Cody was born in Flint, Michigan where he attended the local Unitarian-Universalist church with his family. He felt a call to ministry when he was 16, but initially pursued a career in music. After finishing a Bachelor’s in Euphonium Performance from the Eastman School of Music, he moved to Britain to study at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Cody began his ministerial training at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, in 2011 under the Rev’d Dr Arthur Stewart. He was appointed minister at Cross Street Unitarian Chapel in 2015. In addition to his ministry, he serves on the executive of the Manchester District Associaion, the Unitarian Peace Fellowship, and the Faith Network for Manchester. He is also a participant in Manchester’s “Challenging Hate Forum,” an inter-faith and inter-civic group working to combat hate crime. He regularly works with Shelter and Christian Aid to contribute to vulnerable communities.
Music continues to be an important part of Cody’s life, and along with his wife Catherine (a flute player), regularly contributes to local and national Unitarian music scene. Cody lives in north Manchester with his wife Catherine and son Thomas.
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Catherine Coyne, Choir Director and Music Co-ordinator
Catherine Coyne graduated from the University of Liverpool with a Distinction in Music. She is skilled in woodwind and keyboard, and taught in North Manchester prior to assuming the role of choir director and music co-ordinator at Cross Street. She regularly performs with her husband Cody, and has contributed to interfaith music events such as the “Challenging Hate Forum” and “Peace and Unity.” In 2010 she premiered Rob Orledge’s “Blame it on the Blues” with Cody Coyne and the North Cheshire Wind Orchestra.
Aaron Breeze, Sunday Musician
Aaron completed his postgraduate at the RNCM with support from The Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Radcliffe Trust. His music is performed in venues around the world as well as various BBC Radio 3 broadcasts. Whilst studying, he has received masterclasses from the likes of Brian Ferneyhough, Anders Hilborg, Michael Finnissy, and others. Aaron has also appeared in a pre-concert talk at the Bridgewater Hall discussing the music and life of Leonard Bernstein on a panel with Michael Symmons Roberts, Tamsin Little, and Manoj Kamps. Performance is a central element for much of Aaron’s music. From performing Liszt, to ABBA, and to Feldman, he has had much success as a performer as well as a composer. He has appeared on BBC Radio 3 as a performer as part of the ddmmyy concert series, and as a composer and pianist on the BBC’s Young Artist Day. In 2017, Aaron also worked with New Order in the MIF ‘∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif)’, as part of the synth orchestra, and he went on tour with the band in 2018.
Aaron is currently one of the arrangers working with the Manchester Video Game Orchestra and releasing a series of albums of instrumental music for worship.
Awards and Scholarships
Peter Redfearn Memorial Prize for Composition (2013)
Grindon / Dearden Prize for Composition (2015)
RNCM Gold Medal finalist (2016)
RNCM Gold Medal finalist (2017)
Countless of Munster (2018-2019)
Radcliffe Trust (2018-2019)
Anthony Dawson, Wednesday Musician
“Anthony has been a church organist for twenty years, and even played the organ at his own graduation. He was a student at Leeds College of Music, and he studied the organ under Tom Moore FRCO, Assistant Director of Music at Wakefield Cathedral and Jonathan Bielby FRCO, Director of Music at Wakefield Cathedral. For a short time Anthony also worked as an organ builder in Manchester. He was previously Minister of Music at St Elisabeth’s Church, Reddish, and in addition to playing at Cross Street plays at Brookfield Church, Gorton. As well as being an organist, Anthony is also a lay preacher and occasionally has to play the organ as well as lead the service.”