Did you know that the origins of the Probation Service were founded on faith? Frederic Rainer (1836-1911) was a printer and member of the Church of England Temperance Society who lived in Holborn, London in the 1850s and 1860s and witnessed the poverty surrounding the Police Courts. Rainer worried about the lack of help for people in these courts, especially those with alcohol issues. He sent 5 shillings to the Church of England Temperance Society to create the Police Court Missions. Police Court Missionaries were then placed in Police Courts across London and a National Police Court Mission developed which was the forerunner of the Probation Service today. Missionaries gave advice and support to offenders based on the Christian values of care and compassion. Those values continue today as Probation staff work with people in their care believing in each person’s capacity to change their lives for the better. Come and visit the exhibition and see how the Probation Service has developed since the 1850s.
On show in the Crypt until 3 March, this collection of drawings, prints and audio work has been developed through a valued engagement with the work of the stonemasons and their critical role within the building. 'We were introduced to their world and this helped us form our visual interpretation and understanding of the beauty and integrity of the stone.' ~ Darren Williams and Claire Burgoyne. Reverend Canon Kimberly Bohan said: “On the weekends, we say morning prayer in the Crypt. The exhibit, was all the more powerful as we sat there in silence. I love that space always, but the large scale prints shift it in ways that are engaging, without disturbing the deep calm.” Darren and Claire have collaborated and exhibited together since 2016 and are also Art & Design lecturers at Hereford College of Arts. Within their shared practice, drawing plays a major role in opening up a space for exploration at the start of projects.
Visit the Cathedral from Saturday 3 to Thursday 29 February to view 'Pinnacle' - an exhibition by our in-house team of stonemasons celebrating the recent pinnacle project and the skill and craftsmanship of the team. In the early hours of 27 November 2021, Storm Arwen tore a pinnacle from the Northeast corner of the Cathedral Tower. The stone fell through the roof of the North Quire Aisle, damaging the 14th Century vaulted ceiling beneath. The vaulting and the roof were repaired in 2022, and the Cathedral stonemasons set to designing and constructing a new pinnacle to replace the fallen stone. On 27 November 2023, exactly 2 years since the storm, the new pinnacle was blessed in a 'Topping Out' ceremony which marked the completion of the restoration work. The exhibition will be on display during normal visiting hours.
We're very pleased to confirm the performers for our Spring Lunchtime Recital Series. January 11 | Benjamin Markovic (organ) 25 | Darach Ensemble (wind trio) February 1 | Christopher Allsop (organ) 8 | Callum Alger (organ) 22 | Vanessa Gunter (flute), accompanied by Nicholas Freestone (piano) 29 | Carleton Etherington (organ) March 7 | Angela Sones (organ) 14 | Hannah Grove (soprano) and Alexis Hutchinson (alto) All recitals take place in the nave at 12.15pm on Thursday lunchtimes. Admission is free, with donations welcomed at a retiring collection.
Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of opera with "A Night at the Opera," a captivating showcase of timeless classics that will transport you to the grandeur of the stage. This mesmerising opera highlights show brings together the most iconic pieces from legendary composers, promising an unforgettable evening of vocal brilliance and emotive storytelling.
WORSHIP IN THE GARDEN: meeting with God in creation Starting in January, Worcester Cathedral will be launching a new, monthly service of worship. What makes it a little unusual is that it will not take place inside the cathedral. Instead, we will be outside, come rain or shine. SACRED GARDEN: engaging with God in creation through creativity Sacred Garden is a new monthly event that Worcester Cathedral is launching for people who feel God’s presence when they’re out in nature.
The History in the Making Exhibition is a showcase of some of the work produced during a year-long programme of creative activities celebrating Worcestershire’s rich heritage and the voices of underrepresented communities. Told through a variety of media including visual arts, drawing, photography, zines, creative writing and poetry, this exhibition offers an insight into the stories of local residents past and present. The project was run by The Word Association and artist Oliver Bliss, drawing from the collections in Worcestershire Archives and Worcester Cathedral’s Library in partnership with Worcester Cathedral, Worcester Archive & Archaeology Service at The Hive and Sugar Daddy’s Café. The project has been generously funded by Arts Council England with additional support from Worcester City Council and The Elmley Foundation.
Celebrate the women of Worcester Cathedral with our new guided tours for International Women’s Day. Celebrate International Women's Day with Worcester Cathedral. Turn up or book ahead for this guided tour that tells the story of the Cathedral through the monumental women associated with it. Learn about the celebrated 19th Century author, a powerful and influential medival Queen, a campaigner for women's suffrage and maternal healthcare and many more! This is not a standard history tour of the Cathedral and will focus exclusively on the women who are memorialised at Worcester or have a strong connection to the Cathedral. The tour will last approximately 1 hour and costs £8 per person and £4 for U16s. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time here, or at the Cathedral front desk on the day. Tickets are limited to 16 people per tour. U16s must be accompanied by a full price paying adult.
'House of Bones' under Bishop John's home featured in a documentary. An award- winning film based on a book written by Bishop John's late wife Denise, will get a special screening at Worcester Cathedral to commemorate the 10th anniversary of her death. The film is based around Denise Inge’s book ‘A Tour of Bones’ which she wrote after becoming fascinated by the charnel house - a crypt filled with human bones - hidden under a trapdoor in their basement. The history of the charnel house became much more significant for Denise when she was diagnosed with an inoperable sarcoma - her book covers the themes of mortality, preparing for death and embracing life. Local video production agency, Conteur, worked in collaboration with the Bishop to create the film, ‘Life Over Death’, sharing never-seen-before footage of thousands of medieval human bones in the cathedral grounds and bringing to life Denise’s words… The house of bones remains one of Worcester’s best-kept secrets, and Bishop John is hoping the screening will share some of the cathedral’s lesser-known magic with viewers, while paying tribute to Denise who lost her life to cancer in 2014.
Beethoven - Mass in C Richard Blackford - Mirror of Perfection Two, thrilling choral classics - one old, one new - are coming to Worcester Cathedral on 16 March 2024, performed by the 140 voices of Worcester Festival Choral Society. Beethoven’s radiant Mass in C major was commissioned by Prince Nikolaus Esterházy II in 1807. Containing some of the composer’s most sublime music for voices, the Mass is regarded as one of Beethoven’s most moving works. The concert also includes Richard Blackford's breathtakingly beautiful 1996 cantata, Mirror of Perfection, expressively set to poems by St Francis of Assisi. Outstanding soloists will be soprano Susanna Fairbairn, mezzo soprano Samantha Price, tenor Gwilym Bowen and bass Dominic Sedgwick. Accompanying will be the superb Meridian Sinfonia orchestra, and the conductor is Worcester Cathedral's exceptional director of music, Samuel Hudson.
Worcester Cathedral Choir is joined by an array of soloists to perform Bach’s monumental St John Passion. This dramatic setting of the Passion story will be sung in German, with a printed English translation available on the night. Tickets are on sale now and will also be on the door on the night (subject to availability).
Get ready to be whisked away on a journey of iconic scores and soundtracks from some of the greatest movies of all time as acclaimed live orchestra London Concertante bring their spectacular ‘Music from the Movies by Candlelight’ Candlelight Concerts series to awe-inspiring cathedrals across the UK & Ireland. Feel the thrill of epic melodies from ‘Jurassic Park’, experience the poignant emotions of ‘Schindler’s List’, and let the heartwarming wonder of ‘ET’ envelop you. From the sweeping grandeur of ‘The Mission’ and the spectacular landscapes of ‘Out of Africa’ to the suave sophistication of ‘James Bond’ and ‘The Godfather’, every moment will be cinematic and momentous.
The Music of Abba by Candlelight comes to Worcester Cathedral! Join us for an incredible night of Abba anthems, performed in the beautiful Worcester Cathedral, by candlelight. Featuring the UK's leading Abba Tribute Act, Abba Reunion, join us for this sing-along concert packed to the rafters with over 20 Abba hits that will leave you dancing in the aisles. The concert features some of the most iconic pop songs of all time including Mamma Mia, Voulez Vouz, Thank You for the Music, Dancing Queen and many many more! So grab your 'Honey, Honey', be a 'Super Trouper' and get some tickets with your 'Money, Money, Money' before they go!
Elton John by Candlelight comes to Worcester Cathedral! Featuring a cast of West End singers and epic live band, experience the hits of Rock Legend Elton John as you have never heard them before! This incredible show features some of the most iconic songs of all time including ‘I’m Still Standing’, ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’, Candle in the Wind’, ‘Bennie and the Jets’ and many more performed at Worcester Cathedral by candlelight. So, grab your ‘Rocket Man’ and book now to hear ‘Your Song’ because missing this show is a ‘Sacrifice’ that you won’t want to make!
Join us here in Worcester for the 2024 Three Choirs Festival. The Three Choirs Festival is a week-long programme of world-class music making, featuring choral and orchestral concerts, solo and chamber music recitals, talks, cathedral services, theatre, exhibitions, and walks, rotating each summer between the beautiful English cathedral cities of Gloucester, Hereford, and Worcester. One of the elements which makes the festival so special is the Festival Chorus, which is made up of auditioned singers from the local area trained by professional directors, meaning that the Chorus both sings to a high standard and is a real part of the community. Three Choirs is thought to be the longest-standing classical music festival in the world and celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2015.