The Traherne Association welcomes you to this site which celebrates and promotes the life and work of the poet and spiritual writer Thomas Traherne.

Lov… is not like Gold made to be Buried and Concealed in Darkness. But like the Sun to Communicat it self wholy in its Beams unto all.
(Centuries of Meditations, IV, 66)

Hereford Variations
14th August 2018

On Tuesday 14 August the American composer Peter Stoltzfus Berton will be playing his Hereford Variations at the lunchtime organ recital in Hereford Cathedral (1.15 pm). These are inspired by Tom Denny’s Traherne windows and Elgar’s Enigma Variations and written specifically for Hereford’s famous Father Willis organ. The theme is taken from the hymn tune Hereford written by former Hereford organist S. S. Wesley for his grandfather’s hymn, ’Oh Thou who camest from above’.

Jeremy Maule Lecture
13th October

We regret to announce that Dr Rowan Williams is no longer able to give this year’s lecture as he will be representing the Archbishop of Canterbury in Rome at the canonisation of Archbishop Oscar Romero, but we are delighted to announce that the Revd Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James’s, Piccadilly, will be speaking instead.
Go to the Events page to find details of our annual festival and other lectures and activities.

Students/researchers will find lists of editions and books about Traherne under Reading Lists. They will also find material of interest on The Oxford Traherne website

Each Jubilant Chord lists some of the many settings of Traherne's writing to music.

The site is maintained by members of The Traherne Association, which is based in Hereford.

We hope that you find our website to be both interesting and informative.

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On 29 July 2017, Richard Willmott, Chairman of the Traherne Association, gave a pre-concert talk on Thomas Traherne and Gerald Finzi in memory of Denise Inge at the 2017 Three Choirs Festival in Worcester before a performance of Dies Natalis.
You may download Richard’s text here.

One of Tom Denny's inspirational Traherne windows situated in the Audley Chapel in Hereford Cathedral

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