The Rev Professor June Boyce-Tilllman
The Rev Professor June Boyce-Tillman MBE 2014-17
I read music at Oxford University. I taught for twenty-five years in London schools and then in higher education. I have published widely on music education, with a forthcoming book on spirituality and music education with perspectives from three continents. My doctoral research into children’s musical development has been translated into five languages.
I am Professor of Applied Music at the University of Winchester and artistic convenor of the Winchester Centre for the Arts as Well-being. I have supervised a number of research projects in this area and have lectured widely including the Association of Irish Choral Directors on Inclusive Choirs, at Limerick University, Music and Mindfulness at the international Society for Music Education in Brazil, a performative lecture on Singing and Memory Loss at Southampton and Winchester universities in the UK, Concordia University, Chicago and North West University. South Africa. I have talked on radical musical inclusion in performance in Estonia and Urbana Illinois.
I am Director of the Tavener Centre for Music and Spirituality and spoken and written widely on this subject, including a keynote for the International hymn society conference in Cambridge, on music for the Passion in Poole, on post secularism in Lithuania, on sexuality in Croydon, Yorkshire, Urbana, on Sir John Tavener in Oxford, on music and the spiritual experience in the British Association for Spirituality in Manchester, Riga university, Helsinki University of the Arts, in the International Society for Music Education in Glasgow and the Netherlands and the Nepal Music Centre. There was a study day in the area of Music and Spirituality in Winchester on Nov 11th 2016 and there will be one in 2017 on Nov 10th. I have performed one woman shows in this area in Brighton, Glastonbury, Yorkshire, St Andrews and Stellenbosch often concentrating on the spiritual themes such as the women mystics including Hildegard of Bingen. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm-_cfCvjjc). I have composed music for the Poole Passion and devised a new show with a Sudanese asylum seeker called Crossing Borders for Initiatives for change in Switzerland. I organise an interfaith every year using music entitled Space for Peace in Winchester Cathedral and other contexts. https://youtu.be/DlVuJvOR00I . I am a self-supporting Anglican priest and honorary chaplain to Winchester cathedral. I am a hymn writer and have written on music, healing, theology and spirituality. My collection of hymns and liturgical music A Rainbow to Heaven is used internationally. I was awarded an MBE for my services to music and education. I am concerned with dialogue through music and radical musical inclusion, composing large-scale works for cathedrals such as Winchester, Norwich and Southwark involving professional musicians, community choirs, children with disabilities and school children. These are on themes such as peace-making, justice seeking and the environment.
I have been appointed Extra-ordinary Professor at North West University, South Africa, where I completed papers at Potchefstroom, UNISA and Stellenbosch universities.
I am the overall editor of the series for the publisher Peter Lang on Music and Spirituality of which the following publications are available:
2014 In Tune with Heaven or Not: Women in Christian Liturgical Music, Oxford: Peter Lang
2016 Experiencing Music – Restoring the Spiritual – Music as wellbeing, Oxford: Peter Lang
(with Sarah Morgan) A River rather than a Road, The community choir as Spiritual experience, Oxford: Peter Lang
Unchained Melody: The rise of orality and the therapeutic use of singing. Chapter for the Oxford Companion for Singing