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Friends enjoy special day

Friends enjoy special day

More than 200 Friends descended on the Precincts to celebrate Friends’ Day on 16 July. This was our 89th festival day and we were delighted that Friends had joined us from far and near. Friends took part in a variety of activities from climbing the 300 steps of the Bell Harry Tower, exploring the roof of the Christ Church Gate,…
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Cathedral to receive £250,000 grant

Cathedral to receive £250,000 grant

Work to repair and further conserve a lesser known area of Canterbury Cathedral can now go ahead following the award of a £250,000 grant. Canterbury is one of 32 cathedrals to receive a share of the £14.5 million from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund, set up to help cathedrals to keep buildings weather-proof and open to the…
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Cathedral Events and Activities Throughout the Summer

Cathedral Events and Activities Throughout the Summer

Travel back in time with medieval story tellers. Unearth the Cathedral’s hidden history in an archaeological dig. Create your very own gruesome gargoyle. There is a wide array of exciting activities at the Cathedral, and at outreach events at festivals across East Kent, this summer. From arts and crafts to archaeology and conservation, there’s something for everyone. Staring on 23 July, you…
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Choir members bid farewell

Choir members bid farewell

Members of our Cathedral Choir are now taking a well-earned summer break and visiting choirs from the UK, China and the USA will joining us for services, concerts and recitals during July and August (see our Music List). On Sunday (17 July 2016) the Cathedral bade farewell to some of the young people who have been at the heart of its musical life. Founding members of the…
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Formal Grand Organ Recital with Adrian Bawtree

Formal Grand Organ Recital with Adrian Bawtree

Adrian Bawtree, the Cathedral’s Second Assistant Organist, will be performing a wide variety of pieces during this Saturday’s Formal Grand Organ Recital (16 July 2016). From Bach to Gárdonyi, Adrian will entertain with pieces that span three hundred years of Organ music from some of the world’s finest composers. Highlights will include the lyrical Lantana and Salix by Whitlock and Gárdonyi’s frolicsome Mozart Changes. This all…
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Painter Jamie Coreth wins Young Artist Award

Painter Jamie Coreth wins Young Artist Award

Jamie Coreth (right), who was commissioned by the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral to create the Dean’s portrait last year, has been presented with the Young Artist Award in the BP Portrait Awards 2016 at the National Portrait Gallery. He won the prize for his portrait Dad Sculpting Me (pictured below). The Portrait Award Exhibition has been run by the National Portrait Gallery for the last…
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Steeple Cup on Display

Steeple Cup on Display

This month in the Crypt we have an early 17th Century Steeple Cup on display. One of our Archive assistants, Madylene Outen, tells us more about this fascinating piece. “Canterbury Cathedral cares for some of the silver collections of parishes in the diocese. Most of this is silver for use during the Communion. One such item in the Cathedral’s care…
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Music in the Deanery: Shakespeare in Love

Music in the Deanery: Shakespeare in Love

28th July in the Deanery Garden A Fundraising Evening in aid of Porchlight and the Cathedral Herb Gardens Help raise funds for two very worthy causes, Porchlight and the communal gardens of the Cathedral, whilst enjoying an evening of Shakespeare and operatic highlights ranging from Purcell and Handel to Bizet and Verdi. This black tie event will start with a…
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Vasari Singers

Vasari Singers

Vasari Singers conducted by Jeremy Backhouse, a former Canterbury Cathedral chorister. Jeremy is celebrating his 50 years of music making in the Cathedral with I Was Glad which will include choral works by Gibbons, Allegri, Parry and Dove and features Angus Benton, BBC Young Chorister of the Year. Tickets £10, box office 0800 411 8881 or contact VasariGLAD@brownpapertickets.com, http://www.vasarisingers.org