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!