Remembering the loss of loved ones, special occasions and everyday freedom.
As we journey through a season of bereavement to new hope this Lent, we invite you to be part of our Tree of Loss:Tree of Hope. Each hand printed leaf added to the tree recognises a loved one, special occasion or event that has been lost, particularly within the last 12 months.
Buy a leaf and leave a message of memorial to be written on your leaf. Leaves will be placed on the bare trees in the Cathedral – watch our Hope grow over the course of Lent as we remember all that has been lost in 2020 (and beyond). After Easter the leaves will be posted back to you inside a bespoke Sarah Kirby print card.
The leaves, created by local artist and Cathedral friend, Sarah Kirby, will be available to purchase online (via Eventbrite here) from Wednesday 17 February through to Saturday 3 April 2021.
Lament is part of the Christian journey: our crying out to God for help, for forgiveness and for healing. With Covid-19 we have lost much, people are still suffering and dying, our society is in shock and trauma and there are heavy hearts. In the Bible God’s people lament and through it find strength and a new way of perceiving their lives in the world. We invite you to explore this theme with us so that we might come to Easter and have a personal and genuine sense of resurrection.
All these services are presently planned to be online but we will keep the situation monitored pending Covid restrictions. All information is correct at the time of writing but is, of course, subject to change!
Tuesdays | 7.00pm
Live-streamed Sung Compline with Address Compline is a short gentle evening service, often said or sung in monasteries. We entrust ourselves into God’s safe keeping.
Live-streamed Holy Communion with Lenten Thought for the Day, 1.00pm
Lent Course: Dazzling Darkness, 7.45–8.55pm Five evenings of meditation, reflection and creative experience on Zoom, discovering what is vital and life-giving in the shadows…
Sundays | from 10.30am
Morning Service Focusing on Lament and Penitence as we journey with Jesus; mirroring his time in the wilderness. Pre-recorded services, available on the Cathedral website and YouTube channel.
All live-streamed services will be available to watch for free on Leicester Cathedral’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Pre-recorded services can be watched on YouTube at any time from the time of upload.
Ash Wednesday Wednesday 17 February Ash Wednesday Eucharist | 1.00pm Live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube.
Ash Wednesday Choral Eucharist | 5.30pm Live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube. With music performed by the Cathedral Choir.
The Justice Service
Sunday 7 March | from 3.00pm A pre-recorded release of the annual service. Available to watch on the Cathedral website and YouTube.
Mothering Sunday Service Sunday 14 March | from 10.30am A pre-recorded all-age service devoted to Mothering Sunday. Available to watch on the Cathedral website and YouTube.
Memorial of Lament Tuesday 23 March | from 7.00pm A live-streamed service marking the one year anniversary of the first national lockdown. Available to watch on Facebook and YouTube.
Palm Sunday Palm Sunday Service
Sunday 28 March | from 10.30am Our pre-recorded weekly Sunday service. Available to watch on the Cathedral website and YouTube.
Maundy Thursday Thursday 1 April Diocesan Chrism Service | 11.00am A live-streamed Eucharist, including the blessing of oils and recommitment to ministry.
Maundy Thursday Service | 7.00pm More details to be announced soon.
Good Friday Friday 2 April Children’s Good Friday Service | from 10.00am An online pre-recorded service for all the family. Available to watch on the Cathedral website and YouTube.
Easter Day Sunday 4 April Festal Eucharist | 10.30am Live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube.
Art to Inspire
We are planning some art installations including Tree of Loss:Tree of Hope curated by local artist Sarah Kirby, and The Tree in the Gardens, which will help us mark the changing aspects of Lent from ashes to glory.
Together in Holy Week
A Cry from the Cross
We will provide an online retreat style daily reflection with readings, poems and music. Six Addresses will be given by Bishop Guli and the final address will be given by the Dean. This will run on YouTube and be available from 12.00pm daily from Palm Sunday through to and including Holy Saturday.
Thomas Trilby’s Bring ya socks Family Show 6–7 March 2021
A fast moving mixture of circus skills and magic finished off with learning how to juggle – you just need to bring your socks! Available to watch from 10.00am for 2 days. Tickets £5–10 available from Eventbrite.
An Evening of Poetry with Jay Hulne 19–21 March 2021
Join Jay Hulme, award winning transgender performance poet, speaker and educator, for an evening of poetry coinciding with World Poetry Day. Available to watch from 8.00pm for 3 days. Tickets £5–10 available from Eventbrite.
An Evening of Blues with Jinda Biant 26–28 March 2021
An evening of blues music from Jinda Biant, “the emblematic poster boy of new music” – BBC Asian Network. Available to watch from 7.00pm for 3 days. Tickets £5–10 available from Eventbrite.
Easter Trail for Children and Families From 5 April
Take part in a special Easter Trail, with map, QR codes, an Easter video, and Easter Egg prizes!
More information to come.
All these services and events are presently planned to be online but we will keep the situation monitored pending Covid restrictions. All information is correct at the time of writing but is, of course, subject to change!
With support from the Culture Recovery Fund we are delighted to announce the return of our Monday Lunchtime Recitals as a series of online events and look forward to sharing inspiring music with you again. Attached is a season flyer with details of the recitals which have been pre-recorded at Leicester Cathedral and will be available at 1.00pm on the date advertised.
To register for the recitals, or for further information about each recital, click the links below:
The recitals are free and donations are invited; there is an option to buy a ticket by donation on the booking page. Donations will go to Leicester Cathedral Music Foundation. Leicester Cathedral Music Foundation supports the work of the Music Department at Leicester Cathedral, funding salaries, training for choristers and young songmen, outreach and other activity. Sophia Ramnarine and Matthew Farrell both started their musical training as choristers at Leicester and have gone on to study at the University of Cambridge and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama respectively. Thank you very much for your support.
We look forward to sharing these recitals with you – we hope you enjoy them as much as we will!
Additionally, various members of us Cathedral Clergy are saying Morning and Evening Prayer regularly, at 8.30am and 4.30pm respectively. The app for this is easily found on the Church of England website, which is where you’ll find the Archbishop of Canterbury’s service, and other useful resources.
While we may be closed to visitors, you can still enjoy a 360° virtual walk around the Cathedral from the comfort of your own home, using the Google Maps function below!
Monday 18 January 2021
With cases of infection rising in Leicester and Leicestershire, Leicester Cathedral is now closing our doors to the public but ensuring our online services, events, and prayers are offered during these further weeks of lockdown.
Due to Covid-19, Leicester Cathedral is now closing our doors to the public but ensuring our online services, events, and prayers are offered during these further weeks of lockdown.
The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester, said “We now feel on balance that we must really reinforce the message to stay at home. We know we can pray everywhere but some feel the need to do this in the Cathedral alongside many who would wish to receive the sacrament of Christ’s body and blood in person. So this is a painful decision closing this holy sanctuary at the heart of the community. However, it is necessary for the sake of others.”
Morning Prayer will be live-streamed on the Cathedral Facebook page at 8.30am, Monday–Friday.
A lunchtime Holy Communion will be be live-streamed on the Cathedral Facebook page at 1.00pm on Wednesdays.
Our online YouTube service will continue to be released at 10.30am every Sunday. These are available to watch on the Cathedral website and our YouTube channel whenever you want. Click here to watch, along with other recorded services.
Please note the information on this page is subject to change and will be updated regularly.
Leading Cathedral and church buildings fundraiser Janet Arthur has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year Honours.
She is a stalwart of her village church in Smeeton Westerby and the local community, a Leicester Cathedral trustee, Chair of LeicesterShire Historic Churches Trust, organiser of ‘Ride and Stride’, and with her husband, Gordon, is a leading fundraiser for Leicester Cathedral Revealed.
You can read a brief article mentioning Janet’s MBE on the BBC website here. Janet was also a Trustee of the Leicester International Music Festival in its early years in the 1990s, helped launch the Hope Foundation for Cancer Research in 2003, and is currently a lay member of the Council of the University of Leicester and serves on the Education and Philanthropy sub-committees. A link to an interview she did with BBC Leicester is here – listen from 1:16:30 (eight mins in to the programme).
The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester, said: “As a lay Honorary Canon, Janet has unstintingly supported and helped to shape the Cathedral’s work joining city and county in common endeavour. With Gordon she now heads up our fundraising which will enable our development project Leicester Cathedral Revealed to break ground. This will allow us to serve our community better and to find new ways for long term sustainability.’ The Chapter and Community are thrilled for Janet and this much deserved Honour.”
Janet said: “I feel truly honoured to have been appointed MBE for services to the community in Smeeton Westerby, Leicestershire. Christ calls us to love our neighbours as ourselves and to root ourselves in our community, which is what I have always tried to do in following Him. For over 30 years, through the work of the LeicesterShire Historic Churches Trust, I have devoted my particular talents and energies to the cause of the ecclesiastical built heritage in this diocese (across all denominations, but recognising that by far the greatest number of historic churches are Anglican).
“This isn’t because I think all churches and chapels should be preserved at all costs, stuck in some sort of time warp. It’s because I believe that these sacred Christian buildings are also key community buildings, and I want to help those who have the onerous responsibility for looking after them and those who bravely take on the task of raising the necessary funds for restoration projects and improved community use – many of whom receive little encouragement or recognition.
“My God-given talents are largely administrative and analytical, plus a capacity for the grunt work of administration that many people find irksome. All the voluntary work that I have done in Leicester/shire (whether for my parish church, LHCT, the Cathedral, the University of Leicester, the Leicester International Music Festival, or the Hope Foundation for Cancer Research) has been largely administrative.
“Lastly, and thinking in particular of my own parish of Smeeton Westerby, I am an experienced amateur musician and I know that the religious experience can be found and felt in music, art and literature – and I feel privileged to play our church organ for regular and special services, and for weddings and funerals which are times of great and spiritual significance for members of our village community.”
We are pleased to present highlights from our Advent and Christmas recordings, featuring Leicester Cathedral musicians and children from our DioSing! schools’ singing programme.
We hope that you enjoy our music. Like many people and places, Leicester Cathedral has been hit hard this year by the pandemic. If you would like to, and are able to, we would be very grateful if you could make a Christmas gift.
It is with great sadness that we have learnt of Alan Warren’s death after a time of declining health.
Alan was Provost (equivalent of Dean) of Leicester Cathedral from 1978-1992, having previously been the Vicar of Holy Apostles in the city. There are still some families who worship at the Cathedral who remember Alan’s pastoral and wise leadership of the Cathedral. Alan and Sylvia have enjoyed a happy retirement in Hunstanton before returning recently to Leicester.
We offer our prayers for the family including Sylvia who is resident at Wyggeston’s Hospital and for the wider family circle.
The Bishop of Leicester has appointed The Revd Canon Emma Davies the new Canon Precentor and Canon Residentiary at Leicester Cathedral.
She has been Acting Precentor for more than a year following secondment from her role as Team Vicar in The Avon-Swift benefice, Leicestershire.
Dean of Leicester, The Very Revd David Monteith, said: “I couldn’t be more delighted that the Bishop has appointed Emma having interviewed a very strong field of four candidates. On behalf of the Chapter, I am delighted to welcome her and her family. We look forward to her formal installation possibly in the early New Year, which will mark the start of this new phase of ministry. Emma will not only carry out the normal duties with professionalism and care but she also has great passion for ensuring that our music and liturgy become a vital dimension of growing in faith and discipleship.”
Revd Canon Emma said: “I am really delighted to accept the role of Canon Precentor at Leicester Cathedral and very excited to be taking the work I have begun in shaping the liturgy and music here into a new dimension with the addition of responsibility for spirituality and discipleship.
“As well as recent experience at the Cathedral, I bring something of the perspective of the wider county with me into this role from my ministry in rural parishes over many years. My family and I now are looking forward to this new chapter, making our home in the city centre. It will be very good to be working afresh with familiar and new faces in the Cathedral and diocese as we seek to grow in faith and to worship God together.”
Former Canon Precentor, The Revd Canon Dr Johannes Arens, who spent last year on secondment as Faith Adviser to De Montfort University (DMU) is now Transition Priest in the Holy Spirit Team with responsibility for St Andrew’s Church, Jarrom Street, Leicester, at the edge of the DMU campus where he has a focus on developing chaplaincy engagement with the university.
Leicester Cathedral receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund
Leicester Cathedral has been awarded £249,999 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.
Leicester Cathedral is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.
This grant will help sustain the choral tradition at Leicester Cathedral. Leicester Cathedral is the only place in Leicestershire where Evensong is sung on weekdays and one of only a handful where it is sung each Sunday.
Under normal circumstances we host an eclectic and diverse programme of musical events and activities that range from traditional choral music to cutting edge modern music and classical Indian music.
Choristers at Leicester Cathedral benefit from the rigorous and intensive musical education for which the British Cathedral tradition is envied throughout the world. Our singing programme, DioSing!, embeds this work in the day-to-day education of primary school children around the city and county, thereby enabling an even wider cross-section of the population to benefit from the expertise of the Cathedral musicians through a curriculum covering the full range of skills required of a choral singer.
This funding will help our music achieve financial viability by 31 March 2021. It will offer our city a positive and inclusive experience of Christmas and increase our capacity for activity and sustainability.
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: “This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery. “These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This
unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.”
Chair of the Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said: “Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”
Dean of Leicester, The Very Revd David Monteith, said: “At Leicester Cathedral our singers give us joy and inspire us on the darkest of days. We believe choral music is for everyone, and our singers are diverse in age, race and backgrounds. This money means this great tradition of music making can continue and even develop more.”
Director of Music at Leicester Cathedral, Dr Chris Ouvry-Johns, said: “Cathedral music is as much a part of our cultural heritage as the buildings in which it is heard throughout the land and the thought of Leicester Cathedral without the sound of our choirs and organ in worship and concert is like imagining a heart with no blood to pump. This funding will enable us to continue to make that tradition accessible to everyone in our community, whether they are close to us geographically or connect with us from further afield through our online offering.”