Canon Sue Wallace to be Installed as Succentor at Truro Cathedral

Canon Sue has been a chaplain at Truro Cathedral for 18 months and will be installed as the Succentor during Sunday Choral Evensong on Sunday 17 March. Previously Canon Precentor at Winchester Cathedral, Sue will be installed by The Right Revd Hugh Nelson, Bishop of St Germans and acting diocesan Bishop of Truro.

Commenting on her invitation to become Succentor, Canon Sue Wallace, said “Truro Cathedral is a very special place, and I am thrilled and honoured to be invited to become Succentor. I look forward to continuing to work alongside our wonderful team of priests, musicians, vergers and volunteers as we join in the eternal song of heaven and share the love of Jesus with others in this beautiful part of Cornwall.”

Sue Wallace has been involved in leading church worship since she was a young child when she used to sing in the church choir with her father (who sang tenor). After attending the Bar Convent School, where she sang in the chapel choir, she went to Canterbury to study music teaching. After graduating she worked as Music and Arts Coordinator and later “vicar” of Visions in York for eighteen years.

Along the way she found herself doing multimedia Eucharists in cathedrals and writing a set of best-selling multi-sensory prayer books. Sue trained part-time at Mirfield and continued to study at the College of The Resurrection, Mirfield afterwards for an MA in liturgy.

Prior to her installation as Canon Precentor at Winchester Cathedral, Sue worked as a Precentor at Leeds Minster and volunteered as a chaplain at York Minster. Since 2019, she has worked for the charity The Transcendence Trust which helps churches in their liturgy and worship and was a lay clerk and volunteer-priest at Romsey Abbey. 

With the little spare time that she has left, Canon Sue enjoys sea-swimming (including winter sea-swimming), singing, playing the harp, and going out with Dylan the nine-month-old West Highland White Terrier. 

Dean of Truro Cathedral, Simon Robinson, said “I am delighted that Canon Sue Wallace will be installed as the cathedral Succentor. Sue brings a wealth of experience, skill and talent to the cathedral team. I thoroughly enjoy working with Sue and look forward to her continued contribution to the worshipping life of this great cathedral. This important formal moment recognises Sue as a Canon of the cathedral and validates her ministry amongst us.”

Traditionally, the Succentor role supports the Precentor in the leadership of the liturgical life of the cathedral. On Sunday 17 March, Choral Evensong will start at 16:00 and will be live-streamed on the cathedral’s website and YouTube channel.