Geraldine Luce, a member of LST Music Faculty, has been honoured in this year’s Archbishop of Canterbury Lambeth Awards, with the Thomas Cranmer Award for Worship. The award was made for her significant contribution to music in Christian worship, as a singer-songwriter, worship leader, choir director, teacher and recording artist. Geraldine was at Lambeth Palace to collect the award on Tuesday 8th March with her husband Carey.
The Full Citation reads as follows:
“Geraldine Latty BA (Hons), ARSCM – The Thomas Cranmer Award for Worship
For her significant contribution to music in Christian worship, as a singer-songwriter, worship leader, choir director, teacher and recording artist.
Geraldine Latty is a versatile encourager and enabler of those who use their musical gifts in worship, as well as making her own important contribution – as singer, songwriter and choral director – with passion and distinction. In her lectures for the London School of Theology, in her vocal coaching and mentoring of worship leaders, in her ‘Sing Gospel’ sessions for community choirs, she serves, develops and enriches the praises and prayers of the people of God. Her warmth, enthusiasm and love for Jesus shine through when she sings, whether in church, at Spring Harvest, as a soloist on BBC radio and TV, or in videos about new songs made with her husband, Carey Luce. Together they have released four CDs – supplying resources to help others learn and perform the material – in addition to Geraldine’s earlier solo albums.
Geraldine’s ability to encourage and equip young songwriters is remarkable. Her own songs (some published in Methodist and other resources) are biblically based and varied in expression: she does not shy away from the dark side of human existence, lamenting while exploring hope, as in her song ‘Lord, you hear the cry of the widow weeping’.
During the restrictions on gathering for worship and choir rehearsals caused by Covid, Geraldine worked tirelessly to enable choirs to rehearse online, sharing her wisdom and practical skills by producing a guide, First Steps to Running an Online Choir Rehearsal. She continues to be a joyful inspiration to church musicians of many hues.“
Geraldine commented “I am humbled before God as I hear that somehow ‘what I do’ is a blessing to others. This of course would not be possible without the invaluable wisdom and practical support of others and so here today I am honoured and thankful”.