st century. Perspectives on the current generation of participants, and perspectives of the new generation of cathedral music researchers will make this conference a vibrant, exciting event for everyone involved in this field.

This conference has attracted leading academics, practitioners, and musicians, who will be presenting alongside post-graduate researchers, including many of the Trust’s Future Leaders. The event will provide plenty of opportunity for dynamic conversations and fresh insights to be explored, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, and facilitating the exchange of innovative ideas.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Hanna Rijken

Pilgrimage to English Cathedrals: The popular practice of visiting choirs from the Netherlands singing Choral Evensong in England
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Spiritual Realities: Innovations in Anglican Choral Music Research
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The Revd Prof. June Boyce-Tillman

Grace and Tradition – Spiritualities in Cathedral Music
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Canon Prof. Nicholas Orme

A Very Short History of England’s Cathedrals
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John Rutter CBE

After-Dinner Speaker
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Programme Highlights


  • Ten post-graduate researchers present their papers on topics ranging from how religious practices shape the musical and extra-musical behaviour within institutions to an exploration of visual mental images experienced by sacred music listeners
  • The Revd Prof. June Boyce-Tillman MBE gives a keynote speech on spiritualities in cathedral music
  • Meet some of the brightest and most innovative thinkers in our poster session
  • Evensong in Salisbury Cathedral
  • Drinks reception
  • Conference Dinner, with after-dinner speaker John Rutter CBE


  • Keynote speeches from Dr Hanna Rijken and The Revd Dr Jonathan Arnold
  • Opportunity to browse conference stalls over morning coffee
  • Panel discussion on working with today’s children and young people in a cathedral setting
  • Canon Prof. Nicholas Orme talks about important themes addressed in his new book, The History of England’s Cathedrals
  • Opportunity to attend Cathedral Music Trust’s Autumn National Gathering in Salisbury Cathedral. More info and tickets