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Exhibition: 3D Virtual Spaces

Monday 3 February to Thursday 30 April

Undercroft Restaurant
A selling exhibition of framed 360° photographs of Durham Cathedral and Durham City by Owen Weightman. After exchanging his engineering career for a more tranquil lifestyle, Owen now works with 360° and 3D photography and video. As a side project, he has recently created a set of spherical panoramic images which have been stereographically projected to create interesting, unusual images of Durham and its majestic Cathedral.

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Open Treasure: Restoration, Redesign, Renovation: Durham Cathedral in the 19th century

Monday 27 January to Sunday 10 May at 12:00 AM

After a period of ‘misguided stewardships and carelessness’, the 19th century was a time for restoration and redevelopment at Durham Cathedral. The goal was to make the cathedral more welcoming to worshippers, pilgrims and tourists alike. This temporary exhibition in Open Treasure, the cathedral's museum, explores some of the ways this was achieved and the people involved who helped to shape the cathedral as we know it today.

Open Treasure is Durham Cathedral's award-winning interactive museum for all ages. Step into the Monks’ Dormitory to discover the sights, smells and sounds of a medieval monastery, learn something new in our ever-changing exhibitions and marvel at the treasures of St Cuthbert in the Great Kitchen. Dressing up activities bring Durham Cathedral’s history to life and kids will love our explorer backpacks, exhibition trails and much more!

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Special Service: Ash Wednesday

Wednesday 26 February

The beginning of Lent is marked with a series of services during this holy day culminating in a special choral celebration of the Eucharist with the imposition of ashes at 6pm. Everyone's welcome to join us for worship.

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Chorister Experience Day

Saturday 29 February at 12:30 PM

Does your child love to sing? Enjoy an afternoon making music with the Durham Cathedral Choristers, enjoying craft activities and getting a taste of life at The Chorister School, an 'excellent' school at the heart of Durham's World Heritage Site.

Boys and girls in Years 2-6 invited to this free event.

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Durham University Chamber Choir: Longings and Lamentations:

Saturday 29 February at 7:30 PM

Durham University Chamber Choir present a concert of highly intimate, and very particular music, exploring the theme of ‘Longings and Lamentations’. The programme includes some of the most profound music in Europe’s rich choral heritage and includes works by Hildegard Von Bingen, Perotin, Lukaszewski and MacMillan.

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Opera North: Arya Sitar Concerto

Thursday 5 March at 7:30 PM

A unique evening of sitar, orchestral and choral music, presented by Opera North in association with GemArts.

Conducted by Harish Shankar, the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North join forces for this wide-ranging and powerful concert. At its heart is a newly commissioned concerto from composer and sitar virtuoso Jasdeep Singh Degun, in which the complex rhythms and gorgeous melodies of Indian classical raag strike up conversations with the orchestra, as the sitar by turns draws in, creates quickfire exchange with and finally comes harmoniously together with the orchestra.

The concerto is paired with the full force of the Chorus of Opera North, whose programme includes the delicately beautiful Humming Chorus from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Purcell’s exquisite Dido’s Lament, extracts from La traviata and The Magic Flute, and concludes with Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music.

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Dunelm Consort & Players

Friday 6 March at 7:00 PM

The Dunelm Consort present a concert of Renaissance madrigals, focusing upon the works of Monteverdi and Gesualdo in the stunning acoustic of Durham Cathedral’s Chapter House. 

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‘Can the Church Contribute to a Post-Brexit Britain?’: Hensley Henson lecture

Wednesday 11 March at 6:15 PM

The Rev'd Canon Professor Alison Grant Milbank, Professor of Theology and Literature at the University of Nottingham, asks ‘Can the Church Contribute to a Post-Brexit Britain?’ and revisits the Malvern Conference of 1941 in this year's Hensley Henson Lecture on the Church in Politics.

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Mendelssohn’s Elijah

Thursday 12 March at 7:30 PM

Durham University Choral Society return to Durham Cathedral to present Mendelssohn’s Elijah, in partnership with Durham Opera Ensemble. The Musical Director is Nathan Smith.

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March History Walk

Saturday 14 March at 10:30 AM
Durham Cathedral

A chance to experience a walking tour of Durham Cathedral's historic woodlands and riverbanks guided by an expert walk leader. Starts from the cathedral visitor desk.

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Open Treasure: British Sign Language tour March

Saturday 14 March at 3:00 PM

Tour of Open Treasure, led by a British Sign Language interpreter and a Gallery Attendant.

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Durham University Palatinate Orchestra Concert

Saturday 14 March at 7:30 PM

This concert includes performances from the DUPO's chamber orchestra, with the full orchestral forces coming together in the second half to perform Bruckner’s Symphony no. 4 in E flat major, the ‘Romantic’.

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Friends Lecture Series: Herbert Hensley Henson and the episcopal vocation in Durham, 1920-39

Monday 16 March at 6:30 PM

A talk from Julia Stapleton, organised by the Friends of Durham Cathedral to conclude their lecture series.

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Special Service: St Cuthbert's Day

Friday 20 March at 6:00 PM

Celebrate with us the saint who lies at the heart of what Durham Cathedral is all about: St Cuthbert, whose final resting place caused this great cathedral to rise on the promontory in the bend of the River Wear and set in motion the formation of this great city and its surrounding region. A special service sung by the Cathedral Choir together with Newcastle Cathedral Choir takes us on a pilgrimage to St Cuthbert’s Shrine and enables to thank God for our inheritance of faith.

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Cathedrals at Night: St Cuthbert Festival

Friday 20 March at 7:00 PM

An opportunity to explore the wonder of Durham Cathedral at night, and to be one of the first to experience LIGHT, a stunning immersive art installation by artist Chris Levine with sound composed by Will Todd, recorded by The Sixteen. This event launches Pilgrimage 2020 and celebrates the opening of the Northern Saints Trails. The art installation will be available for all to enjoy throughout the rest of the year.

A free event - all are welcome.

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St Cuthbert Festival Saturday

Saturday 21 March at 9:00 AM

A busy day of free activities in the cathedral to celebrate our greatest saint. 

Free tours, a local producers' market in the Cloister, children’s story-telling, object-handling and activities for children 3+, and more... 

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St Cuthbert Day Walk and Procession

Saturday 21 March at 10:30 AM
Outside St Mary and St Cuthbert's Church, Chester-le-Street

Walk the annual pilgrimage from Chester-le-Street to Durham Cathedral, organised by the Northumbrian Association and joined at the beautiful Finchale Abbey by the Friends of the Finchale Camino.  All meet in Durham Market place for the procession to the cathedral. You can walk the full route or join in the final procession. The route is symbolic of the ancient journey of St Cuthbert to his final resting place in Durham Cathedral, where your arrival will be heralded with much celebration!
 

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Treasures of Durham Cathedral Library: Natural History

Saturday 21 March to Saturday 21 March at 3:30 PM
Refectory Library

An opportunity to visit Durham Cathedral’s beautiful 17th-century Refectory Library, not usually open to visitors, to see a stunning display of natural history books from the Cathedral’s collections covering a span of 400 years. These books encompass both scientific and artistic expertise, as naturalists sought to accurately study and record the natural world – whether the flora and fauna around them, or exotic species from afar. From Conrad Gessner’s first great illustrated encyclopaedia of the natural world to Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’, with dinosaurs, sunflowers and a dodo along the way – there will be something for everyone.

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Edward's Boys: Ben Jonson's 'The Silent Woman'

Monday 23 March at 7:00 PM
North Transept

Boys from Shakespeare’s school, King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon, have recreated a sixteenth century boys company to perform repertoire written by Shakespeare’s contemporaries.  We are delighted to welcome them to Durham Cathedral to perform Ben Jonson’s The Silent Woman.

 

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The Annunciation of Our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Wednesday 25 March at 5:15 PM

A solemn Eucharist sung by the Choir of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, to mark this holy day when we celebrate the moment that the Angel Gabriel imparted to the Blessed Virgin Mary the news of her role in the redemption of mankind through the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Afternoon tea in the Chapter House

Saturday 28 March at 1:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

Enjoy a tour of Durham Cathedral followed by afternoon tea served in the Chapter House, the filming location for Professor McGonagall's classroom in the first two Harry Potter films.

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Open Treasure: Conservation in Action

Monday 30 March to Friday 17 April

In April we will start conservation work on two 7th-8th century log coffins, part of the Cathedral’s historic collections. Come and see conservator Robert Elsey working on them in Open Treasure before they go on permanent display. Look out for updates on our social media pages.

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Scott Holland Symposium 2020

Saturday 4 April

Prior's Hall, 9.30am-5pm

Does Anglicanism Build Nations? Anglican Churches in Post-War Reconstruction, Nation-Building, and Peace and Reconciliation Since 1945

This event is organised by the Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies. 

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Holy Week and Easter

Sunday 5 April at 9:00 AM

The holiest week of the Christian Year begins on Palm Sunday and culminates on Easter Day as we walk the way of the cross with Our Lord, stand at the foot of his cross, and celebrate his glorious resurrection.

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Palm Sunday

Sunday 5 April at 11:15 AM

Usual Sunday services including a Palm Sunday Procession with the Reading of the Passion at 11.15am.

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St John Passion

Sunday 5 April at 7:00 PM
Front Nave

Durham Cathedral Choir joins forces with period instrument performers The Avison Ensemble to perform Bach's stunning St John Passion.

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Afternoon tea in the Chapter House

Saturday 25 April at 1:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

Enjoy a tour of Durham Cathedral followed by afternoon tea served in the Chapter House, the filming location for Professor McGonagall's classroom in the first two Harry Potter films.

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Divine Desserts at Durham Cathedral

Friday 1 May at 6:30 PM
Undercroft Restaurant

Enjoy an evening of divine desserts at Durham Cathedral's Undercroft Restaurant. Feast upon a main course prepared with locally-sourced ingredients before indulging in unlimited helpings of delicious miniature puddings. The ultimate indulgence for those looking for a unique dining experience.

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Afternoon tea in the Chapter House

Saturday 23 May at 1:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

Enjoy a tour of Durham Cathedral followed by afternoon tea served in the Chapter House, the filming location for Professor McGonagall's classroom in the first two Harry Potter films.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Friday 29 May to Saturday 30 May at 7:30 PM

Multi award-winning Enter CIC Theatre Company present this beloved musical in celebration of their 10th anniversary year. This promises to be an outstanding large-scale spectacle full of magic, well-known songs, fun and entertainment. 

Tickets £18.00 - £28.00 available online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/enter or from 01740 655437. Concessions available. 

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June History Walk

Saturday 6 June at 10:30 AM
Durham Cathedral

A chance to experience a walking tour of Durham Cathedral's historic woodlands and riverbanks guided by an expert walk leader. Starts from the cathedral visitor desk.

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Afternoon tea in the Chapter House

Saturday 27 June at 1:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

Enjoy a tour of Durham Cathedral followed by afternoon tea served in the Chapter House, the filming location for Professor McGonagall's classroom in the first two Harry Potter films.

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September History Walk

Saturday 12 September at 10:30 AM
Durham Cathedral

A chance to experience a walking tour of Durham Cathedral's historic woodlands and riverbanks guided by an expert walk leader. Starts from the cathedral visitor desk.

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