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Installation of Andrew Nunn as Dean of Southwark – 21 January 2012

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Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark

Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark


Today was a day of celebration at Southwark Cathedral. Andrew Nunn was instituted and inducted as Rector of the Parish of St Saviour and All Hallows in the Diocese of Southwark. Seems quite normal, however with this post comes one of the most senior posts in the diocese. Following his institution and induction as Rector of the Parish, Andrew was installed as the Dean of Southwark.

Andrew has been in the diocese for many years, having been appointed Bishop’s Chaplain in 1994. In 1999 he was appointed Precentor and Sub-Dean (Vice-Provost as the post was called at the time). Following the sad death of ninth Dean of Southwark – Colin Slee – in late 2010, Andrew preached a moving sermon to the cathedral congregation the following Sunday (which I wrote about at the time).

Following a time for reflection, and the enthronement of +Christopher as the new Bishop of Southwark, the selection process for a new Dean progressed. On the 30 October 2010, Andrew Cameron, one of the Cathedral Wardens, made the announcement of the new Dean to the congregation at the end of Sunday service. He did not even get a chance to complete the name, before the congregation burst into spontaneous applause.

So onto today. The service of Institution, Induction and Installation took place as part of evensong. The service was sung by the Great Choir of Southwark Cathedral. The main procession had around 170 participants, having previously assembled in The Link on the north side of the building. The music for the service was:

  • Introit Anthem – I was Glad (Parry)
  • Versicles and Responses (Rose)
  • Psalms 31 & 126
  • Office Hymn – O Worship the Lord in the beauty of Holiness
  • Anthem – Ubi caritis (Duruflé)
  • Hymn – How shall I sing that majesty
  • Anthem – His eye is on the sparrow (S.A. Martin ) sung by the Choir of St Saviour’s and St Olave’s School
  • Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Dyson in D)
  • Anthem – All Wisdom cometh from the Lord (Philip Moore)
  • Anthem – The Lamb (John Tavener)
  • Hymn – Crown him with many crowns
  • Anthem – THe Aaronic Blessing (John Rutter)

Immediately preceding the Taverner anthem was the new Dean preached the sermon. As today is the Feast of St Agnes, he took this Saint as his theme. In the past week Andrew has visited her shrine in Rome. At the end of the sermon he reflected on a poem by William Blake, which John Tavener has set to music, leading into the singing of the anthem.

After the service official photographs of Andrew were taken at the High Altar. With both the diocesian photographers, family and friends taking pictures.

Photocall after the service

Photocall after the service

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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