Patrick Appleford


Patrick Robert Norman Appleford (1925–2018) was an English Anglican priest and hymn-writer. Along with Geoffrey Beaumont and others, he was a founder of the “Twentieth Century Church Light Music Group” around 1960, which significantly affected the development of hymn-writing and hymn-singing across English-speaking churches from that time onwards.


It was at Trinity College, Cambridge, where Beaumont was chaplain, that he found his vocation to the priesthood. He studied for the ministry at Chichester and served his first curacy at All Saints Poplar, in the East End of London from 1952-8. He then served as chaplain of Bishops’ College, Cheshunt (1958-61). From 1961 to 1966 he served with USPG, then moved to Lusaka, Zambia as Dean and Rector of Holy Cross Cathedral until 1972. On his return to England he was curate-in-charge of Sutton St Nicholas with Sutton St Michael (1973-75), then Chelmsford Diocesan Director of Education (1975-90) and Canon of Chelmsford Cathedral (1978-90).


He died on 9 December 2018 at the age of 93.