Blackburn Cathedral

Blackburn Cathedral is one of England's newest Cathedrals, yet it is one of the country's oldest places of Christian worship. For many centuries, this has been the Parish Church of Blackburn dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin.

It continues as a place of prayer and worship and is at the centre of the Diocese which takes in almost the whole of Lancashire.

We welcome all to the Cathedral whether it is for worship, private prayer, guided tours, to enjoy the splendour of the building, at an event or concert, to enjoy refreshments in the café, visiting the gift shop or simply to shelter from the rain and enjoy the peace that the Cathedral provides.

The Very Reverend Peter Howell-Jones - Dean of Blackburn

Cathedral Clergy

The Very Reverend Peter Howell-Jones

Dean of Blackburn Cathedral

The Right Reverend Philip North

Bishop of Burnley, Residentiary Canon

Canon Andrew Hindley

Canon Sacrist

Canon Andrew Hindley, is the Canon Sacrist, whose chief responsibility is to plan all worship held in the Cathedral, and to work with the Director of Music and the choirs in co-ordinating the musical content of services and events.

Canon Hindley takes day to day responsibility for the care of the Cathedral fabric. In addition, he is a director of Blackburn Cathedral Developments, representing the Development Company and the Cathedral Chapter on the core group team focusing on delivering the new Cathedral Close development which opened in July 2016.

Appointed in 1996, he was previously the Rector of St. Wilfrid's, Ribchester and the Diocesan Advisor for Leisure and Tourism.

Canon Andrew Horsfall

Residentiary Canon / Hospital Chaplain

Canon Andrew Horsfall, Residentiary Canon and Hospital Chaplain.

Music Personnel

Samuel Hudson

Director of Music

Samuel Hudson took up the post of Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral in September 2011, where he leads one of the country’s most ambitious Cathedral Music programmes.

Before coming to Blackburn, Samuel simultaneously held posts as Director of Chapel Music at Girton College in Cambridge, College Organist at Haileybury School in Hertfordshire, Assistant Organist at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in London, and Assistant Director of Music at All Saints’ Church in Hertford. Also, in recognition of his work as the Musical Director of Swavesey Community Choir - a choral society just outside Cambridge – he was recently presented with a 2011 South Cambridgeshire Arts Award.

Shaun Turnbull

Assistant Director of Music

Shaun Turnbull took up the post of Assistant Director of Music in September 2012, where he accompanies many of the Cathedral’s choral services and assists in the running of the Music department. In his role at Blackburn, Shaun has broadcast on local radio, BBC One television, as well as Radio 2, 3 and 4. Shaun studied for a BMus(Hons) degree at Birmingham Conservatoire. Whilst there, he was an award winner of the Sir George Thalben-Ball Trust, and held organ scholarships at St Chad’s Cathedral and Solihull Parish Church; and was the first Symphony Hall Whitlock organ scholar. Shaun spent a further year at Birmingham, gaining a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) whilst working as organ scholar at Lichfield Cathedral.

John Bertalot

Organist Emeritus

Gill Fourie

Music Outreach Project Animateur

Jeff Borradaile

Music Outreach Project Animateur

Christopher Jones

Organ Scholar