People

Rector: 
Rev’d Canon W Douglas Kornahrens, PhD was Rector at Holy Cross from 1983. He retired in October 2018, and he and his wife Arabella will be very much missed by the congregation and local community.

A number of local priests are leading services in the interim period until a new Rector is appointed.

See the monthly From the Rector update.

Organist and Choirmaster: Vaughan Townhill
Vaughan has been organist and choirmaster at Holy Cross since 1990.

He is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where he was a prize-winner for clarinet. He was a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral as a boy, and Bass Lay Clerk at St Mary’s Cathedral while a student at the RSAMD. For 35 years he was Director of Music at Cargilfield School in Edinburgh and retired in December 2008.

Vaughan is a founder committee member of Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust, an organisation promoting orchestral playing for young people. He is principal clarinet of the Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra, a member of Doune Wind Quintet and soloist with other orchestral ensembles. As a soloist he has performed concertos with Scottish Sinfonia, Philomusic, the East Lothian Players and Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra.

He has conducted Opera Camerata, the Edinburgh Players and with his school choir performed some of the great Choral works, including The Christmas Oratorio, The Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria. He is the conductor of Dunbar and District Choral Society; in 2010 they performed Brahms German Requiem and in May 2011 they performed Messiah.

Follow the link to find out about the music and choir at Holy Cross.

Holy Cross Church has a strong base of active, committed members. Many members play a key role as volunteers in all aspects of the life of the church.

Church office bearers
Secretary to the Vestry:             Nicole Elvin
Church Treasurer:                      Sylvia Vass
Rector’s Warden:                        Neil Swinnerton
People’s Warden:                        Kate Hilton
Lay Representative:                    Neil Swinnerton
Alternate Lay Representative:  Kate Hilton
Gift Aid Secretary:                      Tim Sale

Volunteers are involved in many activities, usually on a rota basis.  All activities involving children and young people are run by members who have been vetted as required by government legislation.

Activities and roles include:

  • Servers, welcomers and readers for church services
  • Flower arranging and church decoration
  • Sunday School leaders
  • Crèche supervisors
  • Preparing and serving refreshments
  • Gardening
  • Church cleaning and polishing

Are you interested in volunteering for any of these or other activities in the life of our church? Please speak to the Rector or get in touch at web@holycrossedinburgh.org

 

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