** UPDATED MARCH 2020 **
Our Benefice is currently in Interregnum, as Rev. Chloe has been called by God to take on a new Parish. She goes with our very best wishes, following the outstanding work she did in her seven years leading our flock in Brixworth. She will be very much missed, but we also look to the future with renewed optimism and excitement as we look to the new incumbent joining us.
In the interim, our services will be taken by regular guest priests, and members of our lay ministry. You will still very much find a warm welcome, and something for everyone.
OUR PREVIOUS RECTOR
Chloe Wilson-Thomas is the Rector in charge of Brixworth and Holcot. She took charge from 20 April 2013, and has taught in Northampton and Leicester.
Chloe was ordained in 2009 and served her curacy in Knighton, Leicester. She trained for ordination at Ripon College, Cuddesdon in Oxford, and describes her churchmanship as central. Her first degree is in Music and she also has a post grad diploma in advanced musical performance from the RNCM (Manchester). She has been completing a theology degree at Oxford University.
Prior to ordination she was a freelance professional singer and singing teacher, living in Oadby, Leicester. She has sung with the Ambrosian opera chorus, been a vocal coach for Leicester Cathedral Choir, singing teacher for Northampton Music Service and also taught singing at Northampton High School for Girls. She is (obviously) passionate about music and theology, and combining them creatively in worship, and also very interested in singing and the speaking voice and has given workshops to help clergy with vocal problems. She is also Interested in interfaith work especially Hinduism.
She also enjoys photography, piano, painting and sketching. She loves languages and especially enjoys speaking Italian. Her father was Professor of German at Leicester University – he also worked at Bletchley Park during the war decoding Japanese and Italian messages.
Chloe’s husband, Gwion Thomas, is a Welsh-speaking Welshman who is a freelance opera and concert soloist. He is due to sing at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in the autumn in Mark Anthony Turnage’s opera—“Greek”. He also teaches singing at Birmingham Conservatoire. They have three children: Angharad (Anna) (17), Huw (15) and Sian (11).