Defibrillator for Cathedral Gardens

On Monday 19 February the Bishop of Leicester and the Dean of Leicester unveiled a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) at St Martins House, adjacent to the Cathedral. The defibrillator has been given on long term loan by the national charity, the Community Heartbeat Trust.

Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow said: ”We are very glad to be able to host this life-saving equipment for the surrounding community as it will be available for members of the public and tourists visiting the Cathedral, St Martins House Conference Centre and Lodge, the new accommodation that will open later this year, as well as for the other venues, shops and businesses surrounding the Cathedral Gardens and St Martins area of Leicester.

Nick Quinn, Director of St Martins House, says “We are incredibly grateful to the Community Heartbeat Trust for their provision of a defibrillator to St Martins House and Cathedral Gardens. Visitors to Cathedral Gardens have increased in recent years making it a vibrant and flourishing part of the city centre. We are proud to be able to offer to raise the annual donation to maintain the device and ensure this vital lifesaving equipment is available to all in need.”

The device has been installed on the outside of St Martins House within easy access of visitors to St Martins House Conference Centre, Leicester Cathedral, the Richard III Visitor Centre and The Guildhall.

The incident of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the UK is about 1 in every 1000 people per annum, meaning there are around 60,000 per year. This can happen at any age or sex, and time to treat the patient is critical, with the patient dying at about 20% per minute.

“By placing defibrillators into communities and by undertaking training schemes in the locality we will save lives” says Martin Fagan, National Secretary for CHT. “We are delighted to have helped St Martins House and Cathedral Gardens surrounding area, including the world famous Richard III Visitor Centre.

The Community Heartbeat Trust is the leading charity in the provision of community defibrillators. To date CHT have placed over 4000 sites in the UK and actively supports churches, homeless centres and areas of need as well as over 400 village sites in Leicestershire and Rutland. CHT will only use equipment that is suitable for community and supports communities for the long term through training, governance and sustainability programmes.

New Website!

As you might have seen, we have a new website!

As you can imagine, there may be a fair few teething issues as we get to grips with new layouts and out of date formatting. Please bear with us as we work to make our new site accessible and open to all.

If you have any issues or questions, or any problems you might have, please contact Andrew Radford in the Cathedral office via email.

New CD from Leicester Cathedral Chamber Choir

Leicester Cathedral Chamber Choir’s new CD of choral and organ music is now available for purchase. Entitled ‘The Beatific Vision’, it features music by local composers Simon Mold and Charles Paterson. Simon is currently a Songman in Leicester Cathedral Choir, and Charles a former Songman. Compositions by both composers have been widely performed and featured on radio and television.

The music on the CD is conducted by Dr Christopher Ouvry-Johns, and the organ is played by Simon Headley. The CD cover features a detail from one of the new 2015 Leicester Cathedral Redemption Windows by Tom Denny.

Christopher Ouvry-Johns, Leicester Cathedral Director of Music, said: “I’m delighted that, in its third year, Leicester Cathedral Chamber Choir’s first CD recording is of music composed by two of its members. Whatever your taste in Choral Music, there really is something for everyone on it, ranging from large-scale accompanied Romantic anthems to shorter a cappella miniatures, with two Mass settings thrown in for good measure. While not specifically a Christmas CD, the inclusion of three carols, one of them a beautiful setting of ‘In the bleak mid-winter’ with harp accompaniment, make this an ideal present, with the festive season now only a few weeks away.”

The Dean of Leicester, the Very Revd David Monteith, said: “Our Cathedral music often celebrates the work of the great composers. But it is also a living tradition and so I am thrilled that this CD of new beautiful music reflects our 21st-century spiritual longing, celebrating great local composers and singing talent.”

The CD, on the prestigious Herald label, received an official launch in Leicester Cathedral after the morning Eucharist on the morning of Sunday 15 October, 2017, where some of the music on the recording was performed during the service.

Between then and its international release in the New Year, The Beatific Vision will be obtainable in the Christian Resources Shop in St Martin’s House, next to Leicester Cathedral at a price of £10.00, or by mail order from the Cathedral Office ( at a price of £12.50, which includes postage and packing.