Lunchtime Concerts | Spring 2020

The Church of England has urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All Church of England churches are to close with immediate effect, including for private prayer.

Leicester Cathedral is closed for the foreseeable future, including services and events.

We will aim to reschedule events to a later date. We will be in touch as soon as we have a new date.

We are aware this is a very difficult time and will prompt a number of further questions. We will update the Cathedral website on the Covid-19 FAQs page and issue new guidance as soon as we are able, and share through the Cathedral’s social media accounts as well. Do keep checking back.

Please note the concert on Monday 20 January has had to be postponed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Details correct at time of publication. Please note that performers could change at short notice.

Pilgrimage in a Day

The British Pilgrimage Trust have created day pilgrimages for all cathedrals to mark this 2020 year of pilgrimage. See below for details on the Leicester Cathedral Pilgrimage in a Day.

Leicester Cathedral Pilgrimage in a Day – 8 or 11 miles. This pilgrimage route has a royal theme connecting the start and end points. The young prince St Wigstan was martyred in 849AD, the church in Wistow marking the place where he was slain. The royal blood that was shed reputedly causes human hair to grow among the grass in the churchyard on 1 June, the anniversary of his death, a 12th century legend that speaks volumes of the medieval imagination. The pilgrimage heads north through fields, passing the medieval church of St Luke’s, before emerging into Leicester’s suburbs and the final stretch into the city centre past memorials to another royal victim of bloodshed, or before taking a pleasant canal-side route almost all the way into the city centre (depending on which route you take). Emerging on to the streets for the final stretch into the city centre, pilgrims will pass past memorials to another royal victim of bloodshed. King Richard III’s remains were uncovered in a car park in 2012, and reverently buried in the nearby Leicester Cathedral in 2015, where his tomb can be visited today.

In collaboration with the British Pilgrimage Trust, this route was created by Nick Mayhew-Smith, author of ‘The Naked Hermit‘, and Britain’s Holiest Places. 

To download the route onto your phone, go to the Trust’s website here:

Your Cathedral needs your help to bring the Knife Angel to Leicester

The Knife Angel took two years to make and, standing at 27 feet tall, is made from over 100,000 knives which have been taken out of circulation. It is a response to the problem of Knife Crime and Violence and Aggression in our society and was made by Clive Knowles and his team at the British Ironwork Centre in Shropshire – see   It has been travelling from city to city, often displayed at cathedrals, including Coventry and Derby Cathedrals.

A group of people and organisations from the city have already come together to bring it to Leicester in May 2020. It will be placed in Cathedral Gardens. The Cathedral is already working with the City Council, Leicester City Football Club, The Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner and many others.

We plan that it will be accompanied by a programme of activities to draw attention to the impact of knife crime and to help empower those who are most vulnerable, especially young people from across our communities. Young people are already planning a programme of events including working with those already impacted by knife crime. Additionally the Cathedral will host a Book of Reflections and a Memorial Service for those who have experienced knife crime.

There is no hire charge to host the statue but there are other costs associated with bringing it here. For example, it would be Leicester’s responsibility to transport it to the next city after we have hosted the Angel.

The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester, said ‘We really want this to happen but we need to appeal for help to make this possible. Other cities have done it.  I’m sure we can too. We want to make a real and lasting impact here in 2020.’

We need businesses and individuals to offer pro-bono help with the following:

Structural Engineers to advise on installation

Road haulage of sufficient capacity


Security provision

Portable Stage and Lighting

PA for launch and closing events

Printing to help with signage and publicity

Marketing input

Media support

Creative partners who help us devise events

Sponsors/funders to make it all happen

Please get in touch via email and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Advent and Christmas 2019

Entertaining Angels


For most people Christmas is a time of immense busyness and the Cathedral is no exemption. From the beginning of December there will be a procession of carol services, concerts and other events as different groups join us to mark this great celebration. I hope you will be able to make space for some of the different things talked about in this booklet.

As well as being busy we will have all our regular congregations and visitors. Some will be looking for comfort at what can be a difficult time of the year. Others will be wanting some space and stillness from the hectic schedule they can find ourselves in. Please pray that the people that come into the Cathedral will find God’s presence and peace and I pray that you too may find the peace of the Christ child this season.

Finally, in thinking for a theme this year I was struck by how angels play a key part in the story. From the announcement to Mary to the warning to Joseph to flee to Egypt. In fact angels turn up all over the place in scripture and many times it is ambiguous as to who or what is being described. They can be ‘God’; they can be divine beings created by God; they can be human beings speaking on behalf of God. I think it is purposely vague so that we don’t get hung up on the detail but hear whatever is the message they are conveying. During Advent, we will be having a teaching series on angels on the Sunday mornings as we seek to hear God as a cathedral. Please pray that, as we approach 2020 and all that will entail with our building project and even moving out of the building, we will stay tuned into what God is saying and doing that we might continue to build the kingdom.

May you have a blessed Advent and Christmas and do not forget the challenging words of Hebrews 13.2:

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it!
The Revd Canon Paul Rattigan Canon Chancellor

With thanks to the Friends of Leicester Cathedral for supporting events and activities during Advent and Christmas. Join by filling in an application form from the South Door or the Cathedral website here. The Cathedral Christmas tree was kindly donated by Palmers Garden Centre, Enderby.

The Dean’s Christmas Message

Advent and Christmas Services

Sunday 1 December  |  3.00pm
Advent Carol Service
Carols and music sung by the Cathedral Choir to mark the beginning of Advent.

Thursday 5 December  |  6.30pm 
Carols After Work
Join with city workers, residents and the wider community for a festive celebration.

Friday 6 December  |  7.00pm
Christian Union Carol Service

Saturday 7 December  |  5.30pm
Global Carol Service
A service of readings and carols from Christmas traditions around the world.

Sunday 8 December  |  3.00pm
Carol Service attended by the Freemasons

Wednesday 11 December  |  3.45pm
De Montfort University Carol Service

Thursday 12 December  |  5.30pm
Carol Service for the Courts

Monday 16 December  |  2.30pm
Dementia Carol Service
An informal service open to everyone, including people living with dementia, carers and families  followed by refreshments.

Thursday 19 December  |  6.00pm
The Cathedral Carol Service (I)
A traditional service of readings and prayers with Choir and Congregational carols. No booking needed. All welcome. Preacher: Canon Paul Rattigan.

Saturday 21 December  |  3.00pm and 4.30pm
Shoppers Carol Service
Take a break from your Christmas shopping and experience a moment of calm in amongst the busy-ness of the season with a short carol service in the beautiful atmosphere of your Cathedral. No booking needed. All welcome. A second service is at 4.30pm.

Sunday 22 December  |  3.00pm
The Cathedral Carol Service (II)
A traditional service of readings, prayers and carols. No booking needed. All welcome. Preacher: Bishop Guli.

Christmas Eve  Tuesday 24 December
Blessing of the Crib  |  3.00pm
A short service with carols and readings for children of all ages and their families as we build and bless the crib.

The Cathedral Carol Service (III)  |  6.00pm
A traditional service of readings, prayers and carols. No booking needed. All welcome. Preacher: Bishop Martyn.

Midnight Mass  |  11.30pm
All are welcome, to celebrate in the presence of the Christ Child and the Crib, with the Cathedral Choir, carols, incense and candlelight. Preacher: Dean David.

Christmas Day Wednesday 25 December
BCP Eucharist  |  8.00am

Festal Eucharist  |  10.30am
A Christmas morning service sung by the Cathedral Choir with carols, incense and Holy Communion. Preacher: Bishop Guli.

Festive Music and Events

Advent Meditations

Seasonal musical meditations with bible readings and poetry. Admission free.

Monday 2 December  |  1.00pm
Advent Meditation I

Monday 9 December  |  1.00pm

Advent Meditation II

Monday 16 December  |  1.00pm
Advent Meditation III

Monday 23 December  |  1.00pm
Advent Meditation IV

Tuesday 3 December  |  6.30pm 

Interfaith Panel Discussion
An evening exploring the birth narratives of Guru Nanak and Jesus. All welcome. With the Canon Chancellor.Wednesday 4 December  |  7.30pm
LOROS Charity Christmas Concert
Get into the Christmas spirit with a night of festive song. Join LOROS in the beautiful surroundings of Leicester Cathedral for a candle-lit evening of traditional Christmas carols, topped off with mulled wine and mince pies. Refreshments: 7.00pm, concert starts: 7.30pm. Tickets for £10.00 (adult) & £5.00 (child) available from 7 December  |  12.00pm
SoundCafé Carol-a-thon
From 12.00–3.00pm. All welcome.Saturday 14 December  |  7.30pm
Christmas Concert with the Leicester Symphony Orchestra and Cathedral Choir
Join us for a special concert of orchestral music, choral pieces, and audience carols. Tickets for £12.00 available from

Children and Family

Saturday 14 December   |  11.00am
Family Christmas Craft
Families are invited to join us for 90 minutes of Christmas crafts and activities. Book via Eventbrite. Please book for all children and adults attending.Monday 23 December   |  7.00pm
BBC Radio Leicester Sing Christmas!
This is an interactive community carol service broadcast live from St Martins House on BBC Radio Leicester. See their website for more details.Tuesday 24 December   |  3.00pm
Blessing of the Crib
A short service with carols and readings for children of all ages and their families as we build and bless the crib.Saturday 25 January 2020  | 3.00pm
Messy Christingle Service
A service for children and their families, singing carols and retelling the Christmas story with Christingles. Please note January date. Book via Eventbrite. Please book for all children and adults attending.

Sunday Eucharist Sermons in Advent

Exploring Biblical truths around angels, 10.30am Eucharist preachers will preach on a theme linking to the season of Entertaining Angels.

1 December
Burning in God’s Presence

8 December
Angels Among Us

15 December
The Battle Against Us

22 December
Angels and Guidance

Altered Opening Hours for Christmas

On Christmas Day, the Cathedral will be closed after the 10.30am Eucharist (approx. 12.30pm). From Thursday 26 December to Wednesday 1 January, the Cathedral will open as usual for prayers from 8.30am, but Evening Prayer will take place at 3.30pm (at 3.00pm on Sunday 29 Dec), after which the building will close. Normal opening hours will resume on Thursday 2 January 2020. Please visit the Forthcoming Closures page for full details of services, or closures and restrictions for special events.

Special Services

January 2020

Sunday 5 January
Epiphany Eucharist  |  10.30am
Epiphany Service: Follow the Star   |  3.00pm


Sunday 2 February
Candlemas Eucharist  |  10.30am
Choral Evensong with Installation of Canons   |  3.00pm

The Shack

Monday 13 and 20 January 2020 | 7.30pm

Spread over two evenings, examine the emotionally-charged story which ponders the question ‘Where is God when the world is full of brokenness?’

During the first session on 13 January, you’ll watch the film (popcorn and tissues provided). At the second, on 20 January, you’ll discover some of the background to the story and its author before discussing the themes raised.

Admission is free and all are welcome. In St Martins House, next to Leicester Cathedral (7 Peacock Lane, LE1 5PZ)

Jesus: Angel, Man or Myth?

Monday 27 January  |  7.30pm

Explore your faith in this informal session with Canon Paul Rattigan

No matter where you are in your spiritual journey,  during this session you’ll be exploring the core of Christianity. Canon Paul will guide you through in a lecture style and will finish with a Q&A. Admission is free and all are welcome. In St Martins House, next to Leicester Cathedral.

Exploring the Christian Faith

During February there will be a chance to explore the Christian faith in more detail over a number of weeks on Mondays at 7.30pm. More information will be available closer to the time.

Record numbers flock to England’s cathedrals

England’s cathedrals have witnessed their highest Easter congregation numbers in recent years, while visitor numbers increased by a million on the previous year, statistics published today show.

Cathedrals reported nearly ten million visitors in 2018, an increase of over 10 per cent on the previous year. There were additionally over a million visitors to Westminster Abbey.

The major Christian festivals remain at the heart of congregational growth, with 58,000 people attending a cathedral at Easter and 95,000 during Holy Week – the highest numbers recorded for a decade, with Easter attendance up nearly 10,000 since 2008.

Meanwhile numbers at Christmas and Advent services rose five per cent on the previous year to reach 750,000 in 2018.  There were 133,000 people worshipping in cathedrals on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – second only to the previous year’s record high.

Cathedrals reported a total of 37,000 people worshipping each week in the year 2018, marking an increase of around 14 per cent over the past ten years. Around one in five cathedral worshippers was under the age of 16, also an increase on the previous year.

Attendance at midweek services, including choral evensong, grew 34 per cent in the ten years to 2018, with nearly 19,000 attending each week. More people attended midweek services than on Sunday for only the second time since records began.

Music in Cathedrals continues to flourish with 2,000 full-time choristers and 1,800 voluntary choir members.

Cathedrals also welcomed the highest ever number of children and young people for educational events. In 2018, 340,000 young people from nursery through to 18+ attended events at cathedrals and at Westminster abbey.

Third Estates Commissioner, Dr Eve Poole, who leads the Church of England’s Cathedrals Support Group, said: “We are proud that our cathedrals are a precious resource not only for the church but for the nation as well.

“We know from countless anecdotes that many who visit as tourists encounter something deeper, and cathedrals have been imaginative in creating more opportunities for people from all walks of life to cross their thresholds.

“The story behind these encouraging figures is of cherished buildings led by armies of dedicated staff and volunteers, who each year tell afresh in words, worship, music and light, the stories enshrined in these stones, which are the stories of our nation too.”

Cathedrals continued to play a key civic role, with Remembrance services drawing in additional numbers for the centenary of the First World War Armistice.

In Spring 2018 over 196,000 people visited Hereford for Cathedral to see Poppies: Weeping Window, an exhibition by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper featuring poppies previously seen at the Tower of London. Dean of Hereford, Michael Tavinor, described the event as being of great significance.

“The reactions of the many thousands, young and old, were as varied as the locations they travelled from, but a common experience seems to be one of remembrance, thanksgiving, regret and beauty,” he said.

Elsewhere, Peterborough Cathedral welcomed over 170,000 visitors in the space of three months following the arrival of Tim Peake’s Soyuz space capsule. Dean of Peterborough, Chris Dalliston, said the Soyuz spacecraft had “not only attracted large numbers of visitors, but also prompted questions about the relationship between science and faith and humanity’s place in the universe.”

Norwich Cathedral witnessed an increase of 65 per cent in Easter and Holy Week worshippers between 2014-18, with nearly 4,500 worshippers attending last year. Dean of Norwich, Jane Hedges, welcomed the trend, saying: “We are delighted that an increasing number of people are celebrating with us the heart of the Christian faith: that Christ is risen!

“Many different factors draw people to the Cathedral, including our engagement with the wider community and activities and events throughout the year, and above all, the quality of worship that we are able to offer.“

Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark, which also saw a rise during the same period (56 per cent) cites an annual Lent art installation as helping people to engage in the life of the Cathedral on London’s South-bank, contributing to more than 2,500 attending for Easter and Holy Week worship in 2018.

“We have been striving for openness and inclusion to all the communities in London as well as excellence in liturgy, worship and music,” he said.

“Christmas celebrations have an understandable cross community appeal, but there is something about Holy Week and Easter that appeals to those who are more committed as Christians.”

Another cathedral noticing significant Easter and Holy Week increased was Leicester, where a 136 per cent increase was recorded over the four year period, with nearly 4,000 attending during the Holy Week and Easter period in 2018.

Dean of Leicester, David Monteith, said there had been no single factor behind the increase, but that the cathedral had improved publicity, developed hospitality, invested in music and built relationships across the city and county.

“We are increasingly trusted to offer worship which is inspirational and inclusive; it is both ‘classic cathedral’ yet imaginative and challenging,” he said.

“We draw from the riches of our faith directing us to God and yet we address the lived experience of our people today.”

Other cathedrals have run events specifically to draw in the local community, including a special community evensong event at Southwell Minster, and a ‘Freshers Fair’ event in Wells Cathedral, where visitors found out about local volunteer organisations; groups and activities. A local film company created a soundscape for the event to imagine what the city of Wells might be like in the future.

Dean of Wells, Dr John Davies, said the event had inspired various other initiatives, including an abseil which raised over £60,000 for charity.

“’The event, Wake up Wells, was a wonderful example of Cathedral and Community overlapping and cooperating,” said the Dean.

“I had more letters of thanks afterwards than after any other event.  People felt a real sense of welcome and belonging.”

Many cathedrals participated in the Church of England’s Advent and Christmas campaign promoted by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, #FollowTheStar, which saw nearly 2,000 attending special Lumiere events at Durham and Canterbury Cathedrals. The campaign, which runs again in 2019, encourages more people to attend churches and cathedrals at Christmas time, finding local services and events on

Next year, 2020, will see new pilgrimage routes opened-up as part of Year of Pilgrimage, a project in collaboration between the British Pilgrimage Trust and the Association of English Cathedrals. The initiative will ensure there is a one-day pilgrimage route for every Church of England Cathedral, in addition to a group of six new trails in the north east.

Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield and Chair of the Association of English Cathedrals, described the latest statistics at pleasing, but warned against complacency:

“We continue to try and find ways that offer spiritual nurture and hospitality to people who have never had much contact with the Church or with organised religion,” he said.

“There is a place for a creative interpretation of big events and anniversaries – whether that’s the Armistice, Easter, Advent or the Moon Landing – and by opening up our great sacred spaces for such encounters, it opens up opportunities for new conversations and new dialogues; it welcomes, it challenges, it engages our communities and allows us to reach new audiences and that says something about cathedrals being a place for all, and a place for fresh encounter.

More information can be found on the Church of England’s website.


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

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

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

More events will be added in the coming weeks


The Peace Mural

Dean and Bishop speak of LCFC Chairman’s legacy a year on from the tragic helicopter crash

As the anniversary of the tragic death of five people including Leicester City Football Club Chairman Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha approaches, the Church of England Bishop and Dean of Leicester have spoken of his legacy of unity and love and a great example of generosity.

When the tragedy happened, the Bishop and Dean visited the stadium and spent time with people as they cried, laid flowers and prayed.

“The incident was such a shock to everyone. We all remember first hearing the news and how hard it was to understand that it could have happened. The loss of those five people continues to be heart-breaking for their families and is still felt by the whole community,” said Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow.

“Yet in looking back, we should recognise the hope that has emerged for our great city. Khun Vichai’s kindness to everyone at the club and his commitment to the city and county generated great unity and loyalty. We saw that in how people responded to the crash and we still see and feel it now. We can all learn from his example of reaching out in person to those around him, whoever they are, whatever their culture, with an attitude of generous respect.”

Dean of Leicester, the Very Revd David Monteith, said: “There was an incredible sadness over the city when it happened. Khun Vichai was known in person by the players, their families and many fans. It is a family, a close community, and you feel it when you go to the ground. His legacy is one of unity, love and ongoing commitment to the community, city and county, and of philanthropy.

“A year on from the shocking death of these five people, we stand together in the solidarity of grief. We recognise this is not something you get over in a year. We pray for all the families of those who died; that they may know God’s eternal peace even in their sadness.

He added that Khun Vichai’s personal donation to the Cathedral to help with the reburial of King Richard III in 2015 showed his reverence of monarchy and his support for the community. With the further generous grant of £800,000 from The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation for our Leicester Cathedral Revealed Project, his legacy will be manifest in this building not just for years but for centuries to come.

“Each of us can reach out across boundaries and be generous for the common good. His was a great example for us, particularly all at this time,” said the Dean.

Reconciliation – Seasonal Services and Events


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


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.


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.


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


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 £15 – £25


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 £5



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


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

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


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

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
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

Children and Family


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

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

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

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.

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

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


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.


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


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


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

Summer Organ Festival 2019


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


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


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!