Victoria Field, our writer-in-residence has come to the end of her year at the Cathedral. To celebrate her residency Victoria has produced a book of her poems entitled 'Many Waters'.
You can hear Victoria read poems from the book at a book launch on Sunday 19th November at 2pm.
Elvis Presley’s music to be performed in Truro cathedral? The Rock ‘n Roll King desecrating the sanctity of Cornwall’s premier church? The critics, both local and in the national press, should have been there last Sunday – that is, if they could find a spare seat among the nine hundred that filled the cathedral. Although it was in part an Elvis gig it was also a service of worship and joy devised by Perran Gay, the Canon Precentor
Having successfully launched their first fundraising calendar last year, Truro Cathedral has gone into partnership with a local photographer, to produce a second stunning calendar.
This second calendar features seasonal scenes that highlight the beauty of Cornish land and seascapes. The images are dramatic and varied, and are expertly shot by local photographer, Philip Trevennen of Penzance, “I was delighted to help the Cathedral when they approached me with this idea for a joint project.
Elvis is coming to Truro Cathedral! Johnny Cowling, Elvis impersonator, will break new ground when he performs the Gospel Music of Elvis Presley at Truro Cathedral on Sunday 6th August at 6.30pm.
The Elvis service forms part of the Cathedral’s exploration of alternative styles of worship. It is part of a programme that has seen both Jazz and Country & Western style worship take place in Truro Cathedral for the first time.
Canon Perran Gay, the Cathedral’s Head of Worship, explains, “We want this to be partly like an Elvis ‘gig’ and partly like an act of worship. I am genuinely excited by the challenge of ‘engaging with’ people who wouldn’t normally come to the Cathedral. We believe that God gives us many ways in which to worship him, this is just one of many alternatives.”
Truro Cathedral Choir has been awarded a £30,000 grant from the Friends of Cathedral Music, to help safeguard the development of choral scholarships at the cathedral.
Evensong at 5.30pm on Friday 21st April will celebrate HM The Queen's 80th Birthday with specially selected hymns and readings. The service, which is open to everyone, has been arranged by the Lord Lieutenant, Lady Mary Holborow, and the Chapter of Truro Cathedral.
The Bells of the Cathedral will ring out at 7.30am on Friday to mark the commencement of this special day.
Richard Glover, who was appointed Chief Executive at Truro Cathedral in June 2003, has decided that it is time that he moved on.
“Much has been achieved in the last three years,” he says, “and I have very much enjoyed the opportunities and challenges which the Cathedral has offered. The role is now changing, having achieved much of what I set out to do, so I am looking for new challenges.” At the time of his appointment, Cathedral finances were in a critical state, but Richard says that it is a source of some satisfaction that the auditors have now congratulated the Cathedral on the quality of its financial control.
On Friday 17th March commencing at 1.10pm, in the opening Free Lunchtime Recital of the season, all five organs currently in the Cathedral will be played at varying times by Robert Sharpe and Christopher Gray. The five instruments are the Cathedral's superb Willis organ, the Byfield organ and the modern chamber organ together with the two fine replica 16th century organs of the Early English Organs Project.
The Bishop of Truro’s Lent Lectures begin next Wednesday (8th March) at 7.30pm with the first of four lectures exploring some of the themes and issues blighting developing countries.
Dr Chris Tiley is a local doctor based in Mevagissey who is also partly based at Treliske Hospital and the Peninsula Medical School. If that wasn’t enough work for one person Chris has also carried out work on behalf of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the war torn countries of Ethiopia and Afghanistan.
Bishop Bill will unlock the key to a treasure seeking game on Wednesday 1st March at 11.30am on High Cross (inside cathedral if wet). He will unlock a treasure chest and read out a riddle that marks the start of a Cornish treasure hunt that will take treasure seekers to many of the beautiful churches around the county in search of clues to solve the mystery.
Canon Pat Robson has put together a cluebook of riddles and rhymes called ‘The Quest – A Celtic Mystery’. She has high hopes that it will capture people’s imaginations, “The Celts were great riddle solvers and loved rhymes; I suppose they were the forerunners of Crosswords and the logic puzzles like Sidoku that are so popular nowadays. Well this is the Cornish version; the book contains clues in the form of rhymes which will lead treasure seekers in the footsteps of the Cornish Saints around some of our most fascinating churches. If you enjoy a mystery and love our beautiful county, then this challenge is designed for you. It may only take you a few hours to solve or it could become a life time’s quest! Will you accept the Challenge?”
On Saturday this week members of the public will have a chance to play the two replica Sixteenth century organs that have found a temporary home at Truro Cathedral.
Have you ever wanted to play Tudor organs, well now is your chance. As part of the programme of events supporting the Early English Organ Project, the Cathedral is opening its doors this Saturday morning from 10.30-1.00pm for budding musicians to have a go.
World Famous Jazz Singer Norma Winstone made a surprise drop in appearance at the Cathedral’s first Jazz Service last Sunday.
Resting between tours at a seaside cottage here in Cornwall Norma agreed at the last moment to sing at the cathedral's "Music to Move the Soul" service. She wowed and won the hearts of the congregation with her renowned unique vocal range and quality of voice as she sang an unaccompanied solo of "Come Sunday" written by Duke Ellington.The service was led by Canon Pat Robson with the Churchtown Unity Jazz Band.
As part of the Cathedral’s continuing exploration of different forms of worship, its latest encounter is with ‘Music to move the Soul’ a Jazz evening in the Cathedral starting at 6.30pm on Sunday 5th February.
The Cathedral style of worship is usually associated with organs, choirs and singing. But as Canon Perran Gay explains the Cathedral is exploring new and unusual forms of worship, “Not everyone enjoys our usual choral style of worship, so we wanted to look at ways of reaching different audiences with different tastes and styles. I really enjoyed the Linedancing in November as did everyone who was there, so the idea of Jazz at the Cathedral is a natural follow on.”
‘Music to move the Soul’ will be played by The Church Town Unity Jazz Band, a group of 6 local jazz musicians that have played in many local churches and chapels throughout the county.
Friday 27th January is remembered as Holocaust Memorial Day. The Cathedral will have prayers on the hour throughout the day, a special service at 5.30pm and will mount a special exhibition featuring the stories of ten brave British citizens who helped save the lives of Jewish people during the Holocaust. .
This year the theme of Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘One Person Can Make A Difference’. This new theme celebrates the courage of the rescuers who helped the persecuted survive and gave them hope. Many rescuers are still alive and living in the UK and they should be honoured, before it is too late. Their courage enabled many victims of the Nazis to survive the Holocaust.
The Cathedral is supporting the day with an exhibition that highlights the acts of bravery and heroism that saved countless lives.
This week two replica Sixteenth century organs will find a temporary home at Truro Cathedral and will be used for at least eleven Services, five Recitals and an Open Morning in an effort to promote the work of the Early English Organ Project.
Truro Cathedral is supporting the Early English Organ Project by hosting two of the re-built organs from January 10th to April 20th this year. Both organs, the Wetheringsett and the Wingfield have been painstakingly reconstructed from tiny fragments of the original organs.
Jane Allsopp, the Project director explains, “During the Reformation many church organs were deliberately dismantled or destroyed because the type and form of service changed and so our knowledge and understanding of that period is sketchy to say the least. This project aims to fill that missing gap.”
Victoria Field, the new writer in residence at the Cathedral, will begin the first of nine weekly workshops on Tuesday 7th February 2006. She would like anyone interested in joining the workshop to initially contact the Cathedral Office on 01872 276782.
"Truro Cathedral is a uniquely inspiring environment and I hope to find a group of people who would welcome a chance to explore it together in words."
"We will focus mostly on poetry, as it tends to be shorter and more intense."