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The Reverend Professor June Boyce-Tillman MBE is Professor of Applied Music. She attended Hugh's College, Oxford, where she read Music. June then went on to teach in London in both primary and secondary schools, as part of her work with the Inner London Education Authority's Centre for Young Musicians. After her pioneering work, which introduced activities where children could compose their own music in the classroom, June completed her PhD at the Institute of Education Towards a Model of the Musical Development of Children.

June's research in this area has had an international influence, having been translated into 4 different languages, and has led her to lecture, give papers and lead workshops across the world, which is work that she still continues. June's work has led to her presenting for BBC Schools Radio, and her position as the Music in Education Section of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.

June leads the Hildegard Network, formed in 1995 when more than 150 people gathered in Winchester for an international conference. Drawing from a wide range of countries and cultures, the breadth and depth of the participants reflected the eclectic and holistic inspiration which was displayed by Hildegard herself, 900 years ago.

Juneis the Convenor of the University'sTavener Centre for Music and Spirituality, part of theCentre for the Arts as Wellbeing, part of the interdisciplinary and collaborativeHealth and Wellbeing Research Group. It was research on Hildegard that brought her in touch with Tavener, whosaw Hildegard as a kindred spirit in her view of the origin and purpose of music.

Juneis Series Editor of theMusic and Spirituality Series.

June is also Extraordinary Professor at North West University, USA.

Higher Education Teaching Qualification: Higher Education Academy Fellowship (FHEA).


1972 New Orbit, London: Stainer & Bell.

1974 New Horizon, London: Stainer & Bell.

1976 Exploring Sound, London: Stainer & Bell.

1980 The Galliard Book of Carols, London: Stainer & Bell.

1982 Thirty-two Galliard Spirituals, London: Stainer & Bell.

1983 Kokoleoko, Basingstoke: Macmillan.

1983 Forty Music Games to Make and Play, Basingstoke: Macmillan.

1985 Mrs Macaroni, Basingstoke: Macmillan.

1988 Who Are You Looking For?, London: Women in Theology.

1988 Unfinished Journey, London: Hildegard Press.

1989 The Oxford Assembly Book, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

1990 Greenwood (Music Editorship), Ecumenical Forum of European Women.

1990 The Christmas Search, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press .(pp128)

1991 Light the Candles, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

1992 Broken Silence (Music), London: Women in Theology.

1992 On Forgiveness, London: Women in Theology.

1993 Reflecting Praise, London: Stainer & Bell and London: Women in Theology.

1993 In Praise of All-encircling Love Hymns and Songs in Inclusive Language (Book & Tape), The Hildegard Press and the Association for Inclusive Language.

1993 A Meditation with Hildegard of Bingen (Tape), The Hildegard Press.

1995 Singing the Mystery, 28 Liturgical Pieces by Hildegard of Bingen (Transcriber and Translator), London: Hildegard Press.

1995 In Praise of All-encircling Love II, Hymns and Songs in Inclusive Language and other Liturgical Pieces, London: Hildegard Press and The Association for Inclusive Language.

2000 Constructing Musical Healing: The Wounds that Sing, London: Jessica Kingsley.

2000 The Creative Spirit: Harmonious Living with Hildegard of Bingen, Norwich: Canterbury Press, US: Morehouse.

2006 A Rainbow to Heaven, London: Stainer & Bell.

2007 Ecological Celebration, London: Hildegard Press.

2007 Unconventional Wisdom, London: Equinox.

2010 Revealing Hidden Wisdom: Women Finding a Voice in Hymnody, Occasional Paper Third Series No 3, The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

2014 Conversing with the congregation: the sermon as performance art. Chapter in Isherwood, Lisa and Wootton, Janet (2013), The Challenge of Preaching the Gospel, Winchester: Institute for Theological Partnerships Publishing, pp 147-190.

2014In Tune with Heaven or Not: Women in Christian Liturgical Music, Oxford, Bern, Brussels, Frankfurt am Main, NY, Vienna: Peter Lang Paperbook: 978-3-o343-1777-1, ebook 978-3-0353-0613-2.

2014 Music and Well-being, The Journal of Transdisciplinary Research in South Africa, November, Vol 10 No 2, 12-33.

Preti, C. and Boyce-Tillman, J. (2014). Elevate, Using the Arts to Uplift People in Hospital, Research Report. Winchester: University of Winchester.

Boyce-Tillman, June (2015), Experiencing Composing/Improvising in the Classroom, Tsubono, Yukiko ed.), Journal of Creative music Activity for children vol. 3, Tokyo, Japan: Institute of Creative Music Activity for Children pp 78-109.

2016Experiencing Music Restoring the Spiritual, music as Wellbeing, Oxford, Bern, Brussels, Frankfurt am Main, NY : Peter Lang ISBN 978-3-0343-1952-2.

Morgan, Sarah and Boyce-Tillman, June (2016), A River rather than a Road: The community choir as spiritual experience, Oxford, Bern, Brussels, Frankfurt am Main, NY, Vienna: Peter Lang. 978-3-0343-2265-2.

Boyce-Tillman, June (2016), Dominique Pire, Chapter in Dialogue Theories pp220- 233), London: Dialogue Society ISBN1117039.

Boyce-Tillman,June (2016), Music as Spiritual Experience. In Schmidt, Bettina E. (2016), The Study of Religious Experience: Approaches and Methodologies, Sheffield and Bristol: Equinox, pp151-159 ISBN: 978-1-78179-257-5.

Boyce-Tillman, June (2016), Heavenly Discourses: Myth, Astronomy and Culture. In Campion, Nicholas (2016), Heavenly Discourses: The Proceedings of the Heavenly Discourses: Myth, Astronomy and Culture conference held in Bristol, UK 14-16 October 2011, Ceredigion, Wales: SophiaCentre press, pp 181-194 ISBN: 978-1-907767-07-4.

Boyce-Tillman, June (2016), Hidden Wisdom: Hymns in women's liturgies and lives, In Hoondert, Martin J.M. (Tilburg 2016), Hymns in Liturgy and Life:Kirchenlieder in Liturgie und Leben, Internationalen Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Hymnologie/ International Fellowsjip for Research of Hymnology, Proceedings of the International Joint Conference of Hymnology, Cambridge, UK, 26th July to 1st August 2015 Part 1 Main Lectures, pp 103-171.

Boyce-Tillman, June (2016) Unchained Melody: The Rise of Orality and Therapeutic Singing. In Welch, Graham, Howard David M. and Nix John eds,The Oxford Handbook of Singing, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Boyce-Tillman, June (2016), A Christian Foundation: the creation of Foundation Music at the University of Winchester. In CUAC (Colleges and universities of the Anglican Communion), Occasional Papers on Faith in Higher Education Number 2, November 20016, pp 67-92.

Boyce-Tillman , June (2017), June Boyce-Tillman: Outsider, Feminist and Religious Advocate. In Christensen, Ann-Dorte and Norheim, Marit Benthe (2017), A Shipload of womens memories: Narratives across borders, Aalborg: Aalborg University Press, pp 86-89.

Boyce-Tillman, June (2017), The effects of the gendered musical canon, Forte, University of West London, London College 0f Music examinations Spring 2017, pp 2-5.

Boyce-Tillman, June (ed.) (2017), Spirituality and Music Education: Perspectives from Three Continents, Oxford, Bern, Brussels, Frankfurt am Main, NY, Vienna: Peter Lang.

Boyce-Tillman, June, Crystallising the Angels: A methodological proposal for the study of angels, Journal for the Study of Religious Experience, 3.1 (2017) 3-22

Boyce-Tillman (2017), Transforming our Vision. Contribution to Inclusive Church (2017),Calling from the Edge, London: St Martin in the Fields and Inclusive Church p 15.

Boyce-Tillman (2017, An Ecology of Health Guild News (The Quarterly from The Guild of Health and St Raphael, October to December, 25-27.

Boyce-Tillman (2017), How women shared with me, Network, A journal for all women interested in spirituality, theology, ministry and liturgy Winter issue No. 133, 4-7.

Boyce-Tillman, June (2017), A Biomechanical universe? Music and humanity, Incorporated Society of Musicians Music Journal Nov/Dec,15-17

Boyce-Tillman, June December 2017), The language of music, interview with June Boyce-Tillman By Maria Giulia Marini. Chronicle of Narrative Medicine, Chronache di Medicina Narrativa, No 37.

Liberating language and concepts of the divine in contemporary hymnody Verbum et Ecclesia Vol 38, No 2 (2017), p. 9 pages, nov. 2017. ISSN 2074-7705.

Boyce-Tillman, June (2018) Shovelling Fog. Chapter in Boyce-Tillman, June (ed.) (2017), Spirituality and Music Education: Perspectives from Three Continents, Oxford, Bern, Brussels, Frankfurt am Main, NY, Vienna: Peter Lang.

Boyce-Tillman, June (2018), The Complete Musician: The Formation of the Professional Musician. Chapter in Christophersen, Catharina and Kenny, Ailbhe (eds.), Musician-Teacher Collaborations: Altering the chord, NY and London: Routledge, pp 108-120.

Boyce-Tillman, J. (2018) Freedom Song: Faith, Abuse, Music and Spirituality. A Lived Experience of Celebration (Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, Music and Spirrituality Series)


Choir and orchestra compositions

  • The Great Turning (2014)
  • The Myth of the Titanic (2012)
  • In a Golden Coach (2012)
  • Weaving Wisdoms Way (2011)
  • Enfolded in Love (2010)
  • Step into the Picture: Life of Jesus (2008)
  • A Greening Branch (2002)
  • Between (2002)
  • The Call of the Ancestors (1998)
  • The Healing of the Earth (1997)

Standard compositions

  • The Wessex Suite (1999 & 2010)
  • Lifegiving Music (1999)
  • The Beautiful Perfumes of Goodness (1998)
  • Weaving a Fragrance (1998)
  • Strengthening Love (1998)
  • Greening Force (1998)
  • Exiles (1996)
  • Hildegard of Bingen A Life Apart (1996)
  • Postcards (1996)
  • Healing (1996)
  • Anointing the Wounds (1996)
  • Lullaby for the World (2000)
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