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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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Follow the Star: the Lighting of the Christmas Tree and Blessing of the Crib

Sunday 15 December at 3:30 PM
Watch as the lights of the magnificent 20 feet tall Norwegian spruce are switched on. The Clergy and Choir then process to the West End of the Cathedral where the Crib is blessed. This service is particularly suitable for children. Members of the congregation are encouraged to bring wrapped Christmas presents appropriately marked with age and whether for a girl or a boy. The presents are collected by the Salvation Army to be given to families in need. Thank you to Ward Brothers who donate the Christmas Tree each year.
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Special service: St Cuthbert's Hospice 'Light up a Life' service

Sunday 15 December at 7:00 PM
The winter season can be a poignant time for those missing a friend or a loved one. Whynot light up the life of someone by making a donation to St Cuthbert's Hospice in their memory? Their name will be entered into a Book of Remembrance and dedicated at this service.
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On A Starry Night

Tuesday 17 December at 10:00 AM
Education Centre

Education Centre

Come and hear the Christmas story told by a friendly fox, and then make and take a Christmas decoration that you can take home as a reminder of your visit. Suitable for pre-school children.

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Special service: The Chorister School Carol Service

Wednesday 18 December at 2:15 PM
The Chorister School's end of term Carol Service takes place in Durham Cathedral and is an opportunity to hear the Cathedral Choristers and the Galilee Choir sing seasonal music.
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Special service: Freemasons Carol Service

Thursday 19 December at 7:30 PM

A special carol service for the Freemasons.

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Special Service: Durham Johnston School Carol Service

Friday 20 December at 1:00 PM

Visitor access to the nave of the cathedral will be limited during this service.

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Special service: Haswell and District Mencap carol service

Saturday 21 December at 2:30 PM

Visitor access to the nave of the cathedral will be limited during this service.

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Special service: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Sunday 22 December at 6:00 PM

All are welcome to our traditional festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which always starts in darkness with a solo chorister singing the first verse of Once in Royal David's City. These services are a highlight of the Advent and Christmas season, during which lessons are read and the Cathedral Choir sings beautiful music to herald the birth of Christ. 

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Special service: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Tuesday 24 December at 3:00 PM

All are welcome to our traditional festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which always starts in darkness with a solo chorister singing the first verse of Once in Royal David's City. These services are a highlight of the Advent and Christmas season, during which lessons are read and the Cathedral Choir sings beautiful music to herald the birth of Christ.

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Special service: Midnight Eucharist

Tuesday 24 December at 11:00 PM
Celebrate the birth of Christ through music, prayer and Holy Communion as Christmas Eve becomes Christmas Day. This is a most joyful celebration of the Eucharist and all are welcome to attend. Sung by the gentleman of the Cathedral Choir, with invited sopranos.
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Christmas day services

Wednesday 25 December

All are welcome to celebrate the birth of Christ.

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Special service: Durham Churches Together New Years' Eve service

Tuesday 31 December at 6:30 PM

Join with the churches of Durham and gather for a serivce of reflection on the past, of thanksgiving for the blessings of God in the present and of hope for the year to come. You are invited to gather in Durham Market Place at 6pm with lanterns and process to the cathedral for 6.30pm.

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Special Service: Sung Eucharist on the Feast of the Epiphany

Monday 6 January at 5:15 PM

We recall the visit of the wise men to the Christ Child at Bethlehem and is celebrated in a choral service of the Eucharist when we gather at the crib scene and symbolically offer the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh while also offering through prayer our own gifts and talents in the service of God. 

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Durham University Winter Congregation Ceremonies

Thursday 9 January to Friday 10 January at 10:00 AM

Graduation ceremonies for Durham University. Please note, visitor access to parts of the cathedral will be restricted during ceremonies. There is usual access to Open Treasure, the cathedral's world-class museum. 

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Plough Sunday

Sunday 12 January at 2:00 PM

Relive the revival of a traditional English festival. Enjoy music and traditional dancing in Durham City Marketplace, and follow the plough as it is processed up to the Cathedral to be blessed by the Dean of Durham, the Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett.

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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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Get to know your Cathedral

Friday 31 January at 9:00 AM

Don't miss this great opportunity to discover how your business can support Durham Cathedral and the benefits that a partnership with the cathedral can offer.  You'll also have a chance to explore the cathedral with exclusive behind-the-scenes insights from our property team. 

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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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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.

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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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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