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Photographic Competition 2022: Results

We're delighted to announce the winners in our Photographic Competition 2022!

Over 18s

1st: Kevin Phillips for 'The Hands That Play' 
2nd: Kevin Phillips for 'The Golden Beak' 
3rd: Alan Williams for 'Pink Giraffe' 

Under 18s

1st: Theo Shuard for 'A Glimpse of Heaven' 
2nd: Monroe Hughes 'Inside Upside Down' 
3rd: Eleanor Drew 'Eyes can be deceiving' 

Judges Choices

Susan Macleod:
Over 18s: Chris Bright for 'The Swan and Love Birds' 
Under 18s: Jack Chambers for 'Remembrance' 

James Atkinson
Over 18s: Chloe Cheshire for 'The River of Swans' 
Under 18s: Casper Andrews for 'Stormy Skies' 

Chris Dobbs
Over 18s: John Keily for 'Space and Light Show' 
Under 18s: Theo Shuard for 'Solus Sunlight' 

Opening & Service Times

'SCIENCE' Spectacular Sound & Light Show by LUXMURALIS

20-24 September 2022

A dramatic sound and light installation that takes visitors on a journey of scientific discovery is coming to Worcester Cathedral this September. The SCIENCE event will see the interior of the majestic building transformed to take visitors on a journey of exploration and intrigue. Created by award winning artistic duo ‘Luxmuralis’ – made up of sculptor Peter Walker and composer David Harper - sound and light art is projected onto the stunning architectural features within the Cathedral and visitors are enveloped with bespoke music as they make their way through the breath-taking installation. SCIENCE is designed to explore and contemplate the contributions of science and human understanding of the physical world around us. The artwork examines Chemistry and Biology and interprets artistically the scale of molecules, cells and DNA, as well as exploring the history of science, the contributions of science to humanity, and offers a reflection upon famous scientists past and present. The artwork also respects the sacred space it is viewed within and offers contemplation of religion and science together within the Cathedral, offering reflection on the ways in which science and religion neither prove nor disprove the other; exploring how wisdom and beauty both serve to kindle our imaginations and enlarge our capacity for wonder. Visitors hear bespoke filmic arrangements, composed and produced by David Harper, that capture the visuals and invigorate the senses. The artwork and visual imagery are created by Artist Peter Walker, who uses light as if painting on a canvas. Head over to the 'What's On' page to book your tickets!

BBC Songs of Praise to Film ‘All Creatures Great and Small: A Service of Blessing for Animals’

Friday 16 September 2022, 5.30pm

We're delighted to invite you and your animal friends to our annual pet blessing service. This year's service will be filmed by BBC Songs of Praise for a feature which will air on 2 October in an episode designed to celebrate and give thanks for the way animals can enhance our lives. The feature will be presented by the Reverend Kate Bottley, a great animal lover herself. The Songs of Praise production team is really keen that all feel welcome, and they would particularly like to speak to anyone with a story about how their pets have made a direct impact on their life and Christian faith*. They will be pleased to feature all creatures great and small (!), especially any more unusual pets. The service will be a celebration of our beloved pets, and will be conducted by the Precentor, Canon John Paul Hoskins. Canon Hoskins said: “We are so pleased to be able to hold our pet blessing service once again this year. “Animals make such a difference in our lives; they are part of our families, there for us in good times and bad and give us unconditional love. Many people take great pleasure in the companionship of a pet. And for those who have suffered and are grieving, pets can bring great comfort to their owners. “We look forward to taking a moment to give thanks and praise for all of our beloved animal companions.” The service will start at 5.30pm and last roughly 30 minutes. We ask that the congregation is seated by 5.20pm. Please pre-book your free tickets on our 'What's On' page to allow us to manage capacity, and bring your pets along for a joyous and uplifting service. All creatures, great and small, are welcome (with a well-behaved owner!). And those who wish to attend without a pet are warmly welcome too; there will be additional seating for our human worshippers, as well as an area for smaller pets. Please book one ticket for each person attending, including babies and small children. To express your interest in being interviewed for Songs of Praise, please book your tickets in the first instance, then email info@worcestercathedral.org.uk with your story so that we can pass your details on to the Songs of Praise team. * Please understand that Rev. Kate and the team will only be able to interview a limited number of people on the day, but you and your pet may well be caught on camera and so your attendance will be taken as consent to be shown on BBC ONE in the context of the programme.

Storm Damage Repair Work

Summer 2022

Repair work is nearing completion following damage caused by Storm Arwen in November 2021. Although the Quire reopened in April, it will be closed again for approximately two weeks, from 1-15 August, as internal works take place. This means there is no access to King John's Tomb, Prince Arthur Tudor's Chantry and the misericords. The King John replica, donated by the British Library, is once again on display in the west nave for all to enjoy, along with our popular King John touchscreen. The repair works are now in their final phase. Over the summer months there will be a lot of activity as the vault repair is completed, the roof tiles replaced, and the cleaned organ pipes restored to their position. Whilst these various contractors complete their vital work the Cathedral may be noisier than usual, and we may need to change the visitor route on occasion. We give thanks for the skill and expertise of all those working on the repairs and all who support and maintain the fabric of the Cathedral.

Worcester Cathedral Makes Music For All

Summer Music Appeal 2022

Music and our choirs are an integral part of Cathedral life and after the difficult, silent years of the pandemic, it is joyful to be immersed in music and singing once again. Many of you supported us through those trying times - and we are SO grateful. As we look to the future the challenge is to raise enough funds each year to maintain our choirs, Cathedral organs and our world-class choral tradition. In order to do this, we need your help... The return of live music has been a collaborative effort and we are grateful to be part of such a supportive community. It was wonderful that our recent afternoon event to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Tomkins, one of my distinguished predecessors here at Worcester Cathedral, was so well-attended. I am delighted that we have much still to share with you, including our participation in this year’s Three Choirs Festival, our popular lunchtime recitals, and in September the start of another school year when our amazing choirs return to their schedule singing eight Cathedral services per week. The autumn term of course culminates in our Christmas Carol Services, which we know are a highlight of the Cathedral’s calendar for many, as they are for me! Music plays a very special role here, and we continue to be enormously thankful for your support. At the start of this academic year, I was privileged to lead a process of significant change to the chorister programme in order to present equal opportunities to boy and girl choristers in the Cathedral Choir. At the same time, significant step changes were made to the Cathedral Voluntary Choir, which was opened to all boys and girls from the local area, and we also created a brand new Youth Choir, the first of its kind at the Cathedral. As we look to the future the challenge is to raise enough funds each year to maintain our choirs, Cathedral organs, and our world-class choral tradition. That’s why, today, I am writing to ask for your help - could you please consider making a donation to enable us to continue to sustain the music, singing and music education that enrich life and worship here in Worcester? Of course, music is an important part of many strands of the Cathedral’s life, from our bells which ring out in support of the city during times of both sadness and celebration, to regular musical events, festivals and concerts featuring international artists, to performances by local musicians and school children. We are proud that Worcester Cathedral makes music for all and enhances the cultural life of the city and region. If you would like to help ensure that music here at the Cathedral can be sustained, strengthened, and developed, then please consider making a gift to our Summer Music Appeal. Live music is unparalleled in its ability to bring out the best in those performing, and to create a real energy and excitement for all those listening. I very much hope that you will be able to join with us at one of our upcoming events, services, or concerts. In the meantime, please accept in advance my sincere and grateful thanks for any contribution you feel able to make to support our music at this crucial time. With all good wishes, Samuel Hudson Organist & Director of Music

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A warm welcome to our new Chief Operating Officer

The Dean and Chapter are delighted to welcome Matthew Hall.

Matthew has joined us from the Diocese of Bristol, where he has worked for the past 14 years, most recently holding the position of Deputy Diocesan Secretary (Finance & Operations). Matthew will play a central role in delivering the Chapter’s strategy and plans, managing its day-to-day operations and nurturing its unique character and vision. Matthew is a Chartered Accountant by background. He has previously worked at Bristol Cathedral and is also a trustee of a regional environmental charity. Matthew is currently studying for a master’s degree in Voluntary Sector Management with the Centre of Charity Effectiveness at Bayes Business School in London. On being appointed, Matthew said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Chief Operating Officer and to join the Cathedral at this exciting time, as we come out of the pandemic and with so many opportunities ahead. Worcester Cathedral is an outstanding centre of faith, heritage and community and I am very much looking forward to working with the Chapter and gifted colleagues to serve all those who connect with this unique place and its history and mission." The Dean of Worcester, the Very Reverend Peter Atkinson, said: “Matthew has a wealth of knowledge and experience which make him highly qualified for the post of Chief Operating Officer, and we are thrilled that he is joining the Cathedral community. “We are delighted to welcome Matthew and we wish him well in his appointment, and after several months without a COO in post, it will be very good to have him with us.”

We've announced the names of our peregrine chicks...

Introducing.... Johnny, Arty, Stanley and Beth!

We're really excited to share the names of the peregrine chicks that hatched here at the Cathedral in April. We received LOTS of fantastic suggestions, over 200 in fact! Thank you so much to everyone that sent names in, we genuinely loved them all. We've decided to honour both our wonderful Cathedral and, of course, the Jubilee year had to be marked, so please meet... King John, aka 'Johnny' Prince Arthur Tudor, aka 'Arty' Earl Stanley Baldwin, aka 'Stanley' and, Queen Elizabeth II, aka 'Beth' The cheeky chicks are currently residing at the top of the tower, learning to fend for themselves and making lots of noise!

Peregrines Nest at the Cathedral for the First Time in More Than a Decade

We're delighted to announce four new arrivals!

For the first time since 2010, four peregrine chicks have hatched at the Cathedral. Earlier in the year, a mated pair of peregrines nested, producing four eggs successfully in a nestbox built by the Works Yard team. The chicks hatched in late April and a team of experts from the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) has been monitoring them closely since. Ringers from the BTO have rung the chicks, measured their wing spans, weighed and recorded them on the national database. Each colour ring has a unique letter code so the individual birds can be identified when seen in future as adult birds. Peregrines can live 15 and more years. You can watch a video of the ringing below. The chicks are expected to fledge at around 45-50 days old, so roughly around mid-June. Naming the Chicks HELP! Our Peregrine chicks need names before they fly the nest! Please send your suggestions to info@worcestercathedral.org.uk or send a message on our social channels; the team will then select their four favourite names and announce them in June!

Sunday News

Our Sunday News has a new home! Click here to read the latest editions

See the Services page for a list of services.

Community Annual Meeting 2021

Documents for the Community Annual Meeting held on Sunday 26 September 2021. Details of the nominations procedure are on the Notice & Agenda download.

Notice & Agenda
Report and Accounts for the Year 2020/21
A Vision for 2025

What Worcester Cathedral means to me

Find out what our community had to say here.

 

 

Jobs

We currently have vacancies for Choral and Organ Scholars for the academic year 2022-23, amongst others.

Find out more here 

Worcester Cathedral Under Lockdown

Read below a series of articles by members of Cathedral Community and clergy about the Cathedral in lockdown. 

A Strange Retirement - James Pertwee 

Faith in Lockdown - William Gee

Article 1 by Canon Michael Brierley

Article 2 by Canon Stephen Edwards

Article 3 by Canon Georgina Byrnes

Article 4 by The Dean of Worcester

Article 5 by The Bishop of Worcester

Historic Closures of Worcester Cathedral

A downloadable PDF of Historical Closures of Worcester Cathedral by The Librarian