Planet – Politics – Peace

The season from September to November is titled ‘Planet – Politics – Peace’ and covers a variety of events connected to the liturgical year and other themes. Over this period of time various events and services explore the question of how faith and action hang together and influence each other.

We begin by celebrating Creationtide, an ecumenical and international initiative from 1 September to 4 October. We reflect on God’s gifts in creation and the challenges arising from the dominium terrae, that God has given human beings ‘dominion over the works of your hands and put all things under their feet’ (Psalm 8). The season concludes on the day Francis of Assisi is commemorated. Francis, patron saint of ecology and the environment, is remembered for his advocacy of poverty and simplicity, as well as his love of all God’s creatures.

Being entrusted with the care of God’s creation is anything but political in times of environmental crises like plastic pollution and climate change. Historic occasions like the centenary of suffrage and the Armistice at the end of World War 1 pose their own focal points within the bigger question of how God wants us to exercise our care for his creation and how God calls us to live in a complex and unfinished world.

The Reverend Canon Dr Johannes Arens, Canon Precentor

Services and Events

Saturday 8 September

All day  Heritage Open Day 2018 – Free Tours
Join us for free First World War and Tower tours. More details on how to book can be found here.

Sunday 9 September

15.00   Choral Evensong with LCOCA Reunion
All welcome to a reunion of the Cathedral’s Old Choristers’ Association.

Monday 10 September

13.00   Lunchtime Recital: Fabula Musica
Music from the Royal Courts for Mezzo-Soprano and Harpsichord, in period costume. Free admission, all welcome.

Wednesday 12 September

18.30   The Far and Near Lecture – The First World War: 100 Years On
Given by Professor Sir Hew Strachan. Tickets for £5 are available from Eventbrite here.

Sunday 16 September

15.00   Choral Evensong with Installation of Canons
All welcome.

Monday 17 September

13.00   Lunchtime Concert: Amara Ensemble: Reflections of War
Music by Bax and Debussy for Flute, Viola and Harp. Free admission, all welcome.

Saturday 22 September

17.30   Golden Jubilee Mass to Celebrate the Anniversary of Robin Martin’s Ordination to the Priesthood
All welcome.

Sunday 30 September

10.30   Cathedral Harvest Service
All welcome.

Monday 1 October

13.00   Lunchtime Concert: Jonathan Eyre, Organ
Free admission, all welcome.

Friday 5 October

14.00   Thanksgiving Service for David Brooks
All welcome.

Sunday 7 October

15.00   County Civic Service
All welcome.

Monday 8 October

13.00   Lunchtime Concert: Anna Jane Davis (Soprano) and Chris Susans (Lute)
Sweet love doth now invite: Songs of John Dowland. Free admission, all welcome.

Tuesday 9 October

18.30   Exhibition Launch and Lecture
All are welcome to the launch evening for There But Not There (see page six) and for What has this done to us? The First World War and its impact on the community of St Martin’s Church, Leicester, a lecture given by Elizabeth Amias on the impact of WWI on the parish church which is now Leicester Cathedral.

Thursday 11 October and Friday 12 October

19.30   Henry V
Antic Disposition present their critically acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s play. See back page for details.

Saturday 13 October

11.00   Called Together
All are welcome to the Diocesan licensing service for lay ministers.

19.30   Henry V
See back page for details.

Monday 15 October

13.00   Lunchtime Concert: De Montfort University
Flute and Bassoon trio performing Haydn’s London Trios. Free admission, all welcome.

Tuesday 16 October

19.30   Young Farmers’ Harvest Service
All welcome.

Thursday 25 October

18.30   Guild of St Martin Dinner
Tickets for £85/70 available from the Cathedral Office. Guest Speaker: Professor Michael Wood; compère: Monica Winfield.

Friday 26 October

18.30   Cathedral Community Dinner
Tickets for £10 available from the Cathedral Office.

Monday 29 October

13.00   Poetry Workshop with Dr Mary Ann Lund
Exploring the link between poetry and the First World War. Free entry, all welcome.

18.30   That They May Have Life: The First World War and the Founding of the University of Leicester
All are welcome to a lecture given by Elizabeth Blood on how WWI led to the creation and founding of Leicester’s first University.

Tuesday 30 October

18.30   Home and Away
All are welcome to a talk hosted by the St Philips Centre, asking the question ‘how do we live well when we see the world differently’.

Saturday 3 November

13.30   SoundCafé Remembers
All are welcome to a SoundCafé sing-a-long of war-time songs to mark the Armistice Centenary.

19.00   Music and Light: A Concert of Indian Classical Music
Tickets for £10 (concessions £8) are available from Eventbrite.

Sunday 4 November

15.00   Choral Evensong with the Installation of the Archdeacon of Leicester
Installation of Richard Worsfold. All welcome.

Monday 5 November

13.00   Lunchtime Concert: Samuel Ali, Organ
From the Royal College of Music. Free admission, all welcome.

17.30   Requiem Eucharist
All are welcome to a special Eucharist for All Souls’ Day. The Cathedral Choir will sing Fauré’s Requiem.

Saturday 10 November

09.00   Diocesan Lay Congress
Please note that the Cathedral will be closed to the public until 16.00.

Sunday 11 November

16.00   Service to Commemorate the end of the First World War
All welcome.

Monday 12 November

13.00   Lunchtime Concert: Stoneygate School
Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo by Joseph Horovitz. Free admission, all welcome.

Tuesday 13 November

18.30   Interactive Session on Diwali
Run by the St Philips Centre. All welcome.

Monday 19 November

13.00   Lunchtime Concert: Esther Arens (Soprano), Mike Dewis (Baritone) and David Cowen (Piano)
Excerpts from the Italian Songbook by Hugo Wolf. Free admission, all welcome.

Thursday 22 November

12.30   Buy a Lunch, Give a Lunch
In aid of Cathedral outreach and The Bridge. Tickets available from the Cathedral Office.

Sermons on the Theme

The combining thread throughout this season is the question of faith and action. How does my faith (or vision, values) influence my actions? To this end, Sunday Eucharist guest preachers will preach on a theme linking to ‘Planet – Politics – Peace’ as below.

There But Not There

9 October – 13 November 2018

All of us are used to war memorials, but during this period of time a number of transparent silhouettes will take up seats in Leicester Cathedral, representing some of the fallen of the First World War. This is part of an exhibition on the impact of the war on the community of the former parish of St Martin’s (now Leicester Cathedral) which is exemplary for other communities in the wider country.

Extensive research by local historian Elizabeth Amias has been done on biographical information for those who lived here, those who went to war, those who died, those who returned alive and all of those who had to live with what this has done to us. All are welcome to the opening of the exhibition with an introductory talk by Elizabeth Amias on 9 October, 6.30pm (see page 4).

For more information on the silhouettes, please visit


Henry V

Thursday 11, Friday 12 and Saturday 13 October 2018, 7.30pm

Marking the centenary of the First World War Armistice, award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition present their critically acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V in Leicester Cathedral for three special performances.

Moving effortlessly between 1415 and 1915, Antic Disposition’s Henry V combines Shakespeare’s epic history play with original songs inspired by the poetry of AE Housman, in a powerful tribute to the young soldiers caught up in conflicts five centuries apart.

Performed by a talented international cast of British and French actors, the production celebrates the rich and often turbulent relationship between our two nations, from the Hundred Years War to the Entente Cordiale.

£20–£35 (Under 26s £10 off) from or 0333 666 3366

Below you can see the seasonal booklet – pick one up in the Cathedral now!

Planet – Politics – Peace Booklet 2018