​Dr June Nixon, AM

​Dr June Nixon announced today that she will be retiring from the position of Organist and Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral from February 2013.

“I was appointed by the then Dean, the Very Reverend Tom Thomas, on Boxing Day 1972, and after 40 years it seems an appropriate time in both my own life, and that of the Cathedral,” she said.

“I have done all possible to maintain and enhance the original Chapter’s vision for the Cathedral to have a choir of men and boys singing both services on Sunday and the office of Evensong during the week.  This responsibility for the music, for more than 11,000 services over the 40 years, has extended over one third of the life of the Cathedral, one third of the life of the Cathedral Choir, and considerably more than half of my own life.

“It will now be up to my successor to implement the current Chapter’s vision for the future of the Cathedral’s music. Whilst I will very much miss the daily music making with a choir of such enthusiastic and committed boys and men, I am very much looking forward to having more time to develop my musical life in other areas.”

The Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne and the Chair of the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral, Dr Philip Freier, on receiving Dr Nixon’s notice of retirement, said, “I wish to express my deep personal appreciation of Dr Nixon’s long and distinguished service in the life of the Cathedral.  I speak also on behalf of the Chapter in stating that June Nixon has maintained the highest of musical standards, caring for hundreds of boys and young men while training them in the best of choral music. We have been fortunate to have her outstanding and talented commitment to music in St Paul’s Cathedral. She will be missed.

“Along with her husband, Mr Neville Finney, they have been a great team, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in cathedral music and assisting in many avenues of fund raising. I am sure the Cathedral congregation, former choristers, and many others in the community will want to say their thanks also to Dr Nixon, and to express their best wishes for her future.”

Dr Nixon’s final Sunday is to be the 3rd of February, 2013, being exactly 40 years since her appointment.  An opportunity will be provided to say farewell to Dr Nixon following her return from long service leave in May 2013.

Canon Dr Ray Cleary
Acting Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral
Mob: 0419 371 613

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