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Prestigious Award for Buxton Musician

Long Service on organ recognised by Archbishop

A Buxton musician has been presented with a prestigious award by the Archbishop of Canterbury for his outstanding contributions to worship in the Church.

Mr. Michael Williams, Director of Music at St. John’s Church in Buxton, has received the award for his long service as organist and choirmaster at the parish church where he has led the music programme since 1985.

The Most Revd Justin Welby, The Archbishop of Canterbury, said: “Michael Williams receives the Cranmer Award for the breadth, quality and longevity of an outstanding contribution to Christian worship and witness.”

The Cranmer Award for Worship was first awarded by Archbishop Justin Welby in March 2016. It is named after Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1533 to 1555, who wrote the Book of Common Prayer. It recognises outstanding contributions to worship in the Church.

Upon hearing the news that he had received the award, Michael said: “I feel enormously privileged. This is a great honour not just for me but for the choir who make it possible and the clergy who give us great encouragement and support.”
Michael has also been instrumental in establishing the Buxton Festival as a major international event, within which the church has a central role, not least through the BBC Radio 4 broadcast of a Festival Mass, alongside numerous other musical and liturgical events.

He was appointed MBE in 1997 for services to the arts in Buxton.


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Mr Michael Williams at St John's Parish Church
Mr Michael Williams at St John's Parish Church
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