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Mapping the World

Monday 7 October to Saturday 18 January

An exhibition in Open Treasure, Durham Cathedral's award-winning museum, showcasing the exquisite and extraordinary maps, charts and atlases in the Durham Cathedral Library collections, including early maps of Durham.

For millennia humans have strived to understand our place in the world.  We have recorded the places we have lived, worked and travelled in with drawings and maps. Explore some extraordinary examples of these from the Cathedral’s own collections, discover the people involved, and find out about the work that made it possible.

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Undercroft Restaurant exhibition: Norman Wade

Sunday 1 September to Sunday 2 February

A selling exhibition of prints of Durham Cathedral, Northumberland and the region by local artist Norman Wade in the Undercroft Restaurant. Durham Cathedral received Norman's remaining artwork after he and his wife passed away as a legacy gift, to sell in support of the cathedral which they both loved.

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Afternoon tea in The Chapter House

Saturday 18 January at 1:30 PM
Chapter House

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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Special Service: Epiphany Procession With Carols

Sunday 19 January at 3:30 PM

We celebrate the Epiphany season with a service of readings and music that follows the journey of the Three Kings as Christ is revealed to them. 

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Organ Recital: La Nativite du Seigneur

Wednesday 22 January at 7:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

Hear the great Christmas cycle by the French 20th-century composer Olivier Messiaen, performed by Daniel Cook, Master of the Choristers and Organist of Durham Cathedral. The nine pieces each portray one aspect of Christ’s birth and coming among us.

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This Joyous Night

Saturday 25 January at 7:30 PM
Durham Choral Society open the Durham Vocal Festival 2020 with a performance of “This Joyous Night” by local composer Alan Woods, a work commissioned in 1999 by the John Lewis Partnership’s Music Society. The concert also features the ever popular Fauré Requiem. The choir will be joined by the Durham Music Service Youth Choir and accompanied by members of the Cavendish Ensemble, the Music Society’s Orchestra.

 

 

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Friends Lecture Series: Tournai and Durham: two great Romanesque book collections compared

Monday 27 January at 6:30 PM

Prior's Hall

A talk from Richard Gameson, organised by the Friends of Durham Cathedral as part of their lecture series.

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North East Festival of Youth Choirs

Saturday 1 February at 7:00 PM

Durham Vocal Festival celebrates the finest youth choirs in North East England, from primary to university level. This annual event is a wonderful celebration of the young vocal talent the region has to offer. 

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Special Services: the Feast of Candlemas

Sunday 2 February

The festival which recalls the visit of Mary and Joseph to the Temple to give thanks for the birth of Jesus also marks the official end of the Christmas season and was a festival in the middle ages when candles were blessed for use in church and at home. 
Candlemas is marked at all of our services on this Sunday with a particular focus at the Eucharist at 11.15am and a candlelit Evensong at 3.30pm.

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Monteverdi Vespers

Sunday 2 February at 7:00 PM
Front Nave

Durham Cathedral Choir and renowned period orchestra The Avison Ensemble join forces to present Monteverdi’s much loved masterpiece.  Conductor: Daniel Cook,  Leader: Pavlo Beznosiuk

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Treasures of Durham Cathedral Library: Natural History

Wednesday 12 February to Wednesday 12 February at 3:30 PM
Refectory Library

An opportunity to visit the stunning Refectory Library - not usually open to visitors - to explore a selection of historic books from the collections of Durham Cathedral Library on the subject of Natural History.

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Afternoon tea in The Chapter House

Saturday 22 February 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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Opera North: Arya

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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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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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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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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