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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.

April 2017

Tudors and Stuarts History Weekend

Event Date 1st April 10:00 - 12:30
Tours of the Cathedral Library are being offered as part of the weekend of events organised by Canterbury Christ Church University to celebrate Tudor and Stuart history in Canterbury.
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Children’s Easter Trail

Event Date 3-7 April, 10.00-16.00
During the Easter Holidays, the Schools department are running a fun Easter Trail for children.
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Lent Lunches

Event Date 3rd April 12:00 - 13:45
Come along to the Cathedral Lodge between 12.00hrs and and 13.45hrs for good food, good company and a donation to charity makes it for a good cause too.
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Easter dinners at The Lodge

Event Date Dinner starts at 18.15
Prior to the Archbishop’s Lectures and the Maundy Thursday service at 19:30, the Cathedral Lodge are offering a two-course hot meal with tea/coffee each day. Dinner starts at 18.15 and must be booked in advance (£12.95 per person per night or £50 for all four nights).
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Archbishop’s Holy Week lecture

Event Date 10th April 19:30 - 21:00
British Values: are we together for more than what we get out of it? The first of three Lent lectures given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby.
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Event Date 14th April - 22nd April
The Cathedral Choir sing Requiem by Maurice Duruflé. There is no charge to listen to this performance.
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Organ Recital

Event Date 22nd April 19:30 - 21:30
Organ Recital by James O’Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers of Westminster Abbey. Internationally recognised as a conductor and organ recitalist, he has given concerts all over the world, including the United States, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and throughout Europe.
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Canterbury Choral Society Concert.

Event Date 29th April 19:30 - 22:00
Canterbury Choral Society brings together two of Bach’s best loved choral works, Magnificat and Cantata No. 11, for its spring concert. The society is joined by the London Handel Orchestra who play Bach’s famous Suite in D, with its Air on a G string as one of the central movements.
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May 2017

Informal Recital

Event Date 12th May 18:15 - 20:00
Informal Recital by the Canterbury Singers. The chamber choir was founded in 1953 under the patronage of the composer Edmund Rubbra and is now under the musical directorship of Cathedral Second Assistant Organist Adrian Bawtree.
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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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Midday Recital

Event Date 18th May 12:00 - 00:00
Informal midday recital by the University of Alabama Chamber Choir, Alabama, USA
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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 10.00 - 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 10.0-12.00, 2 June 12.00-14.00
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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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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November 2017

Young Futures Conference 2017

Event Date 15th November 09:00 - 17:00
Canterbury Cathedral explore the life and influence of the Black Prince who, at the age of 16, led the English army to victory, at the battle of Crecy fought on 26 August 1346 in northern France.
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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

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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May 2018

July 2018

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