2015 Fundraising Concerts
The First one is The Rochester Cathedral Memorial Concert taking place with the kind permission of Lord & Lady De L’Isle at Penhurst Place on Sunday 31st May 2015. We can offer such a full programme starting at 5pm with entry via the private entrance and an opportunity to walk around the beautiful summer gardens (it is “Glorious Gardens Week”). Then enjoy your “bring your own” picnic in the grounds at the front of the house before attending a concert in the majestic Baron’s Hall. We are very grateful to Christopher Thornton, who has arranged this concert in memory of music lovers now departed. Ticket price also includes wine and soft drinks during the interval.
Performers are The Medway String Quartet, The Royal Tunbridge Wells Orpheus Male Voice Choir and the Choral Scholars from Rochester Cathedral. Ticket price is £45 with Senior Concessions at £40.
The second is another fabulous concert with James Taylor and his Quartet. 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 is being performed for the first time in The Queen Elizabeth Hall in London in April, but will also be performed again here. Tickets £20.
The third concert this year is a very special “Land of Hope and Glory” concert, hosted by Cheryl Baker on Friday 16th October. Performing will be The Kent Sinfonia Orchestra, a 45 piece orchestra of international acclaim; The Ruby Chorus Choir are a 40 piece choir based in Tenterden consisting of a mixture of professional and amateur singers who perform to very high standards under the musical direction of Ms Maxine Wilson; Faryl Smith, a British teen mezzo-soprano who rose to fame after appearing on the second series of the talent show Britain's Got Talent in 2008; the tenor Jonathan Ansell, one of the UK’s most admired young tenors. He has sold over 2 million albums and shot to fame on the first ever series of The X Factor in 2004 where he was part of pop-opera group G4, came second and went on to top the charts with 3 albums and four sell out tours. Jonathan has gone on to release three solo albums; Katie Marshall is 14 years old and at a very young age showed a talent for singing classical music. She has been having classical singing lessons since she was 6 years old and her voice coach is the opera singer Julie Unwin. Our host for the evening will be Cheryl Baker, famously a member of Bucks Fizz. This promises to be an amazing evening so do come along and join us for excellent entertainment and some flag waving! This concert is being co presented by Abigail’s Footsteps, a local charity set up by David and Jo Ward after the tragic still birth of their daughter Abigail. The profit from the nights show will be shared between Abigail’s Footsteps who are fundraising for a bereavement suite at Medway Hospital and The Rochester Cathedral Music Endowment.
Our final fund raising concert for the year will be the annual “Messiah and Carols for All” on Tuesday 8th December. This will be yet another opportunity to listen to this outstanding piece of music and listen to our own Rochester Cathedral Choir treat us to some fun carol singing. More details about this will follow later in the year.
Wow! What a year! Please contact the Development Office for further information and ticket pricing and availability.
Hidden Treasures Fresh Expressions Project
Click this link for a copy of the HTFE Project Brochure
Click this link to access the video on our recent Archeaological tours https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9JX8nUAfWs&feature=youtu.be
Hidden Treasures, Fresh Expressions (HTFE) is a project that focuses on the Crypt, Library and the 'hidden collections' in the Cathedral's ownership. At the very heart of the project is the creation of a secure exhibition space within the medieval crypt for the display of the collections; a wealth of texts, books, documents, charters, stonework, embroidery, plate, paintings and historical artifacts. The library will also be repaired and renovated to house our remarkable collection more appropriately and enable us to make this part of the collection more accessible.
In February 2013 it was announced that we have been awarded £3.55million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). It was the very welcome final piece of the funding jigsaw and would not have been possible without the generosity of other funders including Colyer-Fergusson, Friends of Rochester Cathedral, Rochester Bridge Trust, Garfield Weston, Wolfson, Headley Trust, Esmee Fairbairn who between them have committed over £1million to the project.
However since this award, the delay in sending the tenders out for the main building works resulted in all tender submissions coming in over budget. This gave the Project a bit of a set back but following further submissions to the Heritage Lottery Fund and to the World War 1 Centenary Cathedrals Repair Fund, additional funds have been secured to ensure that this project can now be delivered in full.
It will therefore be very challenging as we embark on a programme of construction works to undertake the necessary repairs and modifications to deliver our project. The works commenced in Summer 2014 expected to take just over one year. Whilst some areas will be closed during the works we will continue to be open to visitors and services will continue as normal albeit mostly in the Nave.
Further Information will be posted on the website and we hope you will follow our progress as we look forward to the future.
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.
MBE for Chairman Mike AikenRochester Cathedral Trust congratulate our chairman Michael P Aiken on being awarded an MBE in her Majesty the Queen's birthday honours this year. This has been awarded for services to National Heritage.
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