Saturday, 29 February 2020

Lives in Music - John Mostyn


John Mostyn. You won't believe what he's done. 

Hugely (at times discreetly) influential for 40+ years


Photo credit: Graham Young, Birmingham Live

A Lives In Music chat with John Mostyn can not be brief: there's so much to talk about. But it's fascinating. From promoting for love in the 70s to handling really successful global acts, and one massive catastrophe which John retells unflinchingly, it's compelling stuff. And have you heard of Carpe Aqua? 

Listen to John's Lives in Music here. 

Robin Valk introduces this week's guest, the fascinating and jovial John Mostyn:

With some fifty years in the business across a dizzying range of bands and activities, John Mostyn is endlessly interesting. He's done the mega-deals, battled with the music industry at the very top levels, and he's worked just as hard on small local projects which simply deserved some help. And he has some incredible stories. 

There's a lot to be gleaned from listening to John's experiences. Not that John minds; he's always been happy to share and lend a hand. John touches on a wide range of music and musicians, and to check any of them out, head to the companion show notes blog post on the Radio To Go Blog at radiotogo.com.

The Lives in Music series celebrates people who have spent a lifetime in music. They may be famous; they may be people who have spent their lives working in the background for the love of it. But they all have stories.

The intro and outro music in this series comes from the great bass player Mike Hatton, who you can hear interviewed in series 1, here. 'Everything Changes' is included in his excellent 2019 album 'Bassic Salvation'. 

Please pledge now to save: Matthew Boulton's Baskerville family bible



Please pledge now to save:
Matthew Boulton's Baskerville family bible

On 26 March 2020, Boulton’s Baskerville family bible will be auctioned in London. This particular bible is arguably one of Baskerville’s most important volumes due to the quality of its bindings and the use of his endpapers. Annotated by a contemporary hand with details of the Boulton family, it is also of great significance to Birmingham as it represents the relationship between the printer John Baskerville and the industrialist Matthew Boulton, two of the most influential figures in the city’s history. We feel very strongly that the bible should remain in its ancestral home and made publicly available.

A consortium of city heritage organisations, including the Baskerville Society, Birmingham Museums Trust, Cadbury Research Library (CRL), Civic Society, and the Lunar Society, has been formed in order to bid for the bible at auction and ensure the volume remains in Birmingham. If successful in our bid, the bible will be housed at the Cadbury Research Library at the University of Birmingham which has the resources to provide appropriate care for the book, together with its other Baskerville holdings, and make it available to the public in perpetuity.

As the bible is to be sold at auction it is impossible to predict exactly how much it will fetch; but it may sell for a considerable sum. Because of this uncertainty, rather than fundraising to help with the purchase, we are inviting individuals and organisations to make financial pledges which we can call in if needed. Unfortunately, time is against us and we would require pledges to be made by Friday, 21 March 2020 at the latest.

If you agree to become a pledgor, you are promising to make a contributory gift towards the purchase of Boulton’s Baskerville family bible. Your gift may be called on in full should we have to pay a high price for the bible, or in part if the bible sells for less than expected. We would not call in funds until after the auction. While the bible will be fully owned by the CRL it will have been purchased with the assistance of the generous gifts of individuals and organisations whose support will be fully acknowledged. If you would like to make a pledge then please contact Caroline Archer or Malcolm Dick using the details below or to download the pledge letter and pledge agreement please use the links below.

We do hope you will give some thought to becoming a pledgor and help to secure this important example of Birmingham’s history and rare piece of typographic heritage so that it can be cared for and enjoyed by current and future generations.

Thank you,





Bone to Bone China – The Story of a Potters’ Mill 1857 to 2020 - Saturday 21 March

Marvellous March at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Bernard Lovatt is a volunteer at Shirley’s 1857 Bone and Flint Mill in Etruria, the only remaining operational steam powered potters’ mill in the world and a scheduled monument of national importance. He will speak about the processing and milling of materials required to mix with clay to make pottery, especially bone, flint and china stone necessary to make English Bone China. Samples of materials can be handled and a video of the mill in operation will be shown.

11.30 am, free (normal admission applies to the rest of the museum, please call 01782 237777 to book a place.

The full CITYDRIVE2020 programme is hot off the press!

CITYDRIVE2020 programme now live!


We're delighted to announce that the CITYDRIVE2020 programme is hot off the press! 
Get involved with a vibrant week-long programme of events celebrating social enterprise in Birmingham from 30th March - 4th April 2020.

With two not-to-be-missed conferences, a Buy Social breakfast, supper with SEUK award-winners, events for start-ups, a micro-fund, Big Issue vendor experience, bike rides and walking tours and much more!
Explore how social enterprise in Birmingham is changing the way we do business. Use your spending power for good. Start, buy, volunteer, work or invest in social enterprise.
Don't forget our 'Capturing Social Enterprise' photography competition closes on Friday - send us your snaps for a chance to win an Elvis & Kresse overnight bag and to have your social enterprise feature as part of an exhibition at Grand Central (tbc) and the Great Western Arcade. 
 
You will find all CITYDRIVE event booking details in the programme. Please book early to avoid disappointment! Most events are free thanks to our fab event sponsors.

You can also see the event listings on our website.
For press enquires, please contact sallie.ryan@i-se.co.uk 
General enquiries info@i-se.co.uk 0121 771 1411

We can't wait to see you there!

The iSE team

Man Made Youth Company at Dancefest’s Youth Movement in Bromsgrove on Sunday!


AutinDT’s little brother company Man Made Youth will be performing their latest work Influence at Artrix Arts Centre in Bromsgrove on Sunday 1st of March 2020. Inspired by ‘The Influence Project’ an exhibition celebrating the impact that leading Black musicians have had on contemporary sound and culture, Made Made Youth Company investigate their own identities as young artists. Physically exploring what influence and sway means to them, the group looks into the importance of being a role model, and how to lead by example to pursue creative and social influence throughout the arts.
To book tickets please click here

Fury back on top of the heavyweight division

Zac Evans - Photography credit
Article by Joey Millington - published in The Mancunian Newspaper
The largest University campus newspaper in the UK
After four unrelenting years, 22nd February 2020 was the day lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury finally returned to the summit of world boxing.
In 2016, just months after beating the imperious Wladimir Klitschko, Mancunian Fury was stripped of his titles and found himself fighting demons, mentally and physically. Not knowing how much more he could take, Fury turned to alcohol and drugs for solace. On Saturday night Fury completed his stunning comeback, defeating WBC champion Deontay Wilder with a captivating performance in Las Vegas.
A year on from their contentious LA draw in December 2018, it was announced that the two would battle again with Wilder’s WBC belt and the vacant Ring Magazine title up for grabs. Wilder overcame Ortiz and Fury avoided banana skin opponents Schwarz and Wallin to set up a monstrous showdown at the MGM Grand between two unbeaten fighters.
Despite the animosity between the two before their last clash, this time flames were only stoked during fight week. In the days leading up to the fight, the tension between the two came to the boil, with Wilder mocking Fury’s drug use and his ‘pillow fists’, whilst Fury labelled the American a ‘bully’.
Another talking point pre-fight was Fury’s decision to leave his trainer Ben Davison. Despite Davison gaining adulation for helping to get Fury full fit and into a better frame of mind, the fighter wanted a coach who could enhance his knockout ability, hiring ‘Sugar Hill’ Steward.
Whilst many scoffed at Fury’s plan to knockout the knockout artist, the weigh-in results suggested he was seriously targeting a stoppage. Fury’s significant increase confirmed his determination to add power to his arsenal, weighing 273 lbs, over a pound heavier than the first fight. The weigh-in proved so hostile that the Nevada Athletic Commission banned the two from facing-off.
Fight night arrived and as the clocked ticked down towards the main event, a touching moment saw former competitors Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis honoured for their contributions to the sport as a new chapter of heavyweight boxing was set to be written.
As the challenger, Fury was first to make his way to the ring. His entrance played on his ‘Gypsy King’ nickname as he was carried in on a throne, dressed in regalia and hoping to confirm his status amongst boxing royalty. His opponent Wilder gave a nod to Black History Month as images of black trailblazers lit up the arena as he marched in, whilst he donned a costume that he would later claim caused fatigue during the fight. With two stunning entrances complete, the stage was set for a clash of the ages.
Fury is well known for his patient and intelligent style but from the first bell his new game plan was evident, taking a dominant central ring position to launch a series of aggressive combinations. In the first fight Fury seemed very wary of Wilder’s unrivalled power, but this time around he barely gave the American a chance to fire his much-feared right hand.
Whilst Fury had insisted Wilder would not make it past round two, it was in the third when he landed the first telling blow. A jab followed by a big right hand floored the ‘Bronze Bomber’. Wilder’s lip was bust open and his ear begin to bleed. In the subsequent rounds Fury was relentless, not giving the Alabaman any respite. Another knockdown was scored by the Brit during the fifth, as a hefty left hook landed to the body. The only blemish on Fury’s performance was the deduction of a point when he landed a shot in the clinch after referee Bayless called for the pair to break.
The game plan constructed by team Fury was executed to near perfection, even including Fury’s claims that he wanted to taste the blood of his rival. In a sixth-round clinch, Fury appeared to lick blood off his opponent’s neck as it trickled down from his ear. The inevitable stoppage came in the seventh, as Wilder’s corner threw in the towel as their fighter cut a broken figure. Fury not only won the WBC and Ring Magazine belts but had laid down an almighty gauntlet for any future challengers.
Since he cruised past Klitschko in Dusseldorf and performed an Aerosmith hit, a Fury boxing masterclass has become synonymous with a post-fight singalong. In Vegas it was a rousing rendition of ‘American Pie’ which the big Brit and his team treated the MGM crowd to. The Wythenshawe man is not only one of the best pound-for-pound fighters, but he is a natural born entertainer too.
Fury’s slick victory means that all the major heavyweight belts are held by British fighters after his rival Anthony Joshua beat Andy Ruiz Jr. in December. This now sets up a long-awaited British unification showdown between the ‘Gypsy King’ and ‘AJ’.
That is if Fury can defeat Wilder again after the American triggered a clause in the contract enacting a trilogy fight despite the little appetite for this bout within boxing after this comprehensive rematch. Should Fury defeat Wilder again, and if Joshua overcomes a mandatory fight against Kubrat Pulev, Britain could be set for a memorable clash between the pair this winter.

Dancers’ Circle - New Dates!


Dancers’ Circle
 is a friendly social and networking initiative hosted by Midlands Arts Centre and MAC Dance Associate Artist Johnny Autin (Autin Dance Theatre/ Man Made Youth Company).

Its simple mission is to bring people together! Dancers' Circle is free and open to everyone. It’s an invitation to meet up prior to dance theatre performances at MAC, to enjoy free tea and biscuits at the bar and socialise with like-minded people from across the dance sector and beyond.

RSVP to 
johnny@autindt.com by Mon 02 Mar 2020
Upcoming Dancer’s Circle editions:
Saturday 7 March @6:30pm - Midlands Arts Centre - MAC [Tribe // Still I Rise]

more info
Thursday 19 March @6:30pm - Midlands Arts Centre - MAC [Botis Seva: BLK DOG]
more info

NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL RETURNS TO BIRMINGHAM REPERTORY THEATRE FOR THE 2020/21 CHRISTMAS SEASON

Following its world premiere at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 2017, the theatre is delighted to announce that Debbie Isitt’s hit production NATIVITY! The Musical will return to its home stage for the 2020/21 Christmas season.

NATIVITY! The Musical will open on Tuesday 17 November 2020 for a spectacular seven-week run until Sunday 3 January 2021. It will feature in the first full season under The REP’s new Artistic Director, double Olivier Award-winner Sean Foley.

NATIVITY! The Musical centres around the fictional St Bernadette’s School where every child has one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity. Enter teacher Mr Maddens and his loveable assistant Mr Poppy as they decide to stage a musical version. Follow this feel-good production as they deal with hilarious children, unruly animals and a whole lot of sparkle and shine to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true.

Sean Foley, Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director said “We are especially delighted to welcome back Debbie Isitt’s spectacular and heart-warming hit show to her home city of Birmingham. Christmas is a special time for families to come together and NATIVITY! The Musical provides the perfect theatre treat for all ages.” 

Since its world premiere at The REP, the production has been seen by over one million people during an acclaimed UK tour and three successful London runs.

"IT REALLY IS TINSEL-TASTIC" The Times

Adapted for the stage by Birmingham-born Debbie Isitt, the creator of the much-loved films, it features a host of memorable sing-a-long hits from the movies including Sparkle and Shine, NazarethOne Night One MomentShe’s the Brightest Star and a whole host of new songs.

The NATIVITY! film series is one of the most popular UK Christmas film franchises of recent years. Written and directed by the Bafta Award-winning writer and director Debbie Isitt and produced by Nick Jones, NATIVITY!, NATIVITY 2 DANGER IN THE MANGER!, NATIVITY 3 DUDE WHERE’S MY DONKEY?! and NATIVITY ROCKS! have all gone on to reach top box office positions on theatrical release and sold nearly 2 million DVDs, capturing the hearts and minds of families all over the UK.

Priority booking for The REP’s members is now open. General booking opens on 3 March at 11am.

Full casting to be announced soon.

NATIVITY! The Musical is presented by Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with Jamie Wilson. Book by Debbie Isitt with music by Debbie Isitt and Nicky Ager. Based on the film Nativity!, written and direct by Debbie Isitt and produced by Nick Jones. Choreographed by Andrew Wright, designed by David Woodhead, with lighting design by Tim Mitchell, sound design by Tom Marshall and musical supervision and orchestrations by George Dyer.

Box Office: 0121 236 4455 Online Booking: birmingham-rep.co.uk


Women's Fuse 2020 Applications Now Open!


More Than Water: Tunnel Vision Bike Ride


  • Date: 15th March 2020
  • Location: Westport Lake Visitor Centre , Westport Lake Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 4RZ
  • Time: 10:00 - 13:00
  • Cost: Free
Middleport Matters welcome you to join us as part of More Than Water project funded by the Canal & River Trust for a special bike ride we will explore the heritage surrounding the Harecastle tunnel.
You will be guided along the Trent & Mersey Canal and other safe cycling routes to find out about the The Potteries’ canals and the pioneering tunnel that laid the blueprint for the narrow canal network.
Our ten-mile route will include historic buildings at Longport, both the north and south tunnel portals, paired locks, and return via local green ways, passing through Harecastle Hill via the former loop-line railway tunnel.
The meeting point is at Westport Lake at 10am.
We will be cycling for approximately 2.5 hours with frequent stops.
Participants must be competent cyclists and bring their own bicycles which are in good working order.
This ride is led by Potteries Heritage Society on behalf of Middleport Matters.
All are welcome but children must be accompanied by adults.
Booking is essential as places are limited.

WORLD OBESITY DAY UPDATE

World Obesity Day 2020
Together we can create a healthier future.
Obesity is a chronic disease that affects people of in all walks of life. On the surface, obesity has been misperceived by many as a simple lifestyle choice. But below the surface, we know that the roots of obesity run deep.

Join us and organisations around the world for a new World Obesity Day on March 4, 2020, as we push for more comprehensive solutions, treatment and collective responsibility for addressing this global epidemic.


VISIT OUR WEBSITE

This World Obesity Day, we are asking you to show your support for the campaign by sending us your 'O' for obesity.

It’s a quick and easy thing you can do alone, or in a group. All of your photos will be compiled for use on our website and social media channels to demonstrate the global support that World Obesity Day has.
 
We would especially love to see you and your colleagues supporting World Obesity Day with any local landmarks in the background so that we can build a real global feel to the images we share.
 

Sunday, 23 February 2020

STAR COUNT 2020 Connecting More People with Starry Skies



The Campaign to Protect Rural England wants everyone to be able to look up on a clear night and see the awesome sight of a star filled sky.  

So we are asking you all to take part in our annual Star Count, in order that we can map this country and find out what are the best and what are the worst places at which to look at the heavens.
 
Last year’s Star Count showed that pollution, often caused by the glare from household, street and sports lighting is making a beautiful starry sky a rare sight for many of us. Only 2% of those who took part in last year’s Star Count told us that they had seen a truly dark sky.
 
This pollution is dangerous because not only does it destroy part of our national heritage, but it disrupts the natural behaviour of wildlife and can be harmful to health. It is also a waste of energy at a time when we are consciously beginning to live in a more sustainable way.
 
So, using our Star Count we will lobby Government and local authorities to tackle light pollution and highlight the dark sky areas that need to be protected by enhancing planning policies.
 
Would you like to take part? It is very simple.
 
Go outdoors after 7 p.m., when the sky is completely dark, on the first clear night of the eight days from tonight until 28th February.   
 
Look southwards and find the constellation of Orion, the mighty hunter. 
 
It is easily recognisable, four bright stars framing a rough rectangle that includes the three that represent the hunter’s belt. Without using a telescope or binoculars count the number of stars that you can see within the rectangle, not including the four outer stars. You will almost certainly see three, but how many more can you make out? Do your best and when you have counted as many as you can see go to cpre.org.uk/starcount and enter the number with your name and address.
       
It is very easy to do and we will be very grateful for your support.

Lives in Music - Gavin Monaghan of the Magic Garden


Robin Valk is back this weekend with another great interview on his Lives in Music podcast site. This week it's with local producer Gavin Monaghan who commands massive respect worldwide, but who is equally at home working with local bands he has an affinity with. Robin tells us that Gavin loves his work and...

"The people who work with him love his work as well. He operates from an unassuming but brilliant complex, the third premises that he's named Magic Garden. Music of all shapes and descriptions flows from there out to the world."

"Above all Gavin focuses on results - it's fascinating to hear how he gets those results, how he got started, and how technology has changed the creative music landscape. Craft skills, hard won and invaluable."


The story starts.... well actually, get yourself a cup of tea, turn on your speakers and listen to another fascinating podcast from Robin Valk. 

Lives in Music - Gavin Monaghan

To learn more about the music, or the musicians mentioned in this podcast, head to the companion Radio To Go blog post. 'A Life in Music: Gavin Monaghan', which you can find at www.radiotogo.com. Everything that Gavin touches on is linked there so you can explore to your hearts content.
 

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Diverse professionals and James Haskell’s MMA switch



Article by Joey Millington

From The Mancunian - 19th February 2020

Read the original article here at The Mancunian, the largest University campus newspaper in the UK

After hanging up their boots, gloves or bats many athletes find new endeavours to pursue. Whether they attempt to make it in Hollywood, slap the fake tan on and head to reality television or establish a fashion empire, there are many options for stars outside their natural sporting habitat.

An increasing number of elite athletes are turning their attention to other sports. Many admit to missing the rigour of a stringent diet and training regime, whilst others long for the camaraderie of the dressing room. Such factors have driven former England Rugby Union regular James Haskell towards MMA. Haskell, who starred at Wasps, announced last August he would fight in the Bellator and recently declared that his first contest is imminent.

Haskell is not the first athlete to enter the fight game. The transition into combat sports is a well-trodden path with many world-class performers lacing up the gloves to go toe-to-toe with a more experienced foe. Ashes hero Freddie Flintoff won his sole professional boxing bout against Richard Dawson in 2012, whilst Sonny Bill Williams has won seven contests in amongst a decorated rugby career. Famously MMA icon Conor McGregor also chanced his arm in the ring as he was defeated by Floyd Mayweather in a lucrative encounter.

Combat sports are dangerous though, with many fighters facing a tragic end and so criticism has been directed at those choosing a potentially fatal challenge for fame and finance. It must be noted, however, that often boxing and martial arts organisations run strict tests in order to ensure that every professional does have the capability to look after themselves. This was seen in 2018 when Premier League winner Rio Ferdinand was denied a licence by the British Boxing Board of Control after he intended to add a belt to his brimming trophy cabinet.

Outside of combat sports, the greatest ever sprinter, Usain Bolt, had a fleeting football career, playing for Central Coast Mariners. Though he never featured competitively in Australia. Questions were raised over whether the legendary Jamaican was making a mockery of professionals who trained for years to reach this standard, whilst a rival side’s player compared Bolt’s ball control to that of a trampoline.

There are athletes though, who possess the Midas touch, adapting to any sporting scenario they face. One such individual is Liverpool’s James Milner, who is not only comfortable in most positions on the pitch but could have competed professionally in cricket, darts and long-distance running as a teenager. Another versatile athlete is Ester Ledecka, a Czech skier who also starred as a snowboarder, becoming the first woman to win gold medals in two separate disciplines at the same Winter Olympic Games in 2018. Additionally, Australian cricketer Ellyse Perry made a seamless transition between different professional sports having also represented her nation in football.

What is clear then, is that not all athletes take up a new sport for money or notoriety, some individuals are genuinely talented enough to compete on multiple fronts. Despite recently making a name for himself on television and as a DJ, those closest to Haskell are convinced he has the mental drive and physical prowess to thrive in MMA. Whether it is just a publicity stunt, or whether Haskell has genuinely found a new calling remains to be seen.
 

Monday, 17 February 2020

Everything to Everybody: Birmingham's Shakespeare Memorial Library





‘The time has come to give everything to everybody

George Dawson, founder of the Birmingham, Shakespeare Memorial Library


To mark the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, Dawson and a group of his closest friends decided that Birmingham should be home to the greatest collection of Shakespeare books in the world. They insisted that a special room should be built for these books, the most beautiful room in Birmingham, and most importantly, it should be freely open to everyone.

Read more in this beautifully illustrated booklet.




'Everything to Everybody: Unlocking a cultural icon for all

A major £1.7 million project to re-connect Birmingham’s communities with the city’s Shakespearean heritage has been officially launched.

'Everything to Everybody' - a collaboration between the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council - will revive the fortunes of the city’s almost-forgotten Birmingham Shakespeare Memorial Library (BSML), now held right in the heart of the city in the iconic Library of Birmingham.

This ground-breaking project will restore the world’s first great people’s Shakespeare Library to everyone in the city, reanimating Birmingham’s historic, multicultural Shakespeare collection in time for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

It will re-vitalise the first, oldest and largest Shakespeare collection in any public library in the world and one of the UK’s most important cultural assets.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has granted £675,200 to the project, which has also secured significant funding from Mike Gibbs and History West Midlands. The total value of the project currently stands at £1,710,667.

The project unites the Shakespeare archive, founded in 1864, with the George Dawson Collection (GDC) - a wealth of documents relating to the nonconformist preacher, lecturer and activist, who founded the Library as part of a pioneering ‘Civic Gospel’ which helped make 19th-century Birmingham the world’s most progressive modern city.


Lindsay Seers - Care(less) at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Images courtesy of Linday Seers
Photos taken by Laura Jaunzems (Ikon Press)

15 February - 23 February - FREE 
(Closed Monday 17 February)
Ikon presents Care(less) (2019), a highly original immersive 360-degree VR film by British artist Lindsay Seers. The work uses the hallucinatory quality of VR technology to convey an embodied experience of what it is to be in an ageing body. This OPCARE artist commission responds to new research by the University of BirminghamUniversity of Brighton and University of Lincoln, supported by the Wellcome Trust Enrichment Fund, into the experiences of older people receiving care they pay for themselves. The installation is part of an ongoing exploration around the ethics of care in partnership with Fabrica gallery, Brighton and Frequency Festival.



Sunday, 16 February 2020

Events at Hereford Cathedral


Monday 27 January – Saturday 27 June
Saints in the Making Exhibition

The saints played an important part in the lives of all medieval people, who knew and loved popular stories about them and regarded them as vital intercessors forming a bridge between Earth and Heaven. This exhibition explores the significance of the saints, and in particular those special to Hereford, through books, documents and objects from the cathedral’s historic collections. The exhibition is in the Mappa Mundi & Chained Library exhibition space from 27 January to 27 June 2020, normal admission charges apply.

Tuesdays in Lent, 6.45 pm
Saving our Environment – A Christian Imperative

A series of talks to focus hearts and minds on the urgency of our world’s concerns, with speakers providing a different slant each week. Each will speak at 6.45 pm for around 15 minutes followed by Compline. We will gather for soup and rolls in the retro-choir following Evensong.

3 March | Isabel Carter – How can we modify our lifestyle as individuals?
10 March | The Revd Nick Read – The part agriculture can play
17 March | Simon Ross – How are we working with our buildings at church and home?
24 March | Richard Priestley – Politics and policy
31 March | Prebendary John Daniels – Theology of the environment


Saturday 7 March, 9.30 am – 12 noon
Chorister Open Morning

Boys, aged 6 – 8, who enjoy singing are invited to explore being a cathedral chorister. 
Places on the open morning are free of charge, but spaces are limited so booking is essential via office@herefordcathedral.org or 01432 374 212

Saturday 7 March, 3.05 pm
Afternoon Music Organ Recital

Come along and hear 20 minutes of relaxing music on the beautiful Father Willis organ. Admission is free with a retiring collection.

Thursday 12 March, 7 pm
Cloister Voices: past and present
Hear stories from past and present thanks to oral history interviews with residents of the Cloisters of Hereford Cathedral. Sarah Hollingdale, Activity Officer for the Eastern Cloisters Project (supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund), will share these precious recordings for the first time. Tickets cost £8 – booking is essential via the Cathedral Library on 01432 374 225/6 or by emailing library@herefordcathedral.org 

Thursday 19 March, 12 noon
Choral Scholars’ Mass
Join us for our Choral Scholars’ Mass in the Lady Chapel followed by a Lent lunch in College Hall. Lunch will be served with musical entertainment.  There are limited places available for the lunch with costs £5. To book your place, please contact Erica on 01432 374 259 or erica.manley@herefordcathedral.org 

Wednesday 25 March, 9 am – 10 am
Quiet Hour
An opportunity to visit the cathedral at a calmer time of day. Join us for a quieter visit to the cathedral, perfect for anyone who experiences sensory overload such as those on the autistic spectrum or living with dementia.

Friday 27 March, 10 am – 3 pm
Hereford Cathedral Gardens Spring Opening 
Visit the Chapter House Gardens, Cloister, College and Dean’s Gardens as our gardening team prepare for the summer - free entry. For more information please contact Peter Challenger on 01432 374 202 or email peter.challenger@herefordcathedral.org


Saturday 28 March, 8.30 pm
Earth Hour
Everyone is welcome to join us as we take this time to reflect on our world and the crisis it faces. The cathedral community will set aside one hour to really reflect on our world and our place within it.

Sunday 29 March, 5.30 pm
Evening Hour with Healing Eucharist
The Evening Hour is a service of prayer for healing and time for quiet reflection at the shrine of Saint Thomas of Hereford in the north transept of the cathedral. All are welcome to attend.