Cathedral Canon moves to new parish in New York

Cathedral Canon moves to new parish in New York

18th May 2014

Canon Carl Turner has been appointed as Rector of St Thomas' Church, Fifth Avenue, New York.

St Thomas' in Manhattan has a long history of outstanding choral music; its men and boys choir is conducted by John Scott, the former organist and director of music of St Paul's Cathedral.

Canon Turner, 54 said it was a "wrench" to leave Exeter Cathedral but a great honour to be asked to lead St Thomas' Church, as its 13th Rector in 190 years.

He said:

"After thirteen happy and fulfilling years at Exeter it is now the right time for my wife and I to move to a new challenge. St Thomas, Fifth Avenue, New York is a wonderful parish with world-class music and the only church affiliated choir school in North America; much of what I have learned as a Precentor in an English Cathedral will stand me in good stead. At the same time, we will feel sad leaving many friends and some wonderful colleagues. Although I shall miss Cathedral life and Exeter Cathedral Close in particular, I shall relish the chance to be a parish priest again and shall always remember with fondness the Diocese of Exeter and our beautiful county of Devon where we have attempted to share together the good news of Jesus Christ."

He was appointed Precentor of Exeter Cathedral in 2001 and is Head of the Department of Liturgy and Music.  He is responsible for all the Cathedral's worship and music and works closely with the Cathedral Choir School. He is married to Alison, who is the head of Exeter Junior School, and they have three adopted children.

The Dean of Exeter Cathedral, Very Revd Jonathan Draper, said: "We are delighted for Carl with this appointment, his musical and liturgical skills will be able to flourish.  We thank him for all he has given to Exeter Cathedral over more than a decade; his departure will leave a gap and we need to think about how we replace him.

We wish him, Alison and his family all the very best as they make this move."

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