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Public Events at Canterbury Cathedral

Below you will find details of our main public events. To see details of all events and services, check the Calendar View, which can be viewed per day, week or month. For news items, see the News & Newsletter section.

May 2017

Drawn to Light: The Hidden Cathedral

Event Date 15 May-15 October 2017 09.00-17.00
An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Cathedral stained glass artist Grace Ayson.
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Open Gardens Weekend

Event Date 27th May - 28th May
As part of the National Garden Scheme, Open Gardens celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. This two day event unlocks the Cathedral’s private gardens within the grounds and raises money for charity. It is a must for anyone who loves and appreciates the skill and art of gardening.
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Organ Recital

Event Date 27th May 19:30 - 21:30
Organ Recital by Dr David Newsholme who is the Director of the Girls’ Choir and Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral. David has previously held posts as a singer, organist and teacher at Worcester and Salisbury Cathedrals and Winchester College. He studied at New College, Oxford, York University and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
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Explorer Backpacks

Event Date 11.00 - 16.00 daily
From Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June 2017, visitors coming to the Cathedral with children will be able to borrow one of our Explorer Backpacks.
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Midday Recital

Event Date 29th May 12:00 - 12:30
Informal midday recital by the St Matthew’s Cobo and Ste Marie du Castel Choir, Guernsey
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June 2017

National Volunteers’ Week

Event Date 1 June 10.00-12.00, 2 June 14.00-16.00
For National Volunteers’ Week, come and meet some of the many volunteers that give up their time at Canterbury Cathedral. Hear about some of the exciting projects they’ve been working on, from research in the Archives and Library and collections care, to delivering creative projects and activities with the local community.
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La Traviata

Event Date 8 June, Doors open 19.15, to start at 19.30
La Traviata is the heart-wrenching story of Violetta, who is tragically forced into forsaking all hope of personal happiness in order to protect the reputation of her lover.
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Midday Recital

Event Date 13th June 12:00 - 12:30
Informal midday recital by the Chapel Choir, 1st Baptist Church, Pensacola, Florida
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Organ Recital

Event Date 17th June 19:30 - 21:30
Organ Recital, by Dr David Flood who is the Master of the Canterbury Cathedral Choristers and the Cathedral Organist.
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Church music keynote speech

Event Date 20th June 18:30 - 20:00
The keynote speech of the Church Music and Musicians 1660 - 1900: Between the Chapel and Tavern is being given by Professor Rachel Cowgill from the University of Huddersfield.
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July 2017

Girls’ Choir Summer Concert

Event Date 8th July 19:30 - 21:15
The Girls’ Choir of Canterbury Cathedral presents its annual concert of music for a summer’s evening. The performance will take place in the beautiful and intimate surroundings of the Cathedral’s Crypt. The programme will include a mixture of sacred and secular music.
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ICCF Concert

Event Date 26th July 19:30 - 21:30
Concert to follow International Children’s Choir Festival.
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August 2017

September 2017

The Big Friendly Sing

Event Date 16th September 10:00 - 20:00
Come and join "Messiah-in-a-day" under the musical directorship of Cathedral Organist and Master of the Choristers Dr David Flood.
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October 2017

Luther Quincentenary

Event Date 15th October 15:15 - 16:00
A week of talks and Evensong at Canterbury Cathedral focussing on the five central themes of the Reformation.
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November 2017

Young Futures Conference 2017

Event Date 15th November 09:00 - 17:00
Canterbury Cathedral’s Young Futures Conference for 16-25 year olds explores the life and influence of the Black Prince who, at the age of just 16, led the English army to victory at the battle of Crecy, France. This free one-day conference explores the man, mortality and myth and his impact on medieval and contemporary culture.
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Black Prince Conference

Event Date 16th November - 17th November
Exploring the following and fascination around Edward Woodstock, Prince of Wales - "The Black Prince" 1330 -1376.
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Handel’s Messiah

Event Date 18th November 19:30 - 22:00
The Girls and Men of Canterbury Cathedral Choir give their debut performance of Handel’s famous oratorio, Messiah. They will be joined by critically-acclaimed period instrument orchestra The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen and internationally-renowned soloists for the performance in the Cathedral’s Nave.
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December 2017

Crib Service

Event Date 23rd December 11:00 - 12:00
A service for all the family to enjoy as we prepare for Christmas.
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Choral Evensong

Event Date 29th December 15:15 - 16:00
Choral Evensong, commemorating the Martyrdom of Archbishop Thomas Becket on this day in 1170
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