Worcester Cathedral

Worcester Cathedral
Chapter Office
8 College Yard
Worcester
Worcestershire
WR1 2LA
England

Website

www.worcestercathedral.co.uk

E-mail

info@worcestercathedral.org.uk

Telephone

01905 732900

Fax

01905 29119

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Worcester Cathedral is a magnificent sight as it rises majestically above the River Severn. Worcester has been the seat of a bishopric since the Seventh Century, and the Cathedral was served by monks until the Reformation. St Oswald and St Wulfstan were among the bishops. Since the Eighteenth Century, the Cathedral has been famous for its part in the annual Three Choirs Festival, the oldest choral festival in existence. Today the Cathedral is the centre of a vibrant community of clergy and laypeople, offering the praises of God each day, serving the city and diocese of Worcester, and attracting visitors from all over the world.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Sacred space

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Worcestershire World War 100

"Woodbine Willie" Geoffrey Studdert-Kennedy

  • 15 July — 31 August 2014 *on now

Display of photographs and documents about Woodbine Willie - Revd. Geoffrey Studdert-Kennedy - parish priest at St. Paul's, Worcester, who was awarded the Military Cross for his efforts in the trenches, and who is buried in St. John's Cemetery, Worcester.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.worcestercathedral.co.uk/Home_Page.php

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Worcestershire World War One Hundred

Benjamin Britten: War Requiem

  • 26 July 2014 From 7:45pm

Benjamin Britten's War Requiem was written for the opening in 1962 of the new Coventry Cathedral, which replaced the former cathedral building that was destroyed by enemy bombing in the second world war.

Britten chose to intersperse sections of the Latin Requiem Mass for the Dead with settings of poetry by Wilfred Owen, one of the most famous victims of the First World War.

In this opening cathedral concert of the Three Choirs Festival, the Festival Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra with the choristers of Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester Cathedrals are conducted by Peter Nardone, with Geraint Bowen conducting the semichorus. The soloists are Susan Gritton (soprano), James Oxley (tenor) and David Wilson-Johnson (baritone).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://3choirs.org/events/britten-war-requiem-2/

Worcestershire World War One Hundred

Reflections of 1914

  • 31 July 2014 From 7:45pm

This poignant evening, marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, features the world premiere of A Foreign Field, by the German composer Torsten Rasch, commissioned jointly by the Three Choirs Festival and Chemnitz Opera. A choral memorial to the men who died on both sides and to communities affected by war, it sets extracts from both English and German-language poets of the WW1 era – Ivor Gurney, Rupert Brooke, Edward Thomas, Rainer Maria Rilke and Georg Trakl – together with Biblical psalm texts and parts of the Latin Requiem Mass. Soprano Yeree Suh, the Choristers of Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester Cathedrals, the Three Choirs Festival Chorus and the Philharmonia Orchestra are conducted by Baldur Bronniman.

The concert also includes performances of 'The Lark Ascending' by Ralph Vaughan Williams, with Matthew Trusler as violin soloist, and Elgar's 'The Spirit of England', with tenor soloist Peter Hoare.

A Foreign Field has been commissioned by public subscription for the Three Choirs Festival 2014 and Städtische Theater Chemnitz, Erich-Schellhorn-Stiftung, as part of 14-18 NOW WW1 Centenary Art Commissions supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. This performance is kindly supported by the Elmley Foundation and Anwen Walker. Choristers supported by Lee Bolton Monier-Williams.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://3choirs.org/events/rasch-a-foreign-field-echoes-1914-2/

Worcestershire World War 100

WW1 Tours - Discover something different

  • 9 August 2014 1:30-2:30pm

Discover Something Different - Worcester Cathedral and its connections to World War 1.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.worcestercathedral.co.uk

Worcestershire World War One Hundred

Multi-faith service

  • 9 August 2014 11am-12pm

The city service to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the first World War. A service of penitence and peace, to which all are warmly invited and welcome. No tickets required.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.worcestercathedral.co.uk/Home_Page.php

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Specialist Guided Tours

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If you wish to bring a group to Worcester Cathedral, our trained guides can provide general or specialist tours. Tours can be tailored to your requirements, and can include: Cathedral Architecture, the Civil War, the Cathedral Monuments, the stained glass windows, Cathedral Music, The Misericords, Pilgrimages and Famous People (King John, Prince Arthur, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Stanley Baldwin, Woodbine Willy, The Duke of Hamilton, St Wulfstan and St Oswald, to name but a few.)

How to obtain

The cost of a booked tour of the Cathedral is £4.00 for adults, £3.50 concessions. To request a booking pack for a Tour please fill in the form on our website, or email our booking secretary Jennie Harper on info@worcestercathedral.org.uk.

Group Guided Tours for Young People

http://worcestercathedral.co.uk/index.php?pr=Tours

Our Education Officer, Sue Adeney will be pleased to discuss and arrange a tour of the Cathedral for children or students of school age. The cost is £1.50 per person.

How to obtain

Contact Sue Adeney on schools@worcestercathedral.org.uk for more information.

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