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The Canon Precentor is Tom Clammer. He is head of the Department of Liturgy and Music and responsible for devising and delivering all services at the Cathedral.


Born in Sheffield in 1980, Tom studied Geography at the University of Sussex, and then worked as a parish assistant for one year at St Barnabas’ Church, Dulwich Village, South London. Between 2002 and 2005 Tom trained for ordination at Westcott House theological college in Cambridge. In July 2005 Tom was ordained deacon by the Bishop of Gloucester, and served his Title in the parish of Longlevens, a suburban parish on the northern edge of Gloucester city. In October 2008 Tom was installed as Priest in Charge of Deerhurst with Apperley, Forthampton, Chaceley, and Tredington with Stoke Orchard and Hardwick, a rural benefice with a wide range of worshipping styles and population types. He also held the post of Diocesan Worship Officer in Church House, Gloucester.


Tom has published two papers on the theology of ordination, and a training course which is now being used nationally to train lay people in the leadership of worship. He is currently reading for a PhD in Liturgical Theology through the University of Winchester.


Tom became Canon Precentor at Salisbury Cathedral in April 2012.