Eric Thiman (1900 – 1975) was a composer, conductor, teacher and organist. He was a significant figure in British musical life in the mid-twentieth century, being a keen advocate of amateur music-making and a prolific composer of music for church choirs, including a large number of partsongs, anthems and carols.


Welcome to the Eric Thiman Collection.

Here you will find information about the life and work of Eric Harding Thiman and about the ongoing collection of his works. The Thiman Collection was established in 2014 at the Archbishop’s Palace at Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire.

Eric Thiman and his Music: An Introduction

CD: Music of Eric Thiman

In 2016 a CD was made under the auspices of the Collection, featuring some of Thiman's best anthems, partsongs and organ music. Find out more.

Eric Thiman Talks

Guy Turner, the Collection's archivist, has given talks to groups in Lincoln, Notts and Cambridge. Please contact if you would like to book a talk.

The Eric Thiman Collection is administered by Guy Turner in liaison with The Rector Chori of Southwell Minster and Frances Thiman, Eric Thiman’s niece, under the auspices of Southwell Minster Choir Association (Registered Charity Number 1000584).


  • The Very Reverend Nicola Sullivan, Dean of Southwell
  • Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, CBE, Principal, The Royal Academy of Music
  • The Very Reverend Dr John Moses, Dean Emeritus of St Paul’s Cathedral
  • The Reverend Ian Howarth, Chair of the Methodist Church, Birmingham District


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