A brief introduction to the distinguished authors who have generously contributed to the volume on Henry Williams Baker.



The Very Revd Michael Tavinor was appointed Dean of Hereford in 2002; previously he had been Vicar of Tewkesbury Abbey (1990-2002) and Precentor at Ely Cathedral (1985-1990) and served his title at St Peter, Ealing.  He read music at university, taught music before ordination and continues his interest in and support for music in cathedrals.  Michael is President of the Church Music Society and is a director of the English Hymnal Company, being much involved in centenary celebrations for the English Hymnal in 2006 and for Hymns Ancient and Modern in 2011.  He was elected to the AEC Executive in June 2011 and leads on music and liturgy.  Michael is Chairman of the Cathedrals’ Liturgy and Music Group.

Professor John Harper is RSCM Research Professor of Music and Liturgy, and Director of the new International Centre for Sacred Music Studies (ICSMuS) at Bangor. He is also Emeritus Director of The Royal School of Church Music.

He was previously Director General, The Royal School of Music (1998-2007); Professor of Music and Head of the Music Department at Bangor (1991-8); Lecturer in the Faculty of Music at Oxford University and Organist, Informator Choristarum, Tutor and Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford (1981-90); and Lecturer in Music at Birmingham University (1976-81).

His teaching has been wide ranging (from the 10th to the 20th centuries), and has included historical, applied and practical courses, including opera studies at both Birmingham and Bangor. His earlier research was in early 17th-century ensemble music. However, music in the liturgy has always been a central concern. This has manifested itself in choral direction, choral composition, liturgical innovation, and historical research. His guide to Western liturgy (1991) is used worldwide.  

Fellow, The Royal School of Church Music (2007)
Visiting Scholar, Sarum College, Salisbury (2005-)
Leverhulme Research Fellowship (1997-8)
Honorary Fellow, Guild of Church Musicians (1996)
Papal award: Benemerenti (1978)
 Source:  bangor.ac.uk/music           

Professor Dick Watson MA, PhD, Emeritus Professor of English at Durham, Farmington Fellow, based at St Chad’s, Honorary Fellow, Harris Manchester College, Oxford. His former appointments include having been President of the International Association of University Professors of English, Chairman of Modern Humanities Research Association and Vice-President of the Charles Wesley Society. 


and      www.hymnology.co.uk

He was also the Free Churches’ representative on the Archbishop’s Commission on Church Music and
served on the committee for Common Praise (2000), the new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern.
He published 'An Anthology of Hymns,' 2002 to display the diversity of subject and experience captured by 250 important Hymns.   Source:  dur.ac.uk St Chad's Duham,  OUP,  and Debretts.

Professor Jeremy Dibble studied music at Trinity College, Cambridge (with Philip Radcliffe, Richard Marlow, Peter le Huray and Robin Holloway) and at Southampton University (with Peter Evans). Before he was appointed as a lecturer at Durham in 1993, he was a lecturer in music at University College, Cork. He teaches courses in harmony and counterpoint, musicianship, nineteenth- and twentieth-century music, and includes special topics in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century English song, Brahms, and at MA level, Victorian hymnody. He is a member of the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Music at Durham, Artistic Advisor of the University’s professional concert series, MUSICON, Director of Postgraduate Studies and CD Editor for the journal Nineteenth-Century Music Review (CUP). In 2010 the Royal School of Church Music awarded him a Fellowship (FRSCM) for services to church music.

 Jeremy Dibble’s research specialisms lie in British and Irish music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, an area which includes not only composer studies, but also musical criticism and aesthetics, church music, hymnology, song, light music, opera and instrumental music. He is best known for his monographs C. Hubert H. Parry: His Life and Music (Oxford: OUP, 1992 rev. 1998) and Charles Villiers Stanford: Man and Musician (Oxford: OUP, 2002), John Stainer: A Life in Music (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2007), Michele Esposito (Dublin: Field Day Press, 2010) and for his edition of Parry’s Violin Sonatas for Musica Britannica (Vol. LXXX, 2003). He has also edited, with Bennett Zon, Volume 2 of Ashgate’s Nineteenth-Century British Music Studies (2002), and is musical editor of the forthcoming Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology (with Dick Watson); he has also contributed numerous essays to books including ‘Dannreuther and the Orme Square Phenomenon’ for British Music and Culture (eds. Bashford and Langley, 2000), ‘Elgar and his British Contemporaries’ to the Cambridge Companion to Elgar (eds. Rushton and Grimley, 2005), and Chapter 8, ‘Musical Trends and the Western Church: A Collision of the Ancient and Modern’, for Cambridge University Press’s World Christianities.
Source:  Durham University:   dur.ac.uk/music/staff   (abbreviated)

Tim Bridges

Degrees from the University of York, History;The University of Exeter, Mediaeval Studies.

Church Buildings Support Officer  Diocese of Hereford  since March 2012 
Conservation Adviser  The Victorian Society  October 2006  
Collections Manager Worcester City  January 1995 
Keeper of Archaeology  Worcester City  1985 1994

Highly respected as a lecturer and guide especially of Herefordshire Church architecture.

Fr Michael Fisher at a Hardman ExhibitionMichael J Fisher,
St Chad's Stafford,  is not only guardian of the oldest building in Stafford, and a priest in the Team Ministry, but an expert on Hardman and Victorian aesthetics. Fr Michael Fisher is a historian whose speciality is Gothic Revival architecture and design and its importance in Staffordshire. He has written (2002) Pugin-land: A.W.N.Pugin, Lord Shrewsbury and the Gothic Revival in Staffordshire

Hardman of Birmingham (Hardcover) 2008
Alton Towers: A Gothic Wonderland (Paperback) 1999
A Vision of Splendour: Gothic Revival in Staffordshire, 1840-90 (Paperback)1995.
'Gothic for Ever': AWN Pugin, Lord Shrewsbury, and the Rebuilding of Catholic England (2012)
Information: St Chad's Stafford website  http://www.stchadsstafford.co.uk/ 

James Berrow,  a life-long enthusiast for Bach and new music, Jim Berrow produced music and arts programmes for a major television broadcaster and now writes, edits and lectures on architecture and the history of the organ.

He was a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, is an honorary research fellow of the University of Birmingham and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Much of his time is involved with historic building conservation and he chairs the Birmingham Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches and is a lay assessor for the Register of Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC RIBA).
      Information:  Birmingham Bach Choir website  

 Anne Malpas,   Tony Malpas,  Arthur Davis introduce themselves,  ¶About Us


Acknowledgement of other contributions to the work.

Grateful thanks to the following:

The Hymns Ancient  & Modern Limited Trust for grant support for both the  conference and this book, 

The Hereford Diocesan Partnership Fund for grant support for the conference, 

Hereford Cathedral for sponsorship, 

The Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club of Herefordshire for a grant from the Smith Fund towards the cost of printing this book. 

Jane Lacey of Leominster Historical Society for a generous donation to support this publication in memory of her Aunt, Miss Louise Roberts, of  Wootton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, who was a keen local historian, 

Jean O’Donnell, MBE, President of the Herefordshire Local History Societies Day School Committee, and the Reverend David Bone of Tockington, Bristol, for help and support, 

The Churchwardens, Parochial Church Council and members of the congregation of All Saints’ Church, Monkland, and also the Rogers family of Manor Farm, for help and support in arranging the events on the Monkland Day of the conference, 

Andrew Fletcher for his playing of the organ to accompany John Harper’s talks on the Monkland day, 

For the Monkland Victorian Evensong: Officiant: The Rev John Theaker, Curate of Monkland in the Leominster Team Ministry; Cantor and preacher: Professor John Harper; Singers from Birmingham University Singers; Organist: Andrew Fletcher, 

Mr and Mrs L Boydell for kindly welcoming visitors to their residence, Horkesley House, Monkland, and for showing them around on the Monkland conference day, 

The Churchwardens and PCC of All Saints’ free access to the Monkland archive and for permission to reproduce the photograph of the Reverend Sir Henry Williams Baker in Monkland church and the photographs of his vestments as Plates 30–37 in this book, 

Hymns Ancient  & Modern Limited for the use of Plates facing pages cvi, cix and cxxi in the 1909 Historical Edition of Hymns Ancient  & Modern, 

Jim Berrow, Tim Bridges and Michael Fisher for photography (see plates for individual credits), 

Leominster Museum for permission to consult and put on display hymn books once belonging to the          Rev H W Baker and a first edition of Hymns Ancient  & Modern from Pudleston Church, Herefordshire, and to reproduce the title page of the first edition, 

Margaret Bent and Ruth Whiting for help and advice with the research for this book. 

The members of the Joint Organising Committee for the 2011 Conference remember with gratitude the work of the late Chris Sansom, colleague and friend.



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