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The succentor ("under-singer"[1]) is the assistant to the precentor, typically in an ancient cathedral foundation, helping with the preparation and conduct of the liturgy including psalms, preces and responses. In English cathedrals today, the priest responsible for liturgy and music is usually the precentor, but some cathedrals, such as St Paul's, Southwark Cathedral [1], and Durham, retain a succentor as well. Lichfield used the title "subchanter". Westminster Abbey also retains the tradition; Brecon Cathedral has only a succentor, and no precentor.[2] The succentor is normally a minor canon.[3][4]

Radley College appears to be unique in having a lay succentor, who is the college organist and assistant to the lay precentor, the director of music.[5]


  1. ^ "Succentor: definition of succentor in Oxford Dictionary (British & World English)". Oxford Dictionaries Online. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  2. ^ "Who's Who? : Brecon Cathedral". Brecon Cathedral website. Archived from the original on 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  3. ^ "St Paul's personnel". St Paul's Cathedral website. The Dean and Chapter of St Paul's. Archived from the original on 2007-03-22. Retrieved 2007-04-19. 
  4. ^ "Who's who". Durham Cathedral website. Chapter of Durham Cathedral. 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-10-09. Retrieved 2007-04-19. 
  5. ^ "Email Directory - Radley College". Archived from the original on 2014-04-08. Retrieved 2014-04-08.