Michael Tavinor

Michael Edward Tavinor (born 11 September 1953)[1] is the current Dean of Hereford.

Life and career

Parents – Harold (d.1968) and Elsie (d.1989) Tavinor. Born Hayes, Middlesex. Educated – Minet Primary School, Hayes, Middlesex, Bishopshalt School, Hillingdon. University of Durham 1972-5. BA Hons in Music, Organ Scholar, University College. Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 1975-6, Postgraduate Certificate in Education. King’s College, London, 1976-7, Master of Music, Associate of King’s College. Associate of the Royal College of Organists, 1977. Teacher (music) Langleybury School, Watford, 1977-9. Studied for Ordination, Ripon College, Cuddesdon, 1979-82, Venerable English College, Rome, 1981-2. University of Oxford, BA (Theology), 1982, MA, 1986. Ordained Deacon, June 1982. Ordained Priest, June 1983. Assistant Curate, St Peter's Church, Ealing, London, 1982-5. Precentor, Sacrist and Minor Canon, Ely Cathedral, 1985-90, with Priest-in-Charge, Stuntney, 1985-90. Vicar, Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire, 1990-2002, with Twyning 1998-2002. Honorary Canon, Gloucester Cathedral, 1997-2002. Dean of Hereford May 2002 to present. Hon Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians, 2006. President of Church Music Society, 2009. Trinity St Davids, Lampeter, Master of Theology, 2010. Associate of the Royal School of Church Music, 2015.

Publications, compositions and contributions

(Ed.,) ‘Titles and Ermine Fall Behind’, Ode to Shakespeare, by William Boyce (1977.) Pilgrim Guide, Tewksbury Abbey, Canterbury Press, 1998. Pilgrim Guide, Hereford Cathedral, Canterbury Press, 2002. Hymn tune ‘Tewkesbury Abbey’ in New English Praise, Canterbury Press, 2006. Surely the Lord is in this place (SATB anthem), Encore Publications, 2005. Strengthen for Service, 100 Years of the English Hymnal, Canterbury Press, 2006. Sacred Space – House of God, Gate of Heaven, Continuum, 2007. Hymns Ancient and Modern and Henry Williams Baker, Leominster History Study Group, 2011. Saints and Sinners of the Marches, (with Canon Sandy Elliott), Logaston Press, 2012. Shrines of the Saints in England and Wales, Canterbury Press, 2016.


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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Robert Willis
Dean of Hereford
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