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
Photos of Chester Cathedral
Imago Mundi – Symbolism In Medieval World Maps
Thursday 12 March 2020
A lecture by Professor Philip Alexander
Geographers have long realised that we all carry in our heads mental maps of the world, which influence to a surprising degree the way we live in it. This illustrated talk will explore the mental maps of medieval Christians through the great medieval Christian world maps, particularly the one which the Benedictine scholar, Ranulf Higden, of St Werburgh’s Abbey Chester, included in his famous 14th-century world chronicle, the Polychronicon. Come prepared to think your way imaginatively into a very different worldview from our own – a worldview which persisted basically unchanged from antiquity.
This talk is presented as part of Journeys – join us during 2020 as we explore the many aspects of life’s inner and outer journeys through a series of fun and entertaining, family-friendly, thought provoking events and activities.
Doors open: 6.30pm for 7pm start.
Tickets £10 (Students and RGS members £5)
CMS Choir Presents Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis
Saturday 21 March 2020
Chester Music Society Choir presents Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis
Erika Mädi Jones soprano
Jeanette Ager mezzo soprano
Matthew Minter tenor
Alan Fairs bass
Chester Music Society Choir
Liverpool Sinfonia conducted by Graham Jordan Ellis
The dramatic Missa Solemnis is one of the Beethoven’s supreme achievements, thought to be one of the most significant Mass settings. He dedicated the work to his great friend Archduke Rudolph “From the heart – may it return to the heart.”
The two moments which set it apart from the usual Mass are the solo violin throughout the Benedictus, hovering above the orchestra in a way that turns the movement almost into a mini-concerto; and the sounds of war which Beethoven inserts into the prayer for divine peace in the Dona, trumpets and timpani playing for all they are worth.
Tickets £15 and £20 (Full time students, under 18s & carer with registered disabled person free)
Chester Philharmonic Orchestra - April Concert
Saturday 25 April 2020
Concert for St George's Day
Brahms Tragic Overture
Bartok Viola Concerto
Elgar Symphony No 1
One cannot discuss Brahms’ Tragic Overture without mentioning his Academic Festival Overture. Both were written at the same time and their first performances within days of each other with the Tragic Overture being performed at the same concert as the Academic Overture. This caused quite a stir because the Tragic is very solemn whilst the Academic is light hearted. The Tragic Overture is non programmatic and does not represent any specific tragedy. It has been postulated that Brahms wanted to compose an overture to Goethe’s Faust, but Brahms himself wrote to a friend , “I could not refuse my melancholy nature the satisfaction of composing an overture to a tragedy”.
Bartok’s Viola Concerto wasn’t actually composed in its present form by Bartok. He died leaving a pile of manuscripts and sketches on unnumbered pages which his friend Tibor Serly arranged into order and then orchestrated to parts. This evening, the concerto will be performed by Duncan Anderson a young man who is a physics and music graduate and is well known to the orchestra. He first performed with us in 2009 and his parents have been members of the Chester Philharmonic for many years with his father Robert often leading and his mother Diana a member of the woodwind section.
Elgar completed only two symphonies both composed when he was over 50. Initially he thought of composing a symphony to commemorate General Gordon but eventually decided that as abstract music was the pinnacle of musical achievement, it should be non programmatic . The first rehearsal for its first performance at the Free Trade Hall Manchester in 1908 produced this comment from Hans Richter its conductor to the orchestra, “Gentlemen, let us now rehearse the greatest symphony of modern times, written by the greatest modern composer – and not only in this country.”
Conductor - Stephen Threlfall
Duncan Anderson Viola
The Diversity Ball - Chester Cathedral
Friday 22 May 2020
Chester a city of walls without barriers
The event will be the first annual Diversity Ball, of its type, in the UK. It will be held in all the areas of Chester cathedral in the evening of 22 May 2020 with a potential attendance of 1,400 guests.
The Ball is different to the normal concept of a Ball as it will be inclusive and reach out and welcome ALL the communities of Chester, ethnic, religious, ability/disability, sexual orientation etc It will celebrate our differences as equals.
The Diversity Ball will include a diversity fashion show, singing in sign language, orchestras, bands, DJs
The Chester Diversity Ball will create a culture of diversity, in which we are as different as we are similar. In an exciting evening, we will set a new standard for the openness of our society, for tolerance, inclusiveness, accessibility and mutual respect.
Register now on the Diversity Ball website diversityball.co.uk