Foundation makes major donation to Leicester Cathedral

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation makes major donation to Leicester Cathedral

The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation is to support the restoration and renewal project, Leicester Cathedral Revealed, with a grant of £800,000.

In announcing this grant, Leicester City Chief Executive Susan Whelan said: “The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation is very proud to support the restoration of Leicester Cathedral – an asset of great value to people of all faiths in our multicultural city. Since its formation, the Foundation has aimed to support causes that make a difference to the lives of people in Leicester – an objective we remain wholly committed to in the delivery of Khun Vichai’s legacy.”

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha first supported the Cathedral with a grant in 2014 towards the reinterment of Richard III and, since then, the Football Club and the Cathedral have worked together supporting the communities in and around the city.

The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester, welcomed this support with delight, saying “This is such a transformational gift. Khun Vichai was so supportive of so many important causes in Leicester and it is heartwarming to see the Foundation continue his legacy. I believe this donation sends out a strong message that this is a project which will benefit all our communities because it will enhance the individual experience of being within the Cathedral – whether you come as a visitor, a pilgrim or a worshipper. We now have £2.3m left to raise and this support has given us confidence that we will reach that target.”

Image: taken at Leicester City Football Club with Steve Walsh, Susan Whelan and The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester

The Moon at the Cathedral

Friday 11 – Sunday 20 October 2019

The Cathedral, in partnership with BID Leicester, are delighted to welcome back Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon in the year we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Admission is by donation, suggested: Adults £2.00 | Under 18s £1.00
After costs, any profits from this week will support the Cathedral’s work including Leicester’s Homelessness Charter.
Evening Events priced individually, per person.

Opening Times and Events

Friday 11 October
10.30am–5.00pm: Open*
7.00pm: Launch Evening

Saturday 12 October
1.30–5.00pm: Open*
7.30pm: A Moonlight Concert | £8.00, £5.00 (under 18s)

Sunday 13 October
12.15–5.30pm: Open*
6.30pm: Service of Compline in the Light of the Moon | Free

Monday 14 October
10.30am–5.00pm: Open*
7.00pm: Talk and Exhibits with the National Space Centre | £5.00, £3.00 (under 18s)

Tuesday 15 October
10.30am–5.00pm: Open*
7.00pm: Wine Tasting by Veeno | £20.00

Wednesday 16 October
10.30am–5.00pm: Open*
7.00pm: Silent Disco for under 16s | £5.00, £3.00 (accompanying adults)

Thursday 17 October
10.30am–5.00pm: Open*
7.30pm: Silent Disco for students and adults | £7.00

Friday 18 October
10.30am–5.00pm: Open*
6.30–8.30pm: Evening Opening

Saturday 19 October
10.30am–4.00pm: Open*
7.00pm: Music and Light Concert | £10.00, £8.00 (concession)

Sunday 20 October
12.15–5.00pm: Open*
6.00pm: Celebration Service | Free

* Please note there will be daily services held in the Chapel of St Dunstan at 8.30am, 1.00 and 5.30pm. Services also take place on Sunday morning.


The Moon returns to Leicester Cathedral with One Giant Leap

Artist Luke Jerram’s stunning ‘Museum of the Moon’ installation will return to Leicester Cathedral this October in a partnership with BID Leicester’s One Giant Leap programme.

Measuring a huge seven metres in diameter, the internally-lit moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface and will create a truly awe-inspiring experience during the school half-term holiday.

As well as the chance to see the amazing moon installation suspend in the Cathedral nave from Friday 11 to Sunday 20 October, a series of evening events is being arranged for visitors who want to enjoy an added dimension to their moon-gazing experience.

These will include music concerts and silent discos under the moon (a children’s and an adults’ session), a wine tasting evening and a talk with exhibits by the National Space Centre.

You can find out more about the various visiting hours and admission details as well as how to book a place at one of the special events above.

The moon’s return to the city (It first came to the Cathedral in 2018 and then appeared at Belgrave) is part of a partnership with BID Leicester and features as part of their One Giant Leap programme, marking the anniversary of the first moon landing with events across the city this summer and autumn.

The Business Improvement District (BID) Leicester is a business-led, not for profit organisation working to transform Leicester city centre, making it a better place to live, work, visit, study and do business.

The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester, said: “Cathedrals are places of wonder and discovery.  We are very glad to provide another opportunity for people to be inspired, to explore, to pray, to have fun, to dance and to have our minds and hearts expanded to explore our place in God’s good creation. Come and see for yourself!”

Simon Jenner, BID Leicester Director, said: “It is great for BID Leicester to be able to work with partners across the city including the Cathedral to put on such an ambitious programme with something for everyone to enjoy. The variety and scale of the events will no doubt attract visitors to the city over the October half term holidays.”

Admission to public viewing of the moon installation will be donation (suggested: adults: £2 and under 18s: £1). After costs, all proceeds will go to supporting the work of the Cathedral and the Leicester Homelessness Charter.

The One Giant Leap programme of events in the city offers a selection of other intergalactic activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

The BRICKLIVE Outer SpaceTrail will bring 15 amazing models made entirely of bricks to venues around the city centre. See reconstructions of the rockets that took us to the moon and stand side-by-side with famous astronauts – follow the digital trail around the city to find them all!

Visitors can also join in with retro-style computer games inspired by the moon landing on public screens across the city, and marvel at Overview Effect, a spectacular digital show for all. Find out more at: onegiantleap-leicester.co.uk

The out-of-this-world programme has received funding from BID Leicester, Arts Council England and Leicester City Council.

The Cathedral’s new autumn season, which explores the theme of Reconciliation, will also include an exhibition by the Bogside Artists from Northern Ireland entitled The Art of Reconciliation. These murals tell a painful story of sectarian violence and these grass roots artists have been using their work to explore living peacefully.

Cathedral events and services will also include:

  • Explore Restorative Justice in Prison’s Week
  • Seek to learn from Northern Ireland
  • Welcome Lord Eames for the annual Far and Near Lecture
  • Keep Remembrance
  • Mark All Saints and All Souls
  • Apply that learning to our multi-cultural contex
  • Celebrate Celtic culture with a fun Cèilidh

Dean David said: “Reconciliation is never easy and it is always costly. St Paul writes that Jesus Christ has reconciled us to God and ‘has given us the ministry of reconciliation’ (2 Corinthians 5.18). This season is an opportunity to explore what this could really mean to help us grow in faith and reach out in service.”

More information on the Reconciliation season can be found on the Cathedral website here.

The Art of Reconciliation – Exhibition

The Art of Reconciliation – The Murals of the Bogside Artists
7 September – 29 November 2019

In the year we mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this photographic exhibition will bring to Leicester the story that lies behind the twelve murals of the Bogside Artists that were painted in Londonderry, Northern Ireland between 1994 and 2008.

The murals are a unique grassroots, site-specific work of commemorative public art inspired by the violence, conflict and reconcilation process during the Troubles; Derry’s complex history and the traumatic events experienced by the Bogside community during the Troubles is told.

The Rioter with Peace Mural

Special Events

Friday 13 September | 6.30pm
Exhibition Launch Reception
With drinks and canapés. Supported by Charles Street Buildings and the Friends of Leicester Cathedral in partnership with the Emerald Centre.
By invitation only. For more information please contact Claire Recordon via claire.recordon@leccofe.org

Wednesday 18 September | 6.30pm
The Far and Near Lecture: Mending Fences or Building New Ones?
The Right Reverend the Lord Eames OM was Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland (1986–2006) during 20 years of Northern Ireland Troubles. He was involved in the peace movement and the creation and maintenance of ceasefires and the building of peace.
Tickets for £3 available from www.eventbrite.co.uk

Monday 30 September | 1.00pm
The Art of Reconciliation: A workshop for lay leaders and clergy to explore how reconciliation works
Led by Canon David Porter, Chief of Staff to the Archbishop of Canterbury and former Canon for Reconciliation, Coventry Cathedral. David hails from Northern Ireland where he learnt much about the blessing and the cost of reconciliation.
Book your place on Eventbrite by 23 September! Only 40 places are available.
For more information email Claire Stapleton via claire.stapleton@leccofe.org

More events will be added in the coming weeks

 

The Peace Mural

Reconciliation – Seasonal Services and Events

Welcome

Our autumn season explores the theme of Reconciliation. We host an exhibition by the Bogside Artists from Northern Ireland entitled The Art of Reconciliation. These murals tell a painful story of sectarian violence. Since the Good Friday Agreement brought a more peaceful future (now under pressure with Brexit implications) these grass roots artists have been using their work to explore living peacefully.

We also will mark our call to find ways to bring reconciliation between humans and nature during Creationtide and Harvest. We will explore Restorative Justice at Prison’s Week. We will seek to learn from Northern Ireland as we welcome Lord Eames for the annual Far and Near Lecture, keep Remembrance, All Saints and All Souls and as we apply that learning to our multi-cultural context. We’ll also celebrate Celtic culture with a fun Cèilidh.

I grew up in Northern Ireland during the 1970’s and 80’s and know the pain of divisions and violence. Reconciliation is never easy and it is always costly. St Paul writes that Jesus Christ has reconciled us to God and ‘has given us the ministry of reconciliation’ (2 Corinthians 5.18). This season is an opportunity to explore what this could really mean to help us grow in faith and reach out in service

The Very Revd David Monteith
Dean of Leicester


Special Services

September

Sunday 8 September | 3.00pm
Choral Evensong with LCOCA Reunion and Commissioning of DBE Foundation Governors
Also welcoming Rosie Vinter as the Cathedral’s new Assistant Director of Music.

Sunday 15 September | 3.00pm
Choral Evensong with Installation of Canons

Thursday 19 September | 11.00am
Eucharist with the Church of England Guild of Vergers

Sunday 22 September | 3.00pm
Volunteer Thanksgiving Service
A special service giving thanks to our volunteers.

Sunday 29 September | 3.00pm
Choral Evensong with the Laying Up of the Korean Veterans Standard
Marking the closure of the Leicester branch of the British Korean Veterans Association.

October

Tuesday 8 October | 7.45pm
Young Farmers’ Harvest Service

Thursday 24 October | 5.30pm
Choral Evensong for World Polio Day
Held by the Rotary Club.

November

Sunday 3 November | 5.00pm
Justice Service
An annual service attended by the High Sheriff of Leicestershire and other representatives of the justice system. Preacher: The Bishop of Birmingham.

Saturday 9 November | 5.30pm
Service for St Martin’s Day
With German School and Lantern Walk to Jubilee Square, ending with prayers round fire in Cathedral Gardens and Spiced Apple Glühwein.

Sunday 24 November | 3.00pm
Choral Evensong for St Cecilia’s Day
In celebration of St Cecilia, Patron Saint of Music, and in aid of Leicester Cathedral Music Foundation. Music to include Evening Canticles in G by Charles Villiers Stanford with orchestral accompaniment. Preacher: The Revd Lucy Winkett, St James, Piccadilly.


Music and Concerts

October

Saturday 12 October | 7.30pm
A Moonlight Concert under the Museum of the Moon
Emma Trounson (soprano) with Mark Trounson (double bass) and Josephine Markham (piano). Music will include all things lunar – art song, opera, jazz and musical theatre. Tickets available from Eventbrite £8, £5 (under 18s)

Saturday 19 October | 7.00pm
Music and Light: A Concert of Indian Classical Music
Experience the moods and melodies of Indian classical music. Presented by Sitar Music Society in partnership with the Cathedral. Tickets available from Eventbrite £10, £8 (concessions)

Tuesday 22 October | 7.30pm
The Sixteen: The Queen of Heaven
The Sixteen’s most popular programme returns for a mini UK tour. A new version of Allegri’s renowned Miserere is paired with James MacMillan’s own setting of the text and pieces by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.
Tickets available from www.thesixteen.com £15 – £25

November

Saturday 2 November | 7.30pm
Concert of Music for All Souls’ Day
The Cathedral Choir sing the Requiems of Fauré and Duruflé. Tickets available from Eventbrite £8, £5 (under 18s)

Saturday 23 November | 7.30pm
De Montfort University Orchestra
Music to include Elgar’s Serenade for Strings (first movement), Ives’ The Unanswered Question, Birchall’s Perhaps and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8. Tickets by emailing music@dmu.ac.uk £5


Events

September

Wednesday 18 September | 6.30pm
The Far and Near Lecture: Mending Fences or Building New Ones?
The Right Reverend the Lord Eames OM was Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland (1986–2006) during 20 years of Northern Ireland Troubles. He was involved in the peace movement and the creation and maintenance of ceasefires and the building of peace.
Tickets for £3 available from www.eventbrite.co.uk

October

Thursday 10 October | 6.30pm
Dean’s Discussion: Exploring Restorative Justice
Exploring this means of justice and reconciliation. Guests: Jaswinder Purewal, Specialist Restorative Justice Caseworker Victim First, Leicester, and Dr Denis Tanfa, Criminologist and Practitioner, Restorative Justice Initiative Midlands.
Free entry. Tickets available from www.eventbrite.co.uk

Saturday 12 October | 11.00am
Called Together
Diocesan service for lay ministers. Please note the Cathedral is closed between 9.00am–12.30pm.

November

Friday 8 November | 7.00pm
Community Committee Quiz Night 2019
Tickets: £5.00 – including soft drinks and nibbles. Available from Community Committee reps.

Saturday 9 November | 9.00am–3.00pm
Diocesan Lay Congress
Please note that the Cathedral will be closed to the public until 4.00pm.

Monday 18 November | 6.30pm
Dean’s Discussion: Telling a New Story – A Struggle for Peace at the Border
Dean David Monteith (from County Fermanagh) talks with Fr David Rocks OP (from County Armagh).
Free entry. Tickets from www.eventbrite.co.uk

Thursday 28 November | 12.00pm
Buy a Lunch, Give a Lunch 2019
In aid of Cathedral outreach and Women in Philanthropy 2019 charities. Tickets for £15 are available from the Cathedral Office.

Friday 29 November | 7.30–9.45pm
Cèilidh
Dance your cares away with Moggy in the Wood – no prior cèlidh experience required!
Adults: £6.00 | Under 18s: £2.00
Pay Bar available
Tickets available from www.eventbrite.co.uk


Children and Family

October

Thursday 31 October | 5.30pm
Light Party
Halloween is fast becoming a key date in the calendar, with increasing numbers of children getting dressed up, knocking on doors and asking ‘trick or treat?’! But if you’re not keen on your children doing this then there is another option!
Rather than discourage them from having fun with their friends, why not bring them along to our Light Party and have fun with their friends here!
Together we will celebrate light, rather than darkness, this Halloween, with games, music, snacks and more. Come dressed up in “light” colours (whites, yellow, gold, fluorescent).
Book via Eventbrite. Please book for all children and adults attending.


Everybody’s Reading Festival

Saturday 5 October | 11.00am and 12.00pm
Brick by Brick
Brick by Brick is an interactive story telling event (for 3–5 year olds) about a mouse that picks a flower from a wall which makes a brick loose, enabling them to see through the wall for the first time.
The story shows that walls can become bridges when everyone works together.
A special event part of the Everybody’s Reading Festival. Free tickets from www.eventbrite.co.uk

For more information and events in Leicester for the Everybody’s Reading Festival, a month-long celebration of the written word, visit www.everybodysreading.co.uk


The Art of Reconciliation
The Murals of the Bogside Artists

7 September – 29 November 2019

In the year we mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this photographic exhibition will bring to Leicester the story that lies behind the twelve murals of the Bogside Artists that were painted in Londonderry, Northern Ireland between 1994 and 2008.

The murals are a unique grassroots, site-specific work of commemorative public art inspired by the violence, conflict and reconciliation process during the Troubles; Derry’s complex history and the traumatic events experienced by the Bogside community during the Troubles is told.

For more events, discussions, and opening times, click here.



The Return of the Moon
The Museum of the Moon

Friday 11 – Sunday 20 October 2019

The Cathedral, in partnership with the BID, are delighted to welcome back Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon in the year we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. After costs, any profits from this week will support the Cathedral’s work including Leicester’s Homelessness Charter.

Admission is by donation, suggested: Adults £2.00 | Under 18s £1.00
Evening Events priced individually, per person.

For more events and information, click here.


Visiting Leicester

The White Rose Café
Situated in the heart of Leicester’s historic quarter, the Café offers a wide range of delicious food and beverages from their position overlooking the Cathedral Gardens.

Light Breakfast and Traditional Grills
Monday – Friday: 7.30am to 10.00am
Sat – Sun: 8.00am to 10.00am

Classic Brunch
Monday – Sun: 10.30am to 12.00pm

Lunch
Monday – Sat: 12.00pm to 3.00pm

Christian Resources Leicester
Whether you are looking for the latest Christian book, a gift for a friend, or candles and communion wafers for your church, Christian Resources Leicester is the place to be, come rain or shine.
You can also find a range of cards, CDs of the Cathedral Choir, gifts and souvenirs. Located in St Martins House, next to the Cathedral. Visit their website here.

Heritage Open Days 2019

This year Heritage Open Days spans the period 13 to 22 September. To tie in with its theme of Power to the People, the Cathedral is hosting a mini exhibition across the span of the festival exploring the rise of workers’ education in 19th century Leicester and the part David Vaughan played in this.

In addition the following free tours will be available on Saturday 14 September:

Richard III tours at 11.00am and 1.00pm
Cathedral windows tours at 11.30am and 2.30pm lasting 45 minutes (with a free guide book included)

Tours need to be pre-booked via Rebecca Hale either on Rebecca.Hale@LecCofE.org or 0116 261 5362 by Wednesday 4 September.

Footprint: Services and Events for the Summer

The thrusts of this season, through the title Footprint, lie around our identity and legacy. A footprint is a marker, an indicator of a unique person – perhaps not quite as individual as a fingerprint but nonetheless a personal identifier, signifying that someone was there. Moreover a footprint indicates motion – someone is going somewhere. And, when that person has been and gone, the footprint still remains. A question for each of us is therefore what footprints we leave behind us as we journey through life towards eternity.

And so you may note footprints leading you around the Cathedral, not just ensuring you see all that is to be seen of our beautiful building, but inviting children and adults alike to ponder aspects of their own identity and legacy. Stop a while to leave your footprint in the form of a prayer at our burning bush installation – a reminder of how God breaks into our lives if we let him.

Towards the end of this season there is Journeys Festival International Leicester, the first UK festival to be awarded the Festival of Sanctuary award from City of Sanctuary. This year they are focussing on identity through portraiture, which, although implying faces, ties in with ‘Footprint’ in the sense of what the world sees of and in us. Furthermore, anything which references refugees and asylum seekers naturally suggests journeying. What is left behind and what is the new footprint? George Sfougaras’ banner and art work along the north wall challenge us to reflect.

During this season, the famous portrait of King Richard III will visit New Walk Museum. That exhibition is entitled Coming Home – maybe a slight misnomer in the case of King Richard but this is part of a wider National Portrait Gallery initiative with the same title. The identity question is particularly apposite in his case– who really was this man? His tomb in the Cathedral constantly invites us to ask that question; and we are, here this summer, consciously remembering some of the fascinating threads which make up his re-interment story.

Summer events in the Cathedral are woven around all these threads, encompassing children’s activities, a preaching series, a family pilgrimage walk, Dean’s Discussions and other related events.

We welcome you!

The Reverend Canon Alison Adams
Canon Pastor and Sub-Dean


Special Services

July

Monday 1 July | 7.30pm
Ordination of Priests and Deacon

Wednesday 3 July | 7.00pm
Safeguarding Coordinators Service

Friday 5 July | 2.00pm
Action Mesothelioma Prayer Service
Taking place on Action Mesothelioma Day.

Thursday 11 July | 5.30pm
Evening Prayer for Srebrenica Memorial Day
Every year Remembering Srebrenica selects a theme that both reflects an aspect of the genocide that must be commemorated, but also speaks to communities in the UK. The theme for 2019 is Bridging the Divide: Confronting Hate.

August

Saturday 17 August | 5.30pm
Choral Evensong to mark the anniversary of the death of King Richard III
A solemn occasion when, through music, prayer, and the laying of white roses, the memory of the Battle of Bosworth is held.


Music and Concerts

July

Tuesday 2 July | 7.30pm
Cathedral Choir and Organ Concert at De Montfort Hall
An evening of organ and choral classics with the Leicester Cathedral Choir and Leicester Cathedral Chamber Orchestra, including Thalben-Ball, Vierne, and the Fauré Requiem.
Tickets available from De Montfort Hall
£7.50 | Students £5 | Children under 16 free with a paying adult

August

Tuesday 27 August | 7.00pm
Stories of Sanctuary
Part of Journeys Festival International Leicester, all are welcome to a concert performed by the Sanctuary Seekers Choir. Tickets available from www.storiesofsanctuary.co.uk

Summer Organ Festival 2019


Events

Dean’s Discussions

All are welcome to free discussions in the annual series hosted by the Dean of Leicester. Free admission, book via Eventbrite.

Thursday 18 July | 6.00pm
Unfolding Design: with the artist George Sfougaras
Exploring the inspiration for and creation of multi-layered artwork, such as the Recovered Histories Project, and questions around identity which such works invoke.

Thursday 8 August | 6.00pm
The Footprint of History: with Professor Kevin Schürer
Professor Schürer was one of the major leaders in determining whether human remains discovered in the car park were indeed King Richard III. Here he reflects on that process,and on how genealogy, and the increasing interest in tracing our history relate to our understanding of identity today, both as individuals and as a society.

Thursday 29 August | 6.30pm
I am Human: Identity among Asylum Seekers and Refugees
With the starting point of a poem with the same title by Malka Al-Haddad, Ben Margolis explores what this might mean to asylum seekers and how forced migration and settlement in another land affects identity. Ben is Regional Co-ordinator for City of Sanctuary, for the South East, Eastern and Central Regions of the country.


King Richard III

August

Saturday 17 August | 5.30pm
Choral Evensong to mark the anniversary of the death of King Richard III
A solemn occasion when, through music, prayer, and the laying of white roses, the memory of the Battle of Bosworth is held.

Thursday 22 August | 6.30pm
Reinterment Relived: The Dean Reflects
On the exact date of the Battle of Bosworth, the Cathedral remains open until 8.00pm for extended viewing, special guided tours and family activities. At 6.30pm, the Dean will offer some reflections about King Richard’s reinterment in March 2015. Free admission, no booking required.


Children and Family

August

Saturday 17 August | 11.00am
Messy Cathedral: Footprints
With crafts, storytelling and food, exploring footprints together. Book via Eventbrite.

13 July – 16 August
Family Trail 
Follow the footprints around the Cathedral building to discover self-guided family activities!


Journeys Festival International Leicester

Journeys Festival International Leicester celebrates the creative talent of exceptional refugee and asylum seeker artists and shares the refugee experience through great art.

We are delighted to host some of the Recovered Histories art work, on display in the Cathedral over July and August, as well as Stories of Sanctuary, a concert performed by the
Sanctuary Seekers Choir on 27 August (see Music and Concerts above).

In addition, two of our Dean’s Discussions closely connect with the theme and work of the Festival: Unfolding Design, with the artist George Sfourgaras, and I am Human, with Ben Margolis, Regional Co-ordinator for City of Sanctuary. See the above for details!


 

Summer Organ Festival 2019

The Summer Organ Festival returns with a series of concerts on Tuesday evenings in July and August at 7.30pm. Each concert lasts approximately 70 minutes.

Alongside members of the Cathedral’s music department we welcome visiting organists from around the UK. Come and hear the Cathedral Organ put through its paces as our recitalists explore the organ’s many colours and the vast repertoire written for it.

Each concert has large screen projection to see the organists’ hands and feet at work.

Full details of the concerts can be seen below.


Tickets (on the door) £7.50
• £5.00 (students with NUS card)
• Accompanied under 16’s FREE


New Assistant Director of Music at Leicester Cathedral

Leicester Cathedral is delighted to announce the appointment of Rosie Vinter to the post of Assistant Director of Music and Head of Music Outreach. Rosie is currently Organ Scholar at Lichfield Cathedral and Graduate Music Assistant at Lichfield Cathedral School. She is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists and has degrees from Chichester University and the London College of Music.

Christopher Ouvry-Johns, Director of Music at Leicester Cathedral, said: “Rosie’s skill-set and experience are as close a match for this post as we could have hoped to find. She is a highly proficient organist, conductor and singer and, most importantly, has an instinctive understanding of education and an ability to establish a rapport with young singers, which will be invaluable both in the classrooms of our DioSing! schools and in her work with the choristers and young songmen at Leicester Cathedral. I look forward very much to welcoming her to the department after the summer holidays.”

Emma Davies, Acting Canon Precentor of Leicester Cathedral , said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Rosie will be joining our music department here at Leicester Cathedral. The considerable skills, talent and experience that she brings will be enormously valuable to our music team and will enable us to build on and develop the good musical work that we have undertaken here. We very much look forward to welcoming Rosie in September.”

Speaking about her appointment, Rosie said: “I am delighted to be joining Leicester Cathedral as Assistant Director of Music and Head of Music Outreach, and cannot wait to begin working with the Cathedral music department and local schools in September. Prior to this appointment, I studied Theology and Music at Chichester University, and Music Performance at the London College of Music. I have since been teaching music at Abbots Bromley School and Lichfield Cathedral School, and have held posts as organ scholar at Chelmsford Cathedral, Temple Church and Lichfield Cathedral.”

Diocese celebrates 25th anniversary of Ordination of Women as Priests

Saturday afternoon saw a packed Cathedral at a service to celebrate and give thanks for 25 years of women being ordained as priests in the Church of England.
The Silver Jubilee celebration Eucharist saw Bishop Guli, our own female Bishop of Loughborough, lead and preside while the sermon was delivered by the Archdeacon Pastor of Coventry Diocese, Sue Field, who was one of those ordained in Leicester Cathedral on 8 May 1994. Also ordained at the same service a quarter of a Century ago was Susan Leighton, Priest in Charge of St Theodores and Chaplain of the Good Shepherd, who shared with the congregation some of her own reflections and experiences.

Music was provided by the Girls and Songmen of the Cathedral Choir and in a nice nod to history, the opening hymn and the Bible readings were the same as those used in the service 25 years ago.

Afterwards, a special celebration cake and prosecco were enjoyed by the congregation, in keeping with the celebratory nature of the day.

Following the service Canon Karen Rooms, Women’s Ministry Enabler for the Diocese said: “What a joy to gather together the first ground breaking generation of women ordained over 25 years, whose priesthood is blessing the people of this city and county today. Their leadership and ministry in parish, in chaplaincy, in the Church and wider society, and in new ways of building community and doing church, is testimony to our collective response to the continuing work of God that the church marks at Pentecost.”

Service for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, on 6 June 1944, also known as D-Day. A series of major commemorations is planned to mark this historic occasion, with events planned in the UK and at various locations along the Normandy coast.

Today, Thursday 6 June 2019, the Cathedral will hold a special Service of Commemoration to mark the anniversary. The Service will start at 5.30pm.

All are welcome.