We are pleased to welcome as Conference Preacher, the Rev. Dr. Jamie Hawkey. The Revd Dr Jamie Hawkey is Dean and Director of Studies in Theology at Clare College, Cambridge. Educated at Cambridge (MA, MPhil, PhD) and at the Angelicum in Rome, he completed his doctoral work in ecclesiology under the supervision of the late Professor Daniel W. Hardy. Ordained to a curacy at St Mary’s Portsea, in inner-city Portsmouth, Jamie then went to serve as a Minor Canon at Westminster Abbey between 2010-2015. He was Precentor from 2013-2015, and in addition to supervision of the Abbey’s daily liturgical life, was responsible for crafting and designing many of the special services which take place there including the Vigil to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in 2014, the television production for which went on to win a BAFTA. In addition to his current work in Cambridge, he serves on the International Anglican/Reformed Dialogue, is a member of the Malines Conversations Group, and chairs the UK Endowment Appeal Committee for the Anglican Centre in Rome. Current projects include a chapter in Ashgate’s forthcoming title, Song of God, which is co-edited with Ben Quash and Vernon White. He is assistant Director of Ordinands for the Diocese of Ely, and a Priest Vicar of Westminster Abbey.
Likewise, we are eager to welcome composer John Milford Rutter as keynote speaker for the Closing Banquet of the Conference. John Rutter was born in London in 1945 and received his first musical education as a chorister at Highgate School. He went on to study music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he wrote his first published compositions and conducted his first recording while still a student. His compositional career has embraced both large and small-scale choral works, orchestral and instrumental pieces, a piano concerto, two children’s operas, music for television, and specialist writing for such groups as the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and the King’s Singers. His larger choral works, Gloria (1974), Requiem (1985), Magnificat (1990), Psalmfest (1993) and Mass of the Children (2003) have been performed many times in Britain, North America, and a growing number of other countries.
He co-edited four volumes in the Carols for Choirs series with Sir David Willcocks, and, more recently, has edited the first two volumes in the new Oxford Choral Classics series, Opera Choruses (1995) and European Sacred Music (1996). From 1975 to 1979 he was Director of Music at Clare College, whose choir he directed in a number of broadcasts and recordings. After giving up the Clare post to allow more time for composition, he formed the Cambridge Singers as a professional chamber choir primarily dedicated to recording, and he now divides his time between composition and conducting. He has guest-conducted or lectured at many concert halls, universities, churches, music festivals, and conferences in Europe, Africa, North and Central America and Australasia. In 1980 he was made an honorary Fellow of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, and in 1988 a Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians. In 1996 the Archbishop of Canterbury conferred a Lambeth Doctorate of Music upon him in recognition of his contribution to church music. He was honored in the 2007 Queen’s New Year Honours List, being awarded a CBE for services to music.