James Taylor Quartet Concert 2015
We are delighted that this seems to be turning into an annual event! So those Jazz funk fans, please do put this in the diary. Last year the cathedral was packed and people were dancing in the aisles! James lives in Rochester and holds the cathedral very close to his heart and has written a very special Mass for our Choir which was performed for the first time in The Queen Elizabeth Hall in London in April, but will also be performed again here. Tickets £20 available from email@example.com or telephone 01634 810074/843366
The Great BibleLeafing Through Our Library
The Great Bible : The Gospel According to Henry VIII
An Introduction to the Great Bible.
The first authorized vernacular Bible was printed in early 1539 and due to its tremendous heft the book became known as the Great Bible. To this day it stands as a milestone of the English Reformation.
Article Author: Stuart Palmer, Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Kent
Editor: Dr Jayne Wackett, University of Kent
Please Click the link above the image for the full Article
Rochester Vinegar Bible Conservation Update*As printer to King George II and to the University of Oxford between 1711 and his death in 1742, John Baskett was responsible for printing many fine books. However his name is remembered above all for his 1717 imprint of the Holy Bible. This particular edition, which contains many neo-classical engravings by James Thornhill and Michael van der Gucht, could have been one of the highlights of Baskett's career. Instead so many printing mistakes were made that people referred to his Bible as a "Baskett-ful of errors." One of the most famous misprints occured in the page heading in Luke 20:9, where "The Parable of the Vineyard" became "The Parable of the Vinegar", hence the nickname of 'Vinegar Bible.'
Lara Meredith Book & Archive Conservator has been hard at work on the Rochester Vinegar Bible.
This Book is very fragile and requires a great deal of time and skill to preserve it for future generations.
Lara recently updated Acting Dean Philip Hesketh about the project
" The supporting work to the text block is progressing well but a little slower than predicted. I am only able to work on a few pages at a time to allow the adhesive to dry. Usually a leaf in a book will be pressed between blotters to dry to allow one to work on the next leaves. When the first leaves dry the blotters are removed and one continues through the book without having to wait too long between bouts of work. The historical damage to the Vinegar Bible is being retained and drying under blotters in this way would crush the leaves too much. All but approximately 20 pages needed some form of tissue support like this.
I hope that these illustrate the supporting and consolidating ethic of this project. Retaining as much of the original as possible, including the damage that the bible has sustained over its life, whilst minimising its deterioration"
The Stages of the Process
A Large Fragment
The Location of the Fragment is verified
Verso of the Fragment
Close up of the supporting Tissue
Fragment Reattachment Complete.
This project, for the conservation of the Vinegar Bible, has been made possible by a generous grant from the Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund. More Info Here
*Source of Information "On Seb's Steps"
Penshurst Place : Memorial ConcertTickets are still available for a very special summer evening Memorial Concert taking place at Penshurst Place on Sunday 31st May. Enjoy a walk in the beautiful gardens (it's Glorious Gardens week) from 5pm then enjoy a "bring your own" picnic in the grounds at the front of the house, followed by a concert at 7.30pm in the majestic Barons Hall. The Medway String Quartet, The Royal Tunbridge Wells Orpheus Male Voice Choir and our own Rochester Cathedral Choral Scholars will be performing. Tickets £45 (senior concession £40) available from Garth House on 01634 810074 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Funds raised will go towards the Rochester Cathedral Music Endowment
Our very grateful thanks to Christopher Thornton for arranging the concert and Lord and Lady De L'Isle for the use of a wonderful venue.
Choral Scholarships for academic year 2015/2016
Please click here for further information: Choral Scholarships 2015/2016
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