Canon James Mustard, Precentor of Exeter Cathedral is to preach. James is an old friend of Jeremy Davies and a Wiltshire man having gone to Dauntsey’s School.
The Revd Canon James Mustard was born in Bristol and raised in Salisbury. He studied Music at the University of Exeter where he was also a Choral Scholar of Exeter Cathedral, after which he spent five years as a professional singer, working with the Collegium Vocale Gent, La Chapelle Royal Paris and Ex Cathedra of Birmingham, as well as other freelance work.
He trained for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge, where he read Theology at Clare College, and was ordained in Norwich in 2005, where he served as Curate to the church of St Peter Mancroft. He subsequently served at St Peter’s Church Eaton Square and as Rector of East Barnet, both in London. In 2018, he returned to Exeter Cathedral and was installed as Canon Precentor, overseeing the Cathedral’s music and liturgy, a role which combines his calling to ordained ministry with his passion for music and singing.
Quoque Plures Mulieres (an approximate translation of ‘Too Many Women’) was formed in 2013 to give busy, musical ladies an opportunity to sing services and occasional concerts. Our name came about in response to several members of the choir being unable to join another local group owing to many more women than men auditioning. QPM has sung services in Salisbury and Southwark Cathedrals as well as several churches in the diocese. Director Alison Malcolm is also the Director of Music at the Abbey Church of St Mary and St Melor, Amesbury.