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What’s On September - December 2019


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Hospitality • Faithfulness • Wholeness Welcome to Bradford Cathedral

The arts, music, worship, lectures, public conversations, literature, Welcome to the final faiths engagement and programme of our hospitality will all Centenary Year. 2019 continue to feature in a has been a wonderful big way so that the Cathedral can be a time of celebration. thoughtful, prayerful and Over the last few joyful presence in this months we City and Diocese. I have increased the commend this number of events that programme to you and we have offered. Mostly hope that you can join this has been in us during the Autumn. It partnership with others. will be a pleasure to It is now our intention welcome you. to 'normalise' this level of engagement so that we are planning future The Very Revd years around the ideas Jerry Lepine that we have been Dean of Bradford working with in 2019. Events • September - December 2019

Events Overview September From Wednesday 4th Tuesday 10th Saturday 14th Sunday 15th Saturday 21st Sunday 29th October Friday 4th Saturday 5th Tuesday 8th Saturday 12th Sunday 13th Wednesday 16th

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By the Hand of… Icons, Traditional and Contemporary Coffee Concert with Ida Pelliccioli (Piano) The Sixteen: An Immortal Legacy National Heritage Open Day: “People Power” Reconciliation Training Day Harvest Service Messy Harvest

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Bradford on Film Screening Yorkshire Choirs Festival Coffee Concert with František Brikcius (Violoncello) City of London Sinfonia -The Fruit of Silence Augustiner Kantorei of Erfurt sing 10.15 Eucharist Hope on the Edge – Hearing from Young People Special Organ Recital: Augustiner-Kantorei of Erfurt de Lacy lecture: Ben Quash - Reading the Bible with a Great Company of Artists - Introducing the Visual Commentary on Scripture Eco Extravaganza Common Threads: Alive With Change Saying Goodbye Service October Half-Term Family Activities

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The Oxford & Cambridge Singing School Music and Magic: A Day of Spooky Singing and Mysterious Music A Celebration of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji Commemoration of the Faithful Departed Fauré's Requiem with Bradford Cathedral Choir and instrumentalists Festival of Remembrance Bishop Nick Lecture: 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall Business and the Kingdom – The Big Picture Coffee Concert with Robert Sudall (Jazz Piano) Tree Planting Day Centenary Sunday with Bishop Nick Centenary Monday Steeleye Span's 50th Anniversary Tour Messy Advent Advent Procession Coffee Concert with Reed & Ivory Craig Halliday & Friends - A Festive Musical Feast Christingle The City Carol Service Nine Lessons and Carols Christmas Eve Carol Concert Messy Crib

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Cathedral Services

Centenary Prayer

Sundays 8am - Holy Communion 10.15am - Choral Eucharist 4pm - Choral Evensong

Eternally present and ever faithful God, by whose grace a people have gathered here for over a thousand years to praise your name, and learn your ways.

Mondays 8.30am - Morning Prayer 5.45pm - Choral Evensong

We bless you for this witness and now we give you thanks for one hundred years of worship and ministry as a Cathedral.

Tuesdays 8.30am - Morning Prayer 5.45pm - Choral Evensong Wednesdays 7.30am - Holy Communion 8.30am - Morning Prayer 10.15am - Holy Communion 5.30pm - Evening Prayer Thursdays 8.30am - Morning Prayer 5.45pm - Choral Evensong

Grant to us, whose lives are like the flowers of the field, the spirit of joyful gratitude for the past, generous welcome and witness in the present, and the longing for your creation to be made whole in this City and Diocese. May your future come, through the power of the Spirit of the Risen Christ. Amen

Fridays 8.30am - Morning Prayer 5.30pm - Evening Prayer Saturdays 8.30am - Morning Prayer 5.30pm - Evening Prayer Choral Evensong only takes place during term-time, and may be cancelled if other events are occurring at the Cathedral. Please see our website what’s on calendar for all the confirmed dates and times.


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Regular Events

Bradford Cathedral holds many regular events that anyone is welcome to join in with. You can find out more details about them here.

Just A Minute Most Sundays • 11:45am - 12noon

Bring and Share Lunch Once a month • Sundays • 12noon

Silence Space Second and Fourth Mondays • 1pm

Monday Fellowship Second Monday of the month • 2pm

Sep 15th, Oct 20th, 17th Nov, 15th Dec

An opportunity to meet with others for half an hour of silence-based prayer.

Open to everyone. Bring cold food to share. Drinks are provided.

Sep 9th & 23rd, Oct 14th & 28th, Nov 11th & 25th, Dec 9th & 23rd

Sep 9th: TBC Oct 14th: Canon Myra Shackley Nov 11th: John Wright Dec 9th: Christmas Fellowship





Carers’ Crafts

Women of Faith Book Group

Stitching the Cathedral

Tuesdays (Once a month) • 11am (Waterstones)

Alternate Tuesdays • 1pm

Places of Welcome

An informal and fluid group who gather after worship, over refreshments to reflect together what we will each take away from today's worship. All welcome.

Tuesday • 10am (term-time only) Offers a warm welcome to carers and past carers looking for a friendly and interesting group to join.

17th Sep, 22nd Oct Open to people of all faiths and includes books on a variety of subjects, and includes carerscrafts@ discussion and a reading.

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Sep 3rd, Sep 17th, Oct 1st, Oct 15th, Oct 29th, Nov 12th, Nov 26th, Dec 10th No experience or commitment needed. stitching@

Every Wednesday • 2:30pm A friendly and welcoming social space where you can meet new people and also enjoy refreshments. placesofwelcome@


Regular Events

Alpha Wednesdays • 5:30pm Starts 11th September 2019 The weekly 90-minute session is a relaxed and information way to explore the Christian Faith. Everyone is welcome to join the sessions, and each week begins with a meal. To book:

Toddler Group Friday • 10am (term-time only) The group is open to anybody with children under five and there are plenty of activities on offer, plus healthy snacks are available. toddlers@

Faith Trail (March - October) First Saturday of the month • 10:15am Starts at St Peter’s RC Church, Leeds Road. You will visit a mosque, a Hindu temple, a Sikh gurdwara and Bradford Cathedral. Booking essential. faithtrail@

Baptisms, Weddings, Blessings, Funerals and Spiritual Support We offer the possibility of supporting you and arranging significant life events for you and your family. 

If you would like your babies, children or yourself to be baptised we would like to help make that happen.

If you, or someone you know, is in difficulty and is looking for spiritual support, please ask as we may be able to help.

If you want to know more about the Christian faith, we would love to meet with you.

If you would like to be married we have a range of packages which we would be  If you are looking for a Christian funeral happy to discuss with you. If you are we would be happy to help, either in already married and would like to mark the Cathedral or at the Crematorium. a milestone, please speak to us about a For all enquiries please email the office on wedding blessing. or phone 01274 77 77 20


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Wednesday@One Organ Recitals: Autumn 2019 Sept

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Prof Martin Schmeding Rachel Mahon Jonathan Bielby

Leipzig Coventry Wakefield


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Leonard Sanderman Sean Montgomery Augustiner Kantorei Graham Thorpe Chris Totney

York Hebden Bridge Erfurt Bradford Devizes


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Simon Hogan William Fox Ian Rutt Peter Shepherd

Southwell London Swansea Glasgow


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Thomas Leech Andrew Bryden Christmas Special

Leeds Ripon

Free admission. Retiring collection. Lunch, ÂŁ4 per head, available from 12.30pm to 12.55pm 2020 Spring Series opens on Wednesday 15 January Bradford Cathedral Choir BfdCathedral

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By the Hand of… Icons, Traditional and Contemporary • Free • Artspace Exhibition 4th September - 20th October • All day Chris Czainski has been painting icons for about ten years, as part of her general artistic practice using contemporary techniques. For the last two years, she has been receiving training in the traditional method of iconography using the ancient medium of egg tempera on gesso-ed wood with gilding. Examples of both styles are in the exhibition. Meet the Artist - 11th Sep, 7pm (Refreshments from 6:30pm) T: Coffee Concert with Ida Pelliccioli (Piano) Tuesday 10th September • 11am • Free Ida Pelliccioli was born in Bergamo, Italy. She studied at the Nice Conservatoire de Région and at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. Her programme includes pieces by Bach, Franck, & Schubert. There will be coffee and cake available from 10:30am. T: The Sixteen: An Immortal Legacy Saturday 14th September • 7:30pm Tickets from £9 The Sixteen are delighted to perform a distinctly British programme spanning over 500 years of choral music. 16th-century composers Tallis and Byrd wrote at times of religious turmoil and national upheaval, producing magnificent works of beauty and musical mastery. Their legacy can be traced to some of Britain’s most celebrated 20th and 21st century composers, including Britten, Tippett and James MacMillan, whose works complete this enlightening programme. T:


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National Heritage Open Day: “People Power” • Free entry Sunday 15th September • 12noon - 3pm We will be highlighting some of the local people who have played a part in our history, including the Bradford Rabble in the English Civil War, and the fascinating story of Joe Hardcastle, an ordinary Bradford man who spent 60 years as a Cathedral bell ringer. There will be the opportunity to visit the bell tower. Guided tours giving a detailed history of the Cathedral and some of the interesting people connected with it will be available at 12:30pm and 2pm. T: Reconciliation Training Day Saturday 21st September • 9am - 5pm In a complex, divided world, ‘Difference’ is a course for all Christians to help us discover how our faith can make a positive impact. Over 5 sessions, it explores our God-given identity and the habits that help us respond to everyday conflicts and fractures. If you would like to run this at your church, register for this training day at Bradford Cathedral. The Reconciling Leaders Network is part of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Reconciliation Ministry. For more: Harvest Service Sunday 29th September • 10:15am • Free

At this annual harvest service, we are invited to bring both fresh fruit and vegetables as well as packets and time of food as we give thanks to God for the goodness of the earth and its produce. The building will be gloriously decorated and our gifts will be donated to those most in need in our city. T:

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Messy Harvest • Free Sunday 29th September • 12:30 - 2pm Come and celebrate Messy Harvest with us at Bradford Cathedral, as we give thanks for the wonder of God’s creation. Join us for: bread making, bulb planting- to encourage more bees, Bible reading, songs and crafts. Everyone is welcome. Children: Remember to bring your parents and grandparents! T: Bradford on Film Screening Friday 4th October • 7pm • £7 Whether you are a born and bred Bradfordian, or a newcomer to this great city, then don’t miss the opportunity to be part the ‘Bradford on Film’ archive screening. This flagship Bradford Cathedral Centenary event is brought to you by the Yorkshire Film Archive who have delved into their vaults to curate a special journey through Bradford’s rich film heritage, revealing the sights, sounds, faces, places, changing landscapes and industries, great events and everyday lives of people in Bradford from the 1890s to the 1990s. T: Yorkshire Choirs Festival Saturday 5th October • 2pm and 3:30pm Pay what you decide The boys' choirs of Bradford, Ripon and Wakefield Cathedrals join together to give a recital and sing evensong as part of this annual festival. Do join us to hear the impressive sound of seventy singers from our diocesan cathedral choirs. 2pm Recital (pay what you decide), 3:30pm Choral Evensong. T:


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Coffee Concert with František Brikcius (Violoncello) Tuesday 8th October • 11am • Free Prague born František Brikcius a cellist since early childhood studying in Prague Conservatoire, Janáček Academy of Music (JAMU), Japan and in Leeds under the legendary cellist Prof. Anna Shuttleworth (student of Pablo Casals) at Leeds University František will be playing pieces by Bach, James Simon, Irena Kosíková & Fred Katz. There will be coffee and cake available from 10:30am. T: City of London Sinfonia The Fruit of Silence Saturday 12th October • 7pm • £20/15/5 Their first visit to Bradford; a musical event which explores the relationship between sound and spirituality, using the spaces and architecture of our building to help you see classical music in a completely new light. The music of Pärt, Vasks and Tabakova evoke the transcendental, with chant-like washes of colour and spellbinding soundscapes. Reserve a seat or a cushion, and follow the orchestra and Choir around the building as part of this spectacular event. T: Augustiner-Kantorei of Erfurt sing at the Cathedral Eucharist Sunday 13th October • 10:15am • Free Over 100 singers join together to offer music as part of our cathedral worship. The AugustinerKantorei is a choir based at the monastery where Martin Luther was a monk, and has a venerable history, dating back to 1877. Music by J. S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Flor Peeters and Gustav Holst. T:

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Hope on the Edge: We are the Future Sunday 13th October • 6:30pm • Free (Refreshments from 6pm) Come and hear from young people about  the issues that concern them  their views of church There will also be the opportunity to ask questions and to pray together. T:

Special Organ Recital: Augustiner-Kantorei of Erfurt Wednesday 16th October • 1pm • Free A musical dialogue between the cathedral organ and the 120-strong Augustiner-Kantorei of Erfurt. The German choir, led by Dietrich Ehrenwerth, is undertaking a week-long tour of Yorkshire. In this concert they present works by J. S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Flor Peeters and Gustav Holst, and are accompanied by our cathedral Organist and Director of Music, Alexander Berry. Lunch (£4) will be available from 12:30pm T: de Lacy lecture: Ben Quash - Reading the Bible with a Great Company of Artists Wednesday 16th October • 7pm • Free (Refreshments from 6:30pm) The Visual Commentary on Scripture,, is the first significant online project to introduce visitors to the entirety of Christian Scripture in the company of art and artists. In this talk, the Revd Canon Professor Ben Quash, the project’s director, will share some of the challenges and discoveries he has encountered so far in this ambitious undertaking. T:


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Eco Extravaganza • Free Saturday 19th October • 11am - 4pm Worried about climate change, but not sure what you can do? Come to Bradford Cathedral and find out about the many ways you can make a change, as a church, a community group or for your home. There will be a variety of stalls, children's activities, guest speakers, film, worship and all day Fairtrade and local produce cafe with a veg. soup and bread lunch. The whole day starts with brunch. So come along for a fun day that will help change the world. T: Common Threads: Alive With Change 23rd October - 27th November • Free Meet the Artists - 23rd October, 7pm (Refreshments from 6:30pm) Common Threads met whilst studying textiles in Bradford and came to know its buildings, culture and history. The consecration of the Cathedral a century ago cemented its place at the heart of Bradford’s society. The exhibition looks at this textile city through its own medium, reflecting growth and change, wealth and poverty, exclusion and diversity. It is a tribute to a remarkable, relevant presence. T: Saying Goodbye Service Sunday 27th October • 4pm • Free

An annual service particularly for those who have lost a baby in pregnancy, at birth and in early years, and for those grieving never having had a child. A very poignant and moving service with poetry and contemporary music. An initiative of the Mariposa Trust. All welcome. Donations welcome. More info:

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October Half-Term Family Activities Tuesday 29th and Thursday 31st October 10am - 2pm • Free At Bradford Cathedral there are lots of things to see, do and discover for children of all ages! Join us for free and exciting family activities. Have a family-friendly guided tour of the Cathedral, do craft and colouring activities, find out more about Bradford’s history or do one of the Cathedral Trails with your family, spotting interesting things along the way. Family guided tours take place at 11am and 1pm on both days. T: The Oxford & Cambridge Singing School Music and Magic: A Day of Spooky Singing and Mysterious Music (ages 7-13 years) Friday 1st November • 9am - 4pm • £35 The Oxford and Cambridge Singing School was established in 2013 to give children access to the highest level of choral training. Children are treated to a day of Hallowe'en-themed singing. As well as learning a repertoire of songs, they'll compose music to the Witches Song from Macbeth, listen to music about magic, and give a performance to parents. T: booking-form/ A Celebration of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji Friday 1st November • 6:30pm • Free Bishop Toby is delighted to host Lord Indarjit Singh of Wimbledon. Lord Singh is a journalist and broadcaster, is active in Sikh and interfaith activities, and is a member of the House of Lords. He is widely known as a contributor to ‘Thought for the Day’ on BBC Radio 4, and BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought. Lord Singh will be speaking to mark the 550th birthday anniversary of the founder of the Sikh faith Guru Nanak Dev Ji, who was a pioneer in acting against religious segregation, slavery, caste and gender discrimination T:


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Commemoration of the Faithful Departed: Fauré's Requiem with Bradford Cathedral Choir and instrumentalists Saturday 2nd November • 7:30pm • Free A special service to remember loved ones who have died, however recently or long ago. The names of those who have died will be read out during the service, and there will be the opportunity to light a candle in their memory. The beautiful liturgy for All Souls' Day will be uplifted by Gabriel Fauré's transcendent Requiem, sung by the Bradford Cathedral Consort with organ and instrumentalists. T: Festival of Remembrance Sunday 3rd November • 5pm • Free This very popular ticket only event (free), in the presence of our Lord Mayor and other Civic dignitaries, and supported by the wonderful City of Bradford Brass Band and the Bradford Cathedral Choir. There will be community singing, entertainment and an act of Remembrance to conclude. Donations invited. The service will be followed by refreshments. T: Bishop Nick Lecture: 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall Wednesday 6th November • 7pm • Free The fall of the Berlin Wall symbolised the end of the bipolar world order and heralded the democratic freedom promised after the War. It didn’t quite work out that way. The 30th anniversary of the fall offers an opportunity to look again at how the last thirty years have changed Europe and confounded many expectations. We will ask what can be learned from this by the church as it re-thinks its role in European society for the future. T:

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Business and the Kingdom – The Big Picture • £55 inc. lunch Saturday 9th November • 10am - 4pm This year’s conference for Christians in Business will focus on The Big Picture. Cal Bailey will connect our business lives with the themes of Creation, Fall, Christ and Kingdom. Other leaders will help us to see God’s plan and the part we play through our different callings to serve Him in business. Cal was Sustainability Director at NG Bailey. He is interested in how business can better serve the kingdom of God. Book: For more info: Coffee Concert with Robert Sudall (Jazz Piano) Tuesday 12th November • 11am • Free Robert Sudall is a jazz pianist based in Bradford, organist, composer and producer, with a musical outlook of unique scope and ambition. We look forward to his piano recital including pieces by Marvin Hamlisch and improvisation. There will be coffee and cake available from 10:30am. T: Tree Planting Day • Free Saturday 23rd November • 10am –3pm Bradford Cathedral will continue to lead in community tree planting this autumn. With the assistance of Bradford M.D.C. a new area for planting will be available. The Cathedral Eco Group has explored more places where we as a congregation can link with other groups in further tree planting to reduce future flooding. Bradford lies in a river basin which is prone to flooding and the more trees we can plant the better. Please mark the date in your diary and join us on the day.


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Centenary Sunday Eucharist Sunday 24th November • 10:15am • Free Including the dedication of the kneelers. Centenary Sunday with Bishop Nick Sunday 24th November • 4pm • Free Join us for our key Centenary moment. There will be a full congregation of people who have played a part in the life of this Cathedral, past and present, and we give thanks for everything that this Cathedral has given to the city and West Yorkshire in the last 100-years. The Rt. Revd. Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds, will be our preacher. Due to the high demand it will be ticket only so please make sure you register at events/mga5kzsb or by giving your name to the office. Book early to celebrate our Centenary with us!

Monday 25th November 100 years today since the Parish Church of St. Peter became Bradford Cathedral

Steeleye Span's 50th Anniversary Tour Friday 29th November • 7:30pm £24 / £26 + BF A vintage year for music and the end of a decade that changed the world, 1969 would also see the birth of a band that would go on to become one of the most enduring stories in the folk world and beyond. Fifty years on and Steeleye Span, led as ever by the iconic Maddy Prior, mark this incredible milestone with a night of favourites and songs from new album EST’D 1969. T: steeleye-span-in-concert

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From the Very Revd Jerry Lepine Dean of Bradford Each of our Christmas services seeks to proclaim afresh the wonderful miracle of the coming of God in human flesh: Emmanuel, God with us. This is the real gift of Christmas; a God who knows what it is like to be human. God in Christ reaches out to all of us, whatever our situation. May God bless you this Christmas. Advent Sunday (1st December) 08:00 Holy Communion (Said) 10:15 Choral Eucharist 18:00 Advent Procession (p20) Monday 2nd December 19:00 Marie Curie Carol Concert Wednesday 4th December 19:00 Martin House Carol Concert Thursday 5th December 18:00 Law, Order, Justice and Emergency Services Carol Service Sunday 8th December 08:00 Holy Communion (Said) 10:15 Choral Eucharist 16:00 Advent Choral Evensong Monday 9th December 14:00 Monday Fellowship 19:00 Bradford Grammar School Carols

Tuesday 10th December 11:00 Coffee Concert (p20) 19:00 Music & Arts Christmas Festival Wednesday 11th December 19:00 Rotary Carol Service Thursday 12th December 19:00 NHS Carol Service Friday 13th December 19:30 Craig Halliday & Friends 19 A Festive Musical Feast (p21)

Saturday 14th December 16:00 Christingle (p21)* Sunday 15th December 08:00 Holy Communion (Said) 10:15 Choral Eucharist 12:00 Bring and Share Lunch 16:00 Advent Choral Evensong Monday 16th December 18:00 The City Carol Service (p21) Tuesday 17th December 19:00 HFT Coming of Christmas Sunday 22nd December 08:00 Holy Communion (Said) 10:15 Choral Eucharist 12:00 Bring and Share Lunch 18:00 Nine Lessons and Carols (p22) Christmas Eve (Tuesday 24th December) 13:00 Carol Service (p22) 16:00 Messy Crib (p22)* 23:30 Midnight Choral Eucharist Christmas Day (Wednesday 25th December) 10:15 Choral Eucharist All Cathedral services are free and open to everyone - please join us *These events have an emphasis on activities for young children.

For details of other regular services please see page five of• September this booklet. - December 2019 Events

Messy Advent Saturday 30th November • 10:30am • Free Please join us as we start our preparations for Christmas. It is a wonderful opportunity for families to meet, chat, explore the meaning of Advent, share food, do crafts, sing, reflect on the Bible and much, much more. Each family will also make an Advent wreath to take away with them. All are welcome. Children: Don’t forget to bring your parents and grandparents. T: Advent Procession Sunday 1st December • 6pm • Free Free, collection during the service We begin the holy season of Advent with an atmospheric and breath-taking candlelit service, as we await the birth of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World. The cathedral choir will process around the building, singing both centuries-old and contemporary music, as we start our journey towards Christmas. T: Coffee Concert with Reed & Ivory: Helen Goldsmith (Clarinet) and Ben Cockburn (Pianist) Tuesday 10th December • 11am • Free Reed & Ivory Clarinettist Helen Goldsmith and Pianist Ben Cockburn. Graduates from Leeds College of Music will be playing music by Messager, Weber and Milhaud. There will be coffee and cake available from 10:30am. T:

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Craig Halliday & Friends A Festive Musical Feast • £13/£15 + BF Friday 13th December • 7:30pm Bradford born professional crossover violinist, Craig Halliday, will be joined on stage by vocalist Tracey Shield and the talented young performers from Shipley based CC Dance Company. With Christmas trees, mulled wine, mince pies and a programme of heart-warming seasonal music, join Craig and friends to start your seasonal festivities with some musical sparkle!

T: Christingle Saturday 14th December • 4pm • Free A fun and interactive service for all ages. Exploring the meaning of Christmas through song, film and making Christingles. Followed by cake and refreshments. T:

The City Carol Service Monday 16th December • 6pm • Free

The Lord Mayor of Bradford welcomes all to this annual carol service where we sing popular carols and hear the Cathedral Choir. A special event for all ages. Free refreshments served before and afterwards. Come early to get a good seat. Donations invited. T:


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Nine Lessons and Carols Sunday 22nd December • 6pm Free, collection during the service A traditional candle-lit service of readings intermingled with community carols and pieces sung by the Cathedral Choir, hosted by the Dean and Clergy of Bradford Cathedral. A truly memorable way to start your Christmas celebrations. All welcome. Book a reserved seat in advance with an Eventbrite ticket. Refreshments served at the end. Donations invited. T: Christmas Eve Carol Concert Tuesday 24th December • 1pm Pay what you feel* / free for children The cathedral choir presents its annual Christmas Eve recital. Music, poetry, witty Christmas stories and the best-loved Christmas carols come together in this yearly celebration. Get here early to grab your seat! T: to guarantee a seat. *Entry is free but we invite those who can to pay what you feel towards the event after the concert Messy Crib Tuesday 24th December • 4pm • Free Please join us at Bradford Cathedral for our annual Crib Service for families. We will be telling the Christmas story and celebrating this special time through music, crafts, drama, food, fun and togetherness. Why not come along dressed as your favourite person or animal from the Nativity story. All are welcome. Children: Don’t forget to bring your parents and grandparents. T:

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The Friends of Bradford Cathedral is exactly what it says it is: a group of people who have joined together to promote the work of the Cathedral.

Visit to St. Paul's, Shipley Sunday 15th September Meet at St Paul's at 4:30pm for a tour around the church, refreshments and Evensong at 6:30pm. All are welcome. Friends' Annual Lunch Oakwood Hall Sunday 20th October, 12:30pm for 1pm The Friends are celebrating the Cathedral's centenary with our Annual Lunch, this year at Oakwood Hall by popular request. Applications will be treated on a first come first served basis and forms will be available shortly. For more information, and to join the Friends of Bradford Cathedral, please visit or e-mail

From welcoming to hospitality, bell-ringing to flowerarranging, to singing in our choir, we have many volunteering opportunities at the Cathedral that you can take part in, and for our centenary year we have our 100 FOR 100 campaign. For more information and to find out more about all our opportunities, please e-mail


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I Come From…. The Cathedral speaks its origins in a tribute to the five Bradford schoolgirls whose I Come From poem was featured in the BBC television event We Are Bradford. I come from forest oaks and bruising weights of Yorkshire rock. I come from a craftsman’s chisel. I come from the dung-clotted straw of a stable. I come from dirty feet washed by my founder just before he died. I come from an empire That wrote its will across a tiny kingdom. I come from a far land, across deserts

and seething seas. I come from closer than your skin: I come from a longing deep within you. I come from Judas. I come from the Crusades, and countless acts that betray my founder.

I come from a king’s wish to divorce his wife. I come from the footsteps of unknown people. I come from stories that will never be told.

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I come from a parched wilderness

in which a man struggled for forty days; I come from bare concrete. I come from the cries of the marginalised. I come from the taste of wine, and I have known it turn into vinegar.

I come from the ultimate failed project. Followers fleeing; leader put to death. A management disaster. The twist is: the project didn’t die. I come bloodied by the deaths of martyrs: I come grounded in day-to-day acts. I come floating on the silence of eternity. I come from Bradford. I come from the grit and courage of its people. I come from unbounded Spirit which I anchor firm in the midst of shops and concrete, firm and deep in this city’s heart. During the Cathedral’s centenary year Diane Pacitti is our poet in residence. She will produce a collection of poems based on Bradford and its cathedral.


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Join us in 2020 as we celebrate the

Year of Cathedrals Year of Pilgrimage 2020 will bring together a remarkable number of individual cathedral anniversaries and initiatives that will help tell Britain’s story – past and present and offer a creative and positive way to look to the future.

There will also be a host of new pilgrim routes leading to cathedrals, highlighting the importance of spiritual, mental and physical well-being.

Even though our Centenary year will come to a close this December, 2020 will be just as busy for Bradford Cathedral with more events, services, talks, music recitals and much more.

Look out for our January - April 2020 programme, available from late 2019, or visit our website for all the latest news and events.

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Thank you to our partners


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Events are free unless stated otherwise and all are welcome. Exhibitions are generally open during normal opening hours: Monday to Saturday 8:15am to 5:30pm and Sunday 7:45am to 5pm Parking is available at the Broadway Shopping Centre from 6am to 1am every day. Access is off Hall Ings (satnav BD1 1JR) Disclaimer: All information is correct at the time of print but may be subject to change without notice. Please check with the cathedral office or social media if you are making a special journey as the programme may be subject to change or special circumstances may prevent or restrict access. For the latest information, to share your photos, to ask us questions, or to buy tickets: /StPeterBradford


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