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NEWHow to Bury a King – the memoir of the reburial by the Revd Pete Hobson
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The Reinterment of King Richard III: A Photographic Record (Softcover)
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DVD of King Richard III Reinterment week

500 years after the death of King Richard III, the world watched as his mortal remains were finally laid to rest with dignity and honour at Leicester Cathedral.

A new film record of events containing over 40 minutes of exclusive footage of the week and behind the scenes preparations was launched on August 22nd, the 530th anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth.

Once again follow Richard lll’s final journey from the University to the Cathedral, see the crowds gathered on the route and around the Cathedral. See the making of the coffin and the tomb, the events at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and the procession through Leicester City Centre. See the Service of Reveal, as Curve performers brought the tomb to the eyes of the world. Hear again the poem written for the occasion by the Poet Laureate.

Watch the trailer and buy your copy for £14.85, on sale in the Cathedral, or click on the link below.

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Dean’s Discussions: Volume IV – Listen Online

Tuesdays in October at Leicester Cathedral saw the fourth series of Dean’s Discussions. This series is inspired by some of the arts and crafts that were commissioned and created towards the reinterment of Richard III in Leicester Cathedral earlier this year. The discussions can be listened to online; see the link at the bottom of the page.

The speakers were:

6 October – Jacquie Binns, who, working in the tradition of ecclesiastical embroideries, designed and made the coffin pall that covered the coffin of Richard III during repose.  Jacquie’s strong sense of mission underpins her accomplished creations that use coloured silks in freehand embroidery.

13 October –  James Elliott, who carved the tomb for Richard III.  James is a local craftsman acclaimed in his understanding of naturally occurring materials such as the Swaledale fossil stone of the tomb and Alabaster used in the altar.  Hear how Alabaster has not been mined in this area for over 50 years and how ancient knowledge was recounted in order to make this happen.

20 October Thomas Greenaway, who trained in Italy in the ancient art of Pietra Dura and was chosen to reproduce the crest of Richard III that appears on the plinth of the tomb, using many tiny pieces of stone including lapis lazuli, and intriguingly a small amount of what is now a small supply of Duke’s Red that will never be mined again.

27 October – finally, world-respected stained-glass artist Thomas Denny talked about his work so far on the thinking behind his richly layered designs and his application of those to glass using medieval techniques still in use today.

The Dean’s Discussions can be listened to online, via our Soundcloud account. Click on the link below:

Visiting King Richard’s Tomb

Normal entry times to visit as a tourist or to see the tomb of King Richard III are:

Monday – Saturday:  10.30am – 4.30pm*
Sunday:  12.30pm – 2.30pm

*There is full access to the tomb of King Richard III between 10.30am and 4.30pm outside of lunchtime services. During the periods 9.00am to 10.30am and 4.30pm to 5.00pm the Cathedral is still open to general visitors and those looking to pray, but viewing of the tomb is restricted to the side chapels.

Leicester Cathedral is generally open for prayer and worship from:

Monday – Saturday:  8.00am – 6.00pm
Sunday:  8.00am – 4.00pm

There are events, festivals and services (e.g. funerals and recitals) which interrupt this pattern week by week. If in doubt, please telephone and check during normal office hours or visit the list of forthcoming Cathedral closures.

During our daily services of Morning Prayer (8.30am), Eucharist (1.00pm Tuesday – Friday) and Evensong/Evening Prayer (5.30pm), everyone is welcome to join us, but it is not possible to visit as a tourist or to see the tomb at these times.

Entry to Leicester Cathedral is free to individual visitors, though there is a suggested donation of £3.

Groups of over 10 need to book in advance and there is a charge for their visits.

Guided and unguided tours are available. To book a large group tour, visit our Bookings and Tours page.


The King in the Car Park: A New Musical

Tuesday 30 June sees the premiere performance of The King in the Car Park – a brand new ‘cantata’ commissioned this year, written by Benjamin Vaughan and Philip Gross, for performance by children’s choirs.

Leicester and Leicestershire schools who are part of Leicester Cathedral’s schools’ singing programme DioSing!, in collaboration with the Richard III Project, have been working on this new musical version of the story of King Richard III for the last few months.

Premiere performance
Tuesday 30 June 2015, 2.00pm – 3.00pm at Leicester Cathedral

Second performance
Wednesday 1 July 2015 at 5.30pm-6.30pm at All Saints with Holy Trinity Parish Church, Loughborough

Entry is free of charge for both performances.

The King in the Car Park comprises 9 movements in a variety of musical styles as diverse as jazz, musical theatre, folk and more!  It tells the story of Richard III’s life, death in battle and recent rediscovery, culminating in the finale Coming Home, representing Richard III coming to his final resting place ‘in the heart of England’.  The music has been written by up-and-coming Welsh composer Benjamin Vaughan, who studied composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and the libretto by Creative Writing Professor Philip Gross.

The piece will be performed for the first time by 300 primary school children from schools across Leicester and Leicestershire who have been working with DioSing! Choral Directors all year.  They will sing alongside Leicester Cathedral choristers, Loughborough Children’s Choir, a counter-tenor soloist, and a live band including piano, flute, clarinet, double bass, a variety of medieval instruments and the organ of Leicester Cathedral.

Both performances will be conducted by Choral Director Emma Trounson ( – contact her at for more information about the performances.

Director of DioSing! Cathedral Director of Music, Christopher Ouvry-Johns can be contacted at or by calling 0116 261 5374 or 07982 444 087.

The piece will be available for Leicester and Leicestershire primary schools to perform during the next academic year, with support from DioSing! Choral Directors.  Please contact for more information.

King’s prayer book on display

A prayer book owned by King Richard III has gone on display at New Walk Museum.

Made of parchment and beautifully decorated, the Book of Hours was created in London in 1420, with handwritten prayers added for King Richard III around the time of his reign, from 1483-85.

It was loaned to the city for use in King Richard III’s reinterment ceremony at Leicester Cathedral last week (26 March), and is now on show at New Walk Museum.

The book is a collection of prayers to guide devotion throughout the day.  It includes several additional hand-written prayers for Richard’s personal use, with his name attached.  The date of the king’s birthday also appears, which is believed to have been written in by Richard himself.

One prayer reads, ‘Lord Jesus Christ, deign to free me, your servant King Richard, from every tribulation, sorrow and trouble in which I am placed…’  As Richard’s personal prayer book, it is thought it may have been in his tent at the Battle of Bosworth.

It is known to have later belonged to Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, before eventually being passed into the library of the Archbishop of Canterbury during the early 1600s.

King Richard’s Book of Hours has been loaned to Leicester by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, and the Trustees of Lambeth Palace Library.

Liz Blyth, Director of Culture and Neighbourhood Services at Leicester City Council, said: ‘We’re very grateful to Lambeth Palace Library for loaning this fascinating book to us, to coincide with our commemorations of King Richard III.  This will give visitors to Leicester a fantastic opportunity to view this unique object, in the impressive surroundings of New Walk Museum.’

Giles Mandelbrote, librarian of Lambeth Palace Library, said: ‘Richard III’s Book of Hours is one of the medieval treasures preserved in the collections of Lambeth Palace Library.  We are delighted to lend it for this historic occasion and for the enjoyment of visitors to the New Walk Museum.’

The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester, said: ‘King Richard was clearly a devout Christian.  The annotations show that this book was in regular use and it offers us an insight into King Richard as a man of prayer.’

The book will be on display at New Walk Museum until Sunday 28 June.

The Reinterment of King Richard III

It has been an extraordinary week in Leicester.  Many thousands lined the streets on Sunday to watch King Richard III’s final journey to the Cathedral and today around 600 will gather in the Cathedral to see him laid to rest, while thousands more will gather at Jubilee Square and the Clock Tower to watch the service unfold on big screens.

To keep up to date with everything that’s going on today visit our dedicated site or follow @KRIIILeicester and #richardreburied on Twitter.


Dame Carol Ann Duffy writes for Richard III

Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, has written a poem to be read at the service of reinterment of King Richard lll.  She was commissioned late last year by Leicester Cathedral, as plans for the services for the week were being discussed and drawn up.  The poem is entitled Richard and is a meditation on the impact of his finding and on the legacy of his story.  As his tomb will soon be revealed, the 14 line poem includes the phrase ‘grant me the carving of my name’, which is what has at last been achieved in the creation of the tomb in Leicester Cathedral.

Carol Ann visited before Christmas to hear the story of Richard lll, his death and being found again under a city car park.  Carol Ann says: ‘It is a privilege to be involved, in a small way, in this unique event and to have seen the style and grace with which the City of Leicester has made history alive.’

Ben 2The poem will be read by actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who will be playing Richard lll in the BBC series The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses.  He has also been identified as a third cousin, 16 times removed of King Richard lll.  His television recreation of such a familiar historical figure has inspired a passion to know more, and he is looking forward to taking part in the reinterment.

The Dean of Leicester, the Very Revd David Monteith, is delighted to welcome such exceptional talents to participate in creating a service of honour and dignity: ‘King Richard III’s story has been very significant in our cultural and artistic life for centuries.  Now the cream of writers and performers from our day help us to see our history and indeed ourselves in a new light with flair and imagination.’

The service in Leicester Cathedral takes place on Thursday 26 March at 11.30am, and will be broadcast live from 10.00am on Channel 4.

York composer creates work for reinterment of King Richard III

An anthem by York composer Dr Philip Moore will be sung at the service of Reinterment of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral next Thursday, 26 March.  Philip was Organist and Master of the Music at York Minster from 1983-2008 and is now Organist Emeritus of the Minster.  His setting of Psalm 150 (‘O praise God in his holiness’) is an adaptation of a much longer work written in 2007 for the Exultate Singers of Bristol.

He has reworked the piece for the Reinterment service by incorporating the medieval antiphon ‘Omnis spiritus’ (which would have accompanied the psalm in medieval liturgies) and adding parts for the same instruments that Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir has used in her arrangement of the National Anthem, which will be premiered at the same service.

Cathedral Director of Music Dr Christopher Ouvry-Johns said: ‘Finding the right setting of Psalm 150 was one of the most difficult parts of planning the music for the Reinterment, and I’m much indebted to Philip for the considerable work he’s put into revising the piece.  This is possibly the most joyful and exuberant of all the psalms, and while Christian belief in life after death means that there is rightly an element of hope in the service, it was important that this shouldn’t eclipse the solemn and dignified nature of the occasion.

‘While the lively rhythms of the main body of the piece conjure up images of celebration, even dancing, the inclusion of the antiphon ‘Omnis spiritus’ from the Bangor Pontifical (a 14th-century manuscript) at the start and at the end of the piece put that celebratory atmosphere in an appropriate context.  Indeed, what could be more appropriate for the 21st-century burial of a medieval monarch than a 21st-century composition incorporating medieval music?’

Philip Moore said: ‘It is a great honour and privilege to have been asked to contribute to this unique and historic service, most especially because of my intimate association with York.  I was delighted when Dr Ouvry-Johns asked if he could see my setting of Psalm 150.

‘Although the adaptations I have made are considerable, I enjoyed revisiting the anthem and the chance to add parts for four horns was a refreshing challenge.  I am sad not to able to attend the service in person, but on my recent visit to a choir practice at Leicester Cathedral I was thrilled to see how well the choir was singing the work.’

Visiting Leicester during Reinterment Week

The week of the Reinterment of King Richard III begins on Sunday 22 March, and there are a host of activities taking place in Leicester and Leicestershire throughout the week.

The City and County Guide contains details of the full programme of events for the Reinterment, as well as many other things to see and do when visiting the City and County at this time.

The Guide can be found online by using the following link:

Visit Leicester and Leicestershire Guide 20150: King Richard III Reinterment Issue