Midnight Mass and Carol Services 2014As many of you will know, Rochester Cathedral has benefitted from a major Heritage Lottery Fund Grant that is enabling us to undertake substantial work to the fabric and to improve access for all.
This work will continue through to 2015 and will, inevitably, reduce the usable space in the Cathedral while it is going on.
For this reason, we have decided that entry to Midnight Mass will be by ticket only as we will have to restrict numbers for this year only and we do not want people to queue in the cold, only to find that there is no space. Tickets will be offered first to regular congregation members and then on a first come first served basis. Tickets will be available at the beginning of December. There is no charge for tickets.
Watch this space for news on the Carol services.
English Touring Opera Concert
Soloists from English Touring Opera and period players from the Old Street Band join forces with Rochester Cathedral Choir for this special concert of Bach's Advent Cantatas.
Since Advent was observed as quiet time in Lutheran Germany, Bach composed a small number of extraordinary cantatas for the four Sundays preceding Christmas. This concert includes contrasting and powerful settings of Martin Luther's great chorale ‘Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland’, the joyful ‘Herz und Munt und Tat und Leben’ (‘Heart, mouth, deed and life’) and the melancholy 'Ärgre dich, O Seele, nicht'.
Tickets are available by calling 01634 338338 or at Www.medwayticketslive.co.uk
For more information see Http://englishtouringopera.org.uk/productions/advent-cantatas
Tickets: £10 to £20 (£5 off for family and friends of Rochester Cathedral Choir).
Moment to Moment an exhibition by Randy KleinAugust 3rd saw the exhibition launch of American born scultor Randy Klein's work Moment to Moment. This is a collection of more than 100 small sculptures which together make up a single narrative like a series of stills from a film clip. Each piece is an intimate, stand-alone moment in a life. However, it is when viewed as a whole that the full impact of this enormous artwork is revealed.
Klein’s work has long been about ways in which art can indicate a higher need within us, one which transcends the fleeting world of 'things'. By placing Moment to Moment within the physical and spiritual context of a cathedral, visitors are viewing it in an environment that is conducive to contemplating life’s big questions. The cathedral setting invites visitors to make personal interpretations and also engage with the work’s central theme - an Everyman’s journey from the quotidian to the eternal. A tale of transcendence.
“You often hear it said that 'museums of art are our new churches' but in practice art museums often abdicate much of their potential. Hence the all-too-frequent question with which we leave the modern museum of art: what did that mean? Visual art in my view should be more than beauty for its own sake. In spite of its physical form, it should transcend this physicality and enrich the soul.” Randy Klein
BBC South East Today recently filmed a piece on the exhibition which was broadcast on 8th August 2013.
The exhibition runs from 3rd to 26th August and is open daily 9am to 5pm. Free entry.
For more information on the artist, please visit www.facebook.com/randykleinart
We must not let this place fall silent.
Music is our single largest expense but we cannot sustain or develop it further if we don't take action now. It costs £220,000 each year to ensure the continuity of Rochester's choral tradition, so we have established a Music Endowment to ensure that music will continue to ring out from within these walls far into the future.