Anne Harrison receives the Thomas Cranmer Award for Worship


Many congratulations to Executive Committee member Anne Harrison on receiving the Thomas Cranmer Award for Worship from the Archbishop of Canterbury at a ceremony in Lambeth Palace, London, on Friday 9th June.

The citation for the Award to Anne is set out below:

Anne Harrison – The Thomas Cranmer Award for Worship for her sustained and outstanding contribution to music in worship.

Having studied music at Oxford University, Anne Harrison taught music in London before moving to the Cambridgeshire Fens, and then to Durham where, in the mid-1990s, she became Music Co-ordinator at St John’s College with Cranmer Hall. This included time with ordinands, notably teaching a weekly ‘Preparation for Worship’ session with the liturgist, the late Michael Vasey.

She was co-ordinating editor of the Royal School of Church Music’s quarterly ‘Sunday by Sunday’ for ten years until 2012, during which period she received an Honorary ARSCM and completed an MA in Music and Liturgy at Leeds University.

Anne has been active in both the local RSCM and the Diocesan Liturgical Committee – leading Taizé services in Durham Cathedral and helping to shape courses and conferences bringing together music and liturgy.

Her two Grove Monographs – ‘Sing it Again: The Place of Short Songs in Worship’ (W176) and ‘Recovering The Lord’s Song: Getting Sung Scripture Back into Worship’ (W198) highlight two of her key interests: repeated short songs in worship (especially from the Taizé and Iona Communities), and sung Scripture, such as her Benedictus setting, published in ‘Common Worship Daily Prayer’.

Anne chaired the Editorial Group for ‘Sing Praise‘ (2010) and was a member of the editorial team for ‘Ancient and Modern’ (2013), both sub-titled ‘Hymns and Songs for Refreshing Worship‘.

She is a member of the Committee of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland and of the Group for the Renewal of Worship,
and a trustee of the Song and Hymn Writers’ Foundation. She writes on music, hymnody and song for ‘Praxis News of Worship’.
Her contribution has been outstanding.