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What is Cathedral at Height?
Our brand new guided tour will take you take you behind the scenes at Chester Cathedral, providing an unparalleled level of public access. Our tower tour with a twist will allow you to immerse yourself in our unique blend of medieval and modern history. See one city, two countries and five counties from the top of the cathedral tower. Climb through 900 years of history and discover our hidden spaces.

Explore our bell-ringing chamber
Get up close and personal with our stained glass
Peer down on our fourteenth century quire stalls and Victorian organ
Amble along our galleries
Take in a panoramic view of the city and beyond from the roof
Discover the hidden cathedral

Tickets for the tour will be charged at £8 for adults and £6 for children. Individual bookings can be made in the cathedral on the day of the tour. For group bookings of six or more people contact Chester Cathedral Box Office on 01244 500959.

Please note that due to the fabric of our historic building the tour contains lots of steps and twists and turns. 216 steps up and down. Very small doorways. Spiral staircases. Narrow passageways. High walkways. No children under 8
More info here

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Chester Cathedral In Lego
Explore cathedral life in miniature and learn all about our 1000 year history as we retell our story, LEGO brick by brick, from the very beginning. The Chester Cathedral in Lego building project will take 350000 individual Lego pieces and transform them into an accurate scale model of the cathedral that will reach almost 4m in length and 2m in height. Members of the public will be able to purchase their own small piece of history in the form of a Lego brick to be included in the model and will be encouraged to learn all about the cathedral’s 1000 year history as the multi-layered story of the building through the ages is retold, brick by brick, from the very beginning. Volunteer bricklayers will work every day of the week to build the model from the foundations up and it is estimated that the project will take up to four years to complete.

Lego Cathedral

Lego Cathedral

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ARK Sculpture Exhibition

ARK Sculpture Exhibition
7 July - 15 October 2017
Chester Cathedral
ARK is the largest free to enter modern sculpture exhibition to be held in the North West of England and features 90 works of art by more than 50 celebrated sculptors including Damien Hirst and Antony Gormley.

ARK is for everyone. For those new to sculpture and for aficionados. For families. For you.

We will also be running an education programme alongside the exhibition. Join us for masterclasses, lectures and workshops for all ages. For more information and booking visit www.chestercathedral.comMap

ARK at Chester Cathedral: Modern art in a medieval space
Launch Of Chester Mystery Plays 2018
Tuesday 3 October 2017
Chester Cathedral Refectory
Anyone interested in becoming involved with Chester's largest community performance project, is invited to attend the launch of the Chester Mystery Plays 2018.

Tickets for the event, at Chester Cathedral refectory on Tuesday, October 3 at 7.30pm, are free but booking is essential via, by telephone 01244 500959 or in person from Chester Cathedral.

Performers, back stage crew and volunteers will have the opportunity to hear excerpts from the new script, written by award-winning playwright and actor Deborah McAndrew, and an overview of the production from artistic director Peter Leslie Wild and composer and musical director Matt Baker.

Peter said: The Chester Mystery Plays is a massive production, led by a professional artistic team, and we will be looking for local community actors, musicians and dancers to join the huge cast as well as people to help out in costume, lighting, make-up, sound, set and prop construction and backstage support.

When I directed the 2013 production, I was overwhelmed by the skill and talent of the people of Chester. I look forward to seeing some news faces, and some old friends, at the launch.

It's open to everyone and I'd like to stress that no previous experience is needed: just enthusiasm and commitment. It's a real opportunity to learn new skills and have some of the best fun you'll ever have.

The event will be hosted by the chairman and directors of the Chester Mystery Plays
Company and the 2018 cycle will be officially launched by the Lord Mayor of Chester Councillor Razia Daniels. Other guests include the vice dean of Chester Cathedral The Reverend Dr Barry Wilson and the President of the Freemen and Guilds of Chester David Starbuck Edwards.

The set for the 2018 production of the Chester Mystery Plays will be designed by Dawn Allsopp with project and stage management by Sam Cheadle. Production manager will be Peter Herbert with costume supervision by Paula Cain

The plays, originally written by Benedictine monks of the Abbey of St Werburgh (now Chester Cathedral) in the 13th and 14th centuries, are produced in the city once every five years. They are based on stories from the Bible, from the Creation to Noah's Flood, through to the Last Judgment.

The Chester Mystery Plays will be performed from June 27-July 14 2018 in the nave of Chester Cathedral. Tickets are on sale now via the website, by telephone 01244 500959 or in person from Chester Cathedral.
Chester Philharmonic

Chester Philharmonic's November Concert
Saturday 18 November 2017
Chester Philharmonic’s November concert completes last season’s theme. On the 18th November at 7.30pm in Chester Cathedral you can hear the last of the“High Five” concert series with a performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. This work’s fourth movement, the well known ‘Adagietto’, featured in Visconti’s film “Death in Venice” is arguably Mahler’s best known music. Our special guest is the international Guitarist Craig Ogden’s in a performance of Ponce’s Concierto del sul which was dedicated to Segovia. You will also hear music by Schreker. Both these early twentieth century contemporaries of Mahler write exquisite and tuneful music and we will be privileged to hear. The conductor is Stephen Threlfall. Tickets priced at £16; £12 and £9 are available from 01244 500959 or via our website.

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