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Parent and toddler Forest School

Friday 18 January to Friday 15 February at 9:30 AM
Durham Cathedral

Develop your child’s love of the outdoors by exploring Durham Cathedral’s woodlands and riverbanks in tailored weekly sessions for little learners, led by Durham Cathedral’s Education team.

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Armistice: Living with the Peace

Tuesday 25 September to Saturday 2 February at 10:00 AM
The Collections Gallery, Open Treasure

On 11 November 1918 an armistice ended the war in Western Europe, although peace would not fully return for many more months. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of this momentous event, this exhibition explores what it meant for the people of Durham and North East England as World War I ended, soldiers came home, and peace was gradually restored.

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Ten Minute Talk

Saturday 19 January at 2:00 PM
Join us for our regular Ten Minute Talk in Open Treasure. Hear one of our experienced Gallery Attendants sharing their insights into Durham Cathedral’s history and collections in a short, informative talk. Today join James Taylor for a talk on Cabinets of Curiosity: A 'hoarding' problem or an exploration of an expanding world horizon?

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Special Service - Epiphany Procession with Carols

Sunday 20 January at 3:30 PM

Towards the end of the Epiphany season (which lasts until Candlemas on 2 February) the Cathedral holds an Epiphany Procession, which begins with the Cathedral Choir processing, as the Magi (Three Kings) did, ‘from the East’.

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Organ Recital - La Nativité du Seigneur by Olivier Messiaen

Wednesday 23 January at 7:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

Every January, one of Durham Cathedral’s organists plays Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur, a set of organ pieces meditating on the story of Christ’s birth. This year’s performance is given by the Cathedral’s Sub-Organist Francesca Massey.

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Holocaust Memorial Day talk - Eva Clarke

Friday 25 January at 1:00 PM

The speaker at Durham Cathedral’s annual Holocaust Memorial Day talk is Eva Clarke, who was born in Mauthausen concentration camp, Austria, 29 April 1945. Join us as we explore Holocaust Memorial Day's theme for 2019, ‘Torn From Home’.  The talk will reflect on what happens when communities are driven from their homes because of persecution or genocide, alongside the difficulties survivors face in making new homes when the genocide is over. 

 

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Durham University Charity Fashion Show: Festival of Sustainability

Saturday 26 January at 10:00 AM

Durham University Charity Fashion Society host a Festival of Sustainability at Durham Cathedral in support of the Environmental Justice Foundation.

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Ten Minute Talk

Saturday 26 January at 2:00 PM
Join us for our regular Ten Minute Talk in Open Treasure. Hear one of our experienced Gallery Attendants sharing their insights into Durham Cathedral’s history and collections in a short, informative talk. Today join Kendra Johnson for a talk on Christian Monastic rules. St Benedict’s Rule in context.

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The Messiah

Saturday 26 January at 7:30 PM

Durham Choral Society and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Conducted by Steven Devine

 

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Christingle Service

Wednesday 30 January to Wednesday 30 January at 1:30 PM

Please note, public access will be limited during the service which is for a congregation of local schools. 

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Community Choirs Celebration

Friday 1 February at 7:00 PM

Over 450 singers will come together to sing in the second ever Celebration of Community Choirs from across North East England. This joyous occasion showcases vocal and choral singing, demonstrating the core benefits from making music with friends and coming together as a group to perform.

 

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Special Service: Candlemas

Saturday 2 February at 5:15 PM

Candlemas is known as the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, and commemorates an early stage in Jesus’ life.  It draws to a close the liturgical season of Christmas. 

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Special Service: Durham University Intercollegiate Evensong

Sunday 3 February at 3:30 PM

The choirs of Durham University Colleges come together for a special Evensong. Once again conducted by Durham Cathedral's Master of the Choristers and Organist, Daniel Cook. 

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Dunelm Lux Aeterna VOCES8

Thursday 7 February at 7:00 PM

Dunelm Lux Aeterna is a new commission written by Paul Smith for VOCES8 and the combined voices of hundreds of singers in Durham Cathedral in 2019, commissioned by Durham Music Service. 5 movements have been written with 5 schools, Framwellgate School, Finchale Primary, St. Bede's Catholic School and Sixth form (Lanchester), St. Bede's RC Comprehensive and Byron Sixth Form, Teesdale School and Sixth Form.

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Life of Cuthbert

Friday 8 February at 7:30 PM

The world premiere of Solfa Carlile's 'Life of St Cuthbert', a new commission by Cantata Dramatica.

Part of the Durham Vocal Festival.

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History Walk February

Saturday 9 February at 10:30 AM
Woodlands and Riverbanks
A chance to experience a walking tour of Durham Cathedral's historic woodlands and riverbanks guided by an expert walk leader. 

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North East Festival of Youth Choirs

Saturday 9 February at 7:00 PM

Showcasing the very best Youth Choirs in the North of England, the North East Festival of Youth Choirs now in it's fourth year will feature the world premiere of Cuthbert and the Otters written and conducted by Boston Symphony Orchestra's conductor James Burton.

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Feasting and Fasting: The Great Kitchen at Durham Cathedral

Monday 11 February to Saturday 1 June at 10:00 AM

The 14th century Great Kitchen is one of the highlights of the Cathedral's award-winning museum experience, Open Treasure. Today, it houses the Treasures of St Cuthbert, but it has seen many changes over the centuries. This exhibition explores its history, how it was built, and gives an insight into the food and drink that would have been prepared there.

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Durham School Half Term Service

Friday 15 February at 3:00 PM

There will be limited access to the nave of the Cathedral due to the busy nature of this service.

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Durham University Chamber Choir Concert in the Chapter House

Saturday 2 March at 5:30 PM

The Durham University Chamber Choir return to Durham Cathedral's Chapter House, following on from the success of Path of Miracles in 2018.

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Special Service: Ash Wednesday

Wednesday 6 March

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent which is the 40-day period (not including Sundays) of fasting and repentance leading up to Easter.

Our Lenten journey begins with Eucharist at 7.30am, followed by Morning Prayer at 8.45am, Eucharist at 12.30pm, Evensong at 5.15pm and a sung Eucharist at 7.30pm. 

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Special Service: Stations of the Cross

Sunday 17 March at 3:30 PM

The Stations of the Cross are a time-honoured means of walking with Christ the way of his passion.  At each station, the congregation gathers around symbols as a focus for prayer and intentions for prayer are suggested.  By walking the way of the Cross, worshippers express a Lenten desire to follow Jesus more closely.

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Special Service: St Cuthbert's Day Evensong and Procession

Wednesday 20 March at 7:00 PM

This joyous service commemorating the life of St Cuthbert includes the Lucernarium (the blessing of the light), and the offering of incense.

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Special Service: Sung Eucharist for St Cuthbert Saturday

Saturday 23 March at 5:15 PM

Durham Cathedral is the Shrine of St Cuthbert, and the feast of this favourite saint of the North is celebrated over two days in March.

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Special Service: Palm Sunday Eucharist

Sunday 14 April at 11:15 AM

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. 

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St John Passion

Sunday 14 April at 7:00 PM
Durham Cathedral - Front Nave

Durham Cathedral Choir joins forces with the Avison Ensemble to perform Bach’s stunning St John Passion on the evening of Palm Sunday 2019. This unmissable concert will be conducted by Daniel Cook, Master of the Choristers and Organist at Durham Cathedral.  The orchestra will be led by renowned period instrument violinist Pavlo Beznosiuk.

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Special Service: Maundy Thursday Sung Eucharist and Blessing of the Oils

Thursday 18 April at 11:00 AM

Bishops, priests and deacons of the diocese renew their ministerial vows at a service of Holy Communion on the day before the commemoration of the crucifixion of Jesus.

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Special Service: Maundy Thursday Sung Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar

Thursday 18 April at 7:30 PM

Maundy Thursday is the evening of the Last Supper. On his final evening with his disciples, Jesus instituted the Eucharist, commanding his disciples to wash one anothers' feet.  After that final meal, Jesus and his disciples went out to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray.

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Special Service: The Liturgy of Good Friday (The Three Hours)

Friday 19 April at 12:00 PM

At the centre of Good Friday is the Cross. In this service its meaning is brought home to us in three ways: first by hearing the account of the Passion in St John’s Gospel; then by praying for all those for whom Christ died; then by reflecting on and reverencing a visible cross.

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The Great Durham Pudding Club

Friday 3 May at 6:30 PM
Undercroft Restaurant
The second serving of the Durham Pudding Club is an evening filled with delicious delicacies and hearty favourites - a treat whether you’re a sweet-toothed pudding fanatic or curious to try something new. Click see more to explore the full menu!

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Special Service: Stations of the Resurrection

Sunday 12 May at 3:30 PM

Many Christians are familiar with the traditional Stations of the Cross as a devotion used customarily on Fridays and during Lent and Passiontide. In more recent years, complementary series of devotions around the biblical accounts of the Resurrection have been developed by the Liturgical Commission of the Church of England in Common Worship: Times and Seasons. The service is a dramatic procession, exploring by movement, symbol, word and music the mystery of the Resurrection.

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Special Service: Eve of Bede Sung Eucharist and Procession

Friday 24 May at 7:30 PM

The Cathedral community commemorates the ‘Father of English learning’ with a Sung Eucharist held at his shrine in the Galilee Chapel.

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Special Service: Feast of Saint Bede the Venerable - Evensong and Procession

Saturday 25 May at 5:15 PM

We continue with our celebrations of Bede, ‘the Father of English learning’ with Choral Evensong and Procession.

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Special Service: Ascension Day Services

Thursday 30 May at 5:15 PM

We celebrate our Lord's ascension into heaven with Solemn Evensong at 5.15pm, followed by Sung Eucharist at 7.30pm. 

 

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Special Service: Pentecost Evensong and Procession

Sunday 9 June at 3:30 PM

Pentecost calls to mind the descent of the Holy Spirit to Jesus’ disciples and the beginning of their mission to take God’s word out into the world.

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Special Service: Corpus Christi Sung Eucharist

Thursday 20 June at 7:30 PM

The Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin, ‘the Body of Christ’) is a day in which we give thanks for the gift of Holy Communion. Christ’s command to break bread and share wine together, in remembrance of him, is at the heart of Christian worship, and we call this to mind at every Holy Communion.

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Special Service: Ordination of Priests

Saturday 29 June at 5:15 PM

New Priests of the Diocese are ordained by the Bishop, and their ministry inaugurated, in a celebratory service at the Cathedral.

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Special Service: Ordination of Deacons

Sunday 30 June at 10:00 AM

New Deacons of the Diocese are ordained by the Bishop, and their ministry inaugurated, during a great service of celebration in the Cathedral. 

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Special Service: Durham Miners' Gala Festival Service

Saturday 13 July at 3:00 PM

Thousands of people from across the County and beyond come to Durham to celebrate the rich mining heritage of the North East. This day of festivites culminates in the procession of pit banners, preceded by the pit brass bands, to the Cathedral, where they are laid up, and often new banners are dedicated.

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Special Service: The Translation of the Relics of St Cuthbert

Sunday 1 September at 11:15 AM

September 4 has long been venerated as the anniversary of the enshrining in 999 of the body of St Cuthbert in the original ‘White Church’ prior to the building of the present Cathedral, and we celebrate this today with Sung Eucharist at 11.15 a.m.

 

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Special Service: Durham Light Infantry Reunion Service

Sunday 8 September at 12:45 PM

Veterans from the Durham Light Infantry hold an annual reunion service in the Cathedral, at which the regimental roll of honour is read and hymns and prayers are offered in commemoration of the fallen, and those who have died since the previous reunion. The service centres around the Durham Light Infantry Chapel, in which the regimental colours are preserved. 

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Special Service: Evensong & Commemoration of the Battle of Britain

Sunday 8 September at 3:30 PM

The Battle of Britain, a pivotal conflict of the Second World War, saved England from invasion and prepared the way for the subsequent liberation of Europe and the defeat of the Nazis.  The bravery and sacrifice of so many men is commemorated at Evensong today.

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Special Service: Sung Eucharist for Michael and All Angels

Sunday 29 September at 11:15 AM

Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are the three named biblical angels, depicted as the beloved messengers of God.  A basilica near Rome was dedicated in the fifth century in honour of Michael on 30 September, beginning with celebrations on the eve of that day, and 29 September is now kept in honour of Michael and all Angels throughout the western Church.  

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Special Service: All Saints Day

Friday 1 November at 7:30 AM

A special day of services in honour of God’s saints including Holy Communion at 7.30am, and a Sung Eucharist in the Quire at 7.30pm.

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Special Service: All Souls' Day

Saturday 2 November at 7:30 PM

On All Souls’ Day, we commemorate all those whom we have loved and lost, at a celebration of the Eucharist. All are welcome to attend and give thanks for the life of a family member or friend.

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Special Service: Remembrance Sunday

Sunday 10 November at 10:15 AM

The Cathedral Community is joined by military representatives and dignitaries to remember those who have given their lives for their country and the serving soldiers who put their lives at risk today. The service will be followed by wreath-laying and a formal parade.
 

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