Canon Precentor and Residentiary Canon

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We need someone to oversee worship, music, spirituality and discipleship.

Our liturgy is dignified yet relaxed, in our building and online, traditional and innovative in our response to our multi-cultural city and our rural and ex-industrial county. We will complete our re-ordering and provide a new Chapter House through Leicester Cathedral Revealed with much disruption and opportunity in the next 3 years.

We welcome applications from all and especially from BAME candidates. We wish to be surprised by who God might call.

Leicester Cathedral wants to be ‘a beating heart for city and county’ as a community of faith gathered around the ‘seat of the Bishop’. We pray to be a place of worship, witness and welcome. Daily patterned prayer sits right at the heart of who we are and what we do.

The principal role of the Canon Precentor is to curate and animate our worship through pastorally sensitive liturgy, music and spiritual formation (discipleship) so that God the Holy Trinity may be worshipped and adored.

There are aspects of our worship which need to be patterned and routine, therefore needing regular and consistent care support. There are other elements of worship which need imagination and creativity with an interest in a breadth of music and texts. This is needed for special services and also to bring an element of flair and contextualization in this place (city and county in the East Midlands) to our week by week, day by day offering of worship.

This is to be undertaken in ways that will enable as many as possible from every walk of life to be drawn into that transformative experience of praise and lament, through traditional and yet also imaginative opportunities to gather together both in and around the Cathedral and online.

The Role of a Cathedral Canon
Each Residentiary Canon has three loci of ministry. Our Precentor needs to enable each aspect to be fulfilled with care, commitment and imagination:
i. Leadership of their area of expertise (oversight of Liturgy & Music, Spirituality & formation)
ii. Residentiary Canon role-sharing in daily cathedral duties, and membership of Chapter Executive
iii. Their trustee and governance role as a Chapter member.
Key Responsibilities
1. To develop and lead the Cathedral’s Liturgy and Worship
2. Spirituality & Discipleship
3. Residentiary Role
4. Governance Role
See application pack for further details

We want to be surprised by who God might call here. The person specification provided in the application pack tries to note some of the things that someone could bring to this role helping us to understand that she/he could be well suited. However, we don’t think for a moment that anyone will be able to fulfil all of these attributes.

If having read the Role Description and you feel nudged by God to apply or feel experienced and skilled to do so, or you are intrigued to explore Cathedral ministry in a place like Leicester, then please complete a form. None of us comes fully formed into these roles and this is a place where we grow lay and ordained leaders helping them to acquire new skills and to discover new gifts.

To apply, please fill in the forms send to Andrew Radford via email to or by post to Andrew Radford, Cathedral Office, St Martins House, 7 Peacock Lane, Leicester, LE1 5PZ.
Applicant Privacy Notice
Application Deadline: Midday, Friday 2 October 2020
Interviews and Visit: from 2.00pm, Tuesday 27 October, with formal process on Wednesday 28 October 2020
Candidates wishing to have an informal conversation about this role with The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester, may email him to arrange a phone call: