Other Committee Members


Other committee members serve for a three-year term.
If elected for a further term, they cannot be reappointed for one year.

 

Mr Terence Atkins

(2014*)

Biography

Terence Atkins studied at the Royal College of Music and the Universities of London and Birmingham, and he was Organ Scholar at St George’s, Windsor. He has been Organist and Choirmaster of Barnet Parish Church since 1976 and Director of the Elstree Singers for almost 30 years. He is currently President of the Enfield and District Organists’ Association. Introduced to the Hymn Society by John Wilson, Terence has attended every conference since 1974. He was responsible for the Classified Index to the Bulletin (Vols. I-X) and has continued to index subsequent volumes. He represented the Society as organist at the International Conference in North America in 2003, and he accompanied the Festival of Hymns in Chester Cathedral in 2005 and in Waltham Abbey at the 75th Anniversary Conference in 2011.

 
 

Mr John Crothers

(2016*)

Biography

John Crothers was born in 1948 in Belfast, N. Ireland. He was Organist and Director of Music successively in Presbyterian, Methodist and Church of Ireland (anglican) churches, as well as Chair of the RSCM in Ireland. Professionally, he moved to Lisburn, Co Antrim in 1978 to teach Modern Languages in Grammar School before moving permanently to France in 2001.

He now lives in the suburbs of Paris, where for a number of years he taught English at university level to future musicians, politicians, journalists and military officers.

He retired from full-time activity in 2014, but still accompanies services in churches in the Paris area, organises and directs the annual RBL Remembrance Service in Notre-Dame Cathedral, and broadcasts on French radio. In particular, he has introduced French listeners, and those listening by Internet, to the very 'British' concept of 'Nine Lessons and Carols'.

He has been Chair of RSCM France since its inception, is a member of the HSGBI Executive Committee, a regular contributor to the HSGBI Bulletin and has composed a number of hymn tunes which have been published in various collections and recorded on CD. He is a 'Jubilate' composer and is currently writing a biography of a Northern Irish musician.

 
 

Mr Martin Ellis

(2015*)

Biography

Martin Ellis has been a member of The Hymn Society for 35 years and a member of the Executive, on and off, for nearly a quarter of a century! He was a member of the Music and General Committees that produced Hymns & Psalms in 1983, contributing several tunes to the publication. He conducted The Hymn Society Act of Praise at the Exeter Conference in 1980, the 1986 event in Guildford Cathedral, on the occasion of the Society ' s Golden Jubilee and, in 2006, the Festival of Hymns at the Conference celebrating the Seventieth Anniversary of the Society, also held in Guildford; the occasion took place in St Martin's Church, Dorking and was recorded for BBC Radio Two's Sunday Half Hour. In 2011 Martin celebrated a quarter of a century as Director of Music and Organist at St Martin 's Church. He is Ecumenical Officer for the Methodist Church in the South East District in Surrey.

 
 

Mr Julian Elloway

(2014)

Biography

To Follow

 
 

The Revd Dr Gordon Giles

(2016*)

Biography

Gordon Giles was born in London. He studied music and aesthetics at Lancaster University, followed by an M.Litt. in Philosophy at Cambridge. He worked as Chaplain for the Missions to Seafarers in the North-east of England before studying theology at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. Having served a curacy at The Good Shepherd, Cambridge, he was Succentor of St Paul's Cathedral in London (1998-2003), singing choral services and working on large scale events such as the service after the 9/11 bombings, Millennium and Jubilee services. Since 2003 he has been Vicar of St Mary Magdalene, Enfield, and in 2008 also became director of Post-Ordination Training in the Edmonton Episcopal Area of London Diocese. He has written several books on church music, hymnody and liturgy and, in 2012, the Hymn Society booklet Praying Thrice. He writes a regular hymn meditation in the RSCM's Church Music Quarterly, is an editor of the newly published Ancient and Modern hymnbook and a Director of the English Hymnal Company. He was recently awarded a Ph.D. by Middlesex University for his work on hymnody, liturgy and musicology. He is married to Jessica, and they have a daughter Maria.

 
 

Mr Alan Hall

(2014*)

Biography

Alan was born in 1938 in Newport (Gwent) and educated at Newport High School and the universities of Oxford and York (reading Biological Sciences) then enjoyed a full teaching career in Wales. He was recognised as a Local Preacher in the Methodist Church in 1965, and plays the organ in his local church in Abergavenny most Sundays. He is also a member of two choral societies and of the Unicorn Singers.

Although he lives in south-eastern Wales, he is a frequent visitor to the Continent and has served as external examiner for Biology in the European Baccalaureate. In retirement he has taught for two spells at the Red Cross Nordic United World College in western Norway which has continued to invite him to help with their field-studies weekends.

His main interest and preference in hymnody is the classical period of the 18th century; on the whole he dislikes that of the 19th century and has no sympathy with the "pop" idiom, whether that be Sankey, Beaumont or modern "charismatic" worship-song, but welcomes the use of folk-tunes. He wishes that continental hymnody, especially that from Germany and Scandinavia, was more widely known in the UK, particularly that of the great modern Swedish hymnodist Anders Frostensson.

 
 

Mrs Anne Harrison

(2016)

Biography

Anne Harrison lives in Durham with her husband, Jamie. She taught music in a London school and later worked as Music Co-ordinator for St John’s College, Durham, then for the Royal School of Church Music. She has written two Grove booklets, Sing it Again: The Place of Short Songs in Worship (2003), and Recovering the Lord’s Song: Getting Sung Scripture back into Worship (2009). For ten years Anne led the team producing the RSCM’s quarterly liturgy and music planner, Sunday by Sunday. She edits the music pages of Praxis News of Worship, and has been a director of Jubilate Hymns. Chairing the editorial team for the hymnbook supplement, Sing Praise (2010), and sharing in the preparation of the most recent Ancient & Modern hymnal (2013) have enabled her to bring together material from a wide range of musical traditions.

 
 

The Revd Professor Dr Elsabé Kloppers

(2015)

Biography

Dr Elsabé Kloppers holds doctorates in Theology and Musicology, is a lecturer in Practical Theology at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and teaches hymnology and liturgical studies at various institutions. She has been editor of the Journal for the South African Church Organists Society, Coordinator of the Institute for Music Research at the National Research Foundation and part of the Swedish-South African Research Network (SSARN) on Music and Identity. A minister in the Dutch Reformed Church, she served on the committees for a new Afrikaans hymnal (Liedboek van die Kerk 2001) and has made a substantial contribution regarding ecumenical texts and translations. Elsabé is a member of various societies, publishes in many scholarly journals and has wide international experience – as Resident Scholar at the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, Minnesota , USA , she travels widely and attends numerous international conferences. Her ongoing activities include teaching, research, hymn writing and, of course, travelling.

 
 

Mr Nicholas Markwell

(2015)

Biography

To Follow

 
 

Mr Gordon Taylor

(2014)

Biography

Gordon Taylor, a lifelong Salvationist, with family roots going back to the earliest days of The Salvation Army, has been researching and writing about Salvation Army songs and their authors for more than 40 years. He compiled a historical Companion to The Song Book of The Salvation Army, 1986, was a member of the Song Book Council which prepared the 2015 edition of the Song Book, and is currently completing a two-volume biography of William Booth, the Founder of The Salvation Army. He has contributed an article on Salvation Army hymnody to the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology. Gordon has been a member of The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland since 1973.

 
 

The Revd Claire Wilson

(2016*)

Biography

Claire Wilson was born in 1943 and grew up in Dartford. She developed an early enthusiasm for hymns. Her parents' perpetual search for an ideal nonconformist spiritual home ensured Claire became familiar with many hymnbooks! The family finally became Pentecostals, but, at fifteen, Claire joined the Anglican Church.

Claire read theology and German at Hull University . After two years in Frankfurt-am-Main working at the Berlitz language-school, she returned to London and taught German and Religious Education at Hampstead Comprehensive School . She is married with two sons.

In the 1980's Claire joined the Movement for the Ordination of Women, and was among the first deaconed in St Paul 's Cathedral in 1987. She became a priest when it was permitted in 1994. Following a curacy at St Peter's, Belsize Park, London, Claire was, for twelve years, Associate Vicar at All Saints, Chingford. One of the most enjoyable aspects being choosing hymns each week in consultation with various talented young organists.

Claire retired in 2009. She and Robin moved back to Hampstead, where Claire has become involved at Emmanuel Church, West End Green. She joined The Hymn Society in 2010.

 
 
 
 

* = completing a second 3 year term of service and, therefore, not eligible for re-election for a year when their term is complete.