Wycliffe Hall's Artist in Residence

Wycliffe Hall is delighted to announce the appointment of David Clifton as its new Artist in Residence. David used to be Director of Music at St. Paul's Onslow Square, Worship leader at Holy Trinity Brompton, then Director of Music in the three churches of the Tollington Parish north London, and, since 2009, has been Director of Music and Creative Arts at Apostles’ Anglican Church in Knoxville Tennessee. 

He is an immensely versatile musician, having been a choral scholar at Peterborough Cathedral, and part of the Indie Rock Band Sensible Jerseys that was discovered and championed by BBC broadcasting legend, John Peel. He has played for some of the UK’s leading artists including Julia Fordham, Tanita Tikaram, and Mary Coughlan, and also recorded for Matt Redman, Robin Mark and Graham Kendrick amongst others, as well as continuing to produce his own solo projects.


He is at home in folk (see video), rock, jazz, blues, liturgical and classical styles, and he plays guitar, piano and Appalachian claw-hammer banjo! He is also an accomplished artist and ceramicist. 

Michael Lloyd, Principal of Wycliffe Hall, comments: ‘I am thrilled at this appointment. I have long wanted to have an Artist in Residence at Wycliffe, because human beings are made in the image of the Creator and are therefore intrinsically creative. It is part of who God made us to be. And the arts help shape what people can imagine, which then influences what people can believe. Christian artists therefore have a vital role to play in the mission of the Church. 
‘David is an exceptionally gifted and diverse musician, and I know he will help Wycliffe to up its game in the musical expression of worship. He will mentor other worship leaders, as well as encourage creativity in the community as a whole. And he will compose new songs and create new ceramics to add more beauty to our college and beyond. I am very excited at the possibilities and very grateful to the wonderfully generous donors who have made this possible.’ 

David writes from quarantine in a basement flat: ‘I am absolutely delighted to be joining Wycliffe Hall College as Artist in Residence, and I would like to thank Michael and all those who have made this appointment possible. I am aware that I have much to learn, and hope and pray I will also have much to give from my experience in parish church worship, and in the wider music and arts realm.’