In Tune With Heaven Or Not

Women in Christian Liturgical Music

by June Boyce-Tillman (Author)
Monographs X, 318 Pages
Series: Music and Spirituality, Volume 1


This book explores the alliance of theology and music in the Christian liturgical tradition, interrogating the challenges posed by the gendered nature of church leadership in many areas of its life. It examines the relationship between theology, spirituality and music, concentrating on women’s perceptions of these. The title draws on the Report of the Archbishop’s Commission on Church Music from 1992 which was entitled In Tune with Heaven. It questions the absence of women’s voices and experiences from the literature and attempts to redress this. It sets out the values that underpin Christian musical liturgical traditions primarily in Europe and the USA with a view to understanding where women are situated within or outside these traditions. It draws on material from many interviews with contemporary practitioners from a variety of contexts. It does not set out to be a definitive history of women in these traditions but simply to give some small vignettes that illustrate a variety of positions that they have occupied in various denominations – and thus make their often hidden contributions more visible.


X, 318
ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2014 (June)
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2014. 318 pp., 13 b/w ill.

Biographical notes

June Boyce-Tillman (Author)

June Boyce-Tillman is Professor of Applied Music at the University of Winchester, as well as Extraordinary Professor at North-West University, South Africa. Her research into children’s musical development has been translated into five languages. She is a composer and active in community music making, exploring the possibilities of intercultural/interfaith sharing through composing/improvising. She is a Wisdom theologian, author of Unconventional Wisdom and has written over 300 hymns used internationally. Her one-woman performances on the women mystics have been performed on three continents. She has written widely on music and healing and on Hildegard of Bingen. She is an Anglican priest and an honorary chaplain to Winchester Cathedral. She was awarded an MBE for her services to music and education.


Title: In Tune With Heaven Or Not