Journey and Rest, 1122 - 2022: 900 years of Carlisle Priory and Cathedral.
Help us celebrate a year of worship, events, concerts, exhibitions & more!
2022 marks the 900th anniversary of the Church we know and love as Carlisle Cathedral. It was founded by King Henry I as an Augustinian Priory in 1122 and became the Cathedral Church of the newly created Diocese of Carlisle eleven years later.
Through these 900 years the Cathedral has served the City and County – as a house of worship, a beacon of hope and as a place of rest within the restless history of life on the Border. The Cathedral has welcomed and given shelter to visitors, travellers and pilgrims – from the grandest monarch to the humblest wayfarer. A daily pattern of prayer has undergirded everything.
As we emerge from the Coronavirus pandemic, we have prepared a programme of events, activities and engagement which allow many people, in a multitude of ways, to be part of this continuing pattern of journey and rest.
Help us celebrate a year of worship, events, concerts, exhibitions & more
As it has been for the past 900 years worship will be at the heart of anniversary year.
On Trinity Sunday we are delighted that the Archbishop of York, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Stephen Cottrell, will be our preacher.
Stephen Cottrell is the 98th Archbishop of York. He has previously served as the Bishop of Chelmsford, Bishop of Reading, Canon Pastor at Peterborough Cathedral and Diocesan Missioner for the Diocese of Wakefield, and he served in parishes in South London and Chichester.
A well-known writer and speaker on evangelism, his latest book, Dear England, is published in March and addresses issues about how the Christian faith can shape the life of our nation.
This service will be followed by a drinks reception.
WHEN: Sunday 12 June at 10.30am
PALM SUNDAY DEVOTION
Our journey through Holy Week and Easter will begin on Palm Sunday with an evening devotion. John Stainer’s much loved The Crucifixion will be sung by the Cathedral Choir.
WHEN: Sunday 10 April at 6.30pm
AUGUSTINIAN QUIET DAY
As we reflect on our Augustinian heritage there is an opportunity to spend a day at the Cathedral being guided by Bernard Rolls, a member of the Augustinian Order in England, on the rich spiritual inheritance of the Augustinian tradition. The day will include input from Bernard Rolls, periods of worship and space for personal reflection.
WHEN: Saturday 7 May at 10.00am-3.30pm
WHERE: Fratry Hall
ENTRY: £15 including light lunch and refreshments
We will celebrate the original foundation of the Augustinian Priory on this site at a service of Sung Vespers. We will welcome visitors from the Augustinian Order in England today as well as representatives of other foundations with Augustinian roots from the North West. We are delighted to welcome a guest preacher to lead this service.
WHEN: Sunday 20 November at 3.00pm
MELVYN BRAGG – THE JOURNEY TO ENGLISH
Acclaimed author and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, Lord Bragg of Wigton, will explore the way in which William Tyndale’s revolutionary translation of the Bible, which led to the King James version, helped form the patterns of modern English we use today.
Before the lecture, which will begin at 7.30pm, there will be a service of Choral Evensong which will be infused with the language of the King James Bible.
It will also be possible to purchase tickets for a pre-lecture drinks reception in the Fratry Hall where books from our historic collections influenced by Tyndale’s work will be on display.
WHEN: Friday 18 March
Choral Evensong 5.45pm
Drinks Reception 6.30pm
WHERE: Cathedral and Fratry Hall
ENTRY: Choral Evensong FREE
Drinks Reception and Lecture £25
Lecture only £10/£15, 16-18yrs £5, Under 16s Free
PAUL RABBITTS’ CARLISLE IN 50 BUILDINGS BOOK LAUNCH
Author and historian Paul Rabbitts joins us for a fascinating talk on the often-overlooked architecture of Carlisle’s historic buildings, to celebrate the publication of his latest book, Carlisle in 50 Buildings. This engaging and accessible portrait of the city’s rich history and its architectural heritage will appeal to residents and visitors alike.
Published by Amberley Books in January, Carlisle in 50 Buildings will be available to purchase on the night of the event, and Paul will be signing copies. This event takes place in one of Carlisle’s most historic buildings: the Fratry Hall at Carlisle Cathedral.
WHEN: Saturday 5 March at 7.00pm
WHERE: Fratry Hall
TICKETS: Adults £10.00, 16-18yrs £5, Under 16s Free
Includes welcome glass of Prosecco or juice
FERGUS BUTLER-GALLIE, ‘STRANGE PILGRIMAGE: A JOURNEY THROUGH ENGLAND’S STRANGEST CHURCHES’
The self-styled writer, clergyman and fool Fergus Butler-Gallie, author of A Field Guide to the English Clergy (book of the year in The Times and BBC History Magazine) will give us a personal, light-hearted and enlightening journey through England, stopping off at churches with eccentric or interesting tales, characters and histories attached to them, finishing off, of course, in Cumbria. This event will also offer the opportunity to join and learn more about the work of the Friends of Carlisle Cathedral. All tickets include a light buffet from 6.30pm.
WHEN: Friday 24 June
Choral Evensong 5.45pm,
WHERE: Fratry Hall
ENTRY: Choral Evensong FREE,
Buffet and Talk £20, 16-18yrs £10, Under 16s £5
SPECIAL DEAL: Add Friends
Membership for only £10 – HALF PRICE!
MAX ADAMS, ACROSS THE SEA AND ALONG THE WALL
To coincide with the 900th Anniversary of the Cathedral and the 1900th Anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall, author and archaeologist Max Adams – author of The King in the North, The Land of the Giants, and The First Kingdom: Britain in the age of Arthur – will explore the way in which Carlisle went from being on the edge of an empire to the centre of journeys of faith and knowledge in the years after the fall of the Roman Empire.
WHEN: Saturday 10 September at 6.00pm
WHERE: Fratry Hall
ENTRY: Adults £10, 16-18yrs £5, Under 16s Free
BORDERLINES BOOK FESTIVAL
A highlight of the city’s cultural landscape, the Borderlines Book Festival returns in October. We are delighted to be a Festival Partner for this year’s festival.
WHEN: Friday 7 – Sunday 9 October
For more information see the Borderlines
website on www.borderlinescarlisle.co.uk
Using the newly refurbished Fratry Hall, Cathedral and Cathedral precinct we are excited to bring a series of important exhibitions to the Cathedral for our anniversary year.
THE ENGLISH CATHEDRAL
Prompted by a commission from the Royal Mail the renowned photographer Peter Marlow (1952-2016) was inspired to go on pilgrimage and capture all 42 cathedrals of the Church of England using only natural light. This formed an ethereal collection of images, comparing and contrasting the architectural nuances of English Cathedrals.
WHEN: 29 January – 27 February
JOURNEY & REST
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH UNIVERSITY OF CUMBRIA Through the first half of 2022 we have invited students from the Institute of Arts at the University of Cumbria to explore the theme of Journey and Rest through the Cathedral’s heritage. In May we will be welcoming the fruits of this collaboration into the Fratry Hall and Undercroft.
WHEN: 11 May – 15 May
WHERE: Fratry Hall and Undercroft
CARLISLE AND CUMBRIA ARTISTS SUMMER FRATRY EXHIBITION
For over fifty years the summer has not been the summer at the Cathedral without the Carlisle and Cumbria Artists Summer Fratry Exhibition. We are delighted to welcome them back again as part of our anniversary year.
WHEN: 6 August – 21 August
WHERE: Fratry Hall
PRISM ARTS EXHIBITION
Harvey Tye is an artist based in Carlisle working with Prism Arts. He has exhibited his work in many galleries and public spaces including Tullie House and more recently online in lockdown as part of the Travelling Stories project with Buxton Museum. “I draw a lot and like to draw patterns. I find it very relaxing and that it helps relieve my anxieties.” Harvey’s work is both striking and sensitive. His instinctive use of colour and line with a particular attention to detail has inspired stories and graphic design at Prism Arts and brings Harvey’s imagination to life in this new exhibition at the Fratry.
WHEN: 17 October – 29 October
PRAYING TWICE A SEASON CELEBRATING MUSIC
Music has been at the heart of the life of worship of the Cathedral through its 900 year history. From the chanted prayers of those first Augustinian Canons to the show-tunes sung with gusto by the children of our musical Outreach programme.
From Tuesday 5 July to Sunday 10 July we will be holding a “season within a season” as we celebrate and give thanks for the musical life of the Cathedral and remembering through it Augustine’s great dictum that to sing is to pray twice.
SCHOOLS’ OUTREACH CONCERT
With our Cantate Children’s Choir and the children from schools across the local area, come and enjoy toe-tapping show tunes, folk songs, and modern pop led with characteristic brio by our Assistant Organist Edward Taylor.
WHEN: Tuesday 5 July at 6.30pm
ENTRY: £5 / Under-18s £2
SUMER IS ICUMEN IN – An Evening of Music with the Cathedral Lay Clerks
Join us in the Fratry Hall for an informal evening of music, both sacred and light-hearted, with the Cathedral Lay Clerks, including a light buffet.
WHEN: Wednesday 6 July at 6.30pm
WHERE: Fratry Hall
ENTRY: £20 / 16-18yrs £5 / Under-16s Free – all tickets include a light buffet
THE SIXTEEN CHORAL PILGRIMAGE: AN OLD BELIEF
Hubert Parry’s Songs of Farewell must surely rank among some of the finest choral works ever written. Deeply affected by the First World War, Parry sought poetry that would reflect not only peace and unity and the search for a better world, but also an escape from the horrors of war. The poems Parry chose to set are sublime, be they metaphysical poetry by John Donne and Henry Vaughan or the aching beauty of Thomas Campion’s verse. Perfectly complimenting the rich sonority of Parry’s Songs are three short pieces by Campion, a selection of medieval carols and a new work by Cecilia McDowall.
WHEN: Friday 8 July at 7.30pm
ENTRY: £15 – £25
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HADRIAN’S WALL CHORAL FESTIVAL
Sponsored by Armstrong Watson
After an enforced break of two years we are delighted to host the choirs of Hexham Abbey and Newcastle Cathedral to join with our own Cathedral Choirs in celebrating the musical life of these great churches joined in fellowship along Hadrian’s Wall.
WHEN: Saturday 9 July at 7pm
ENTRY: £15 / 16-18yrs £5 / Under-16 Free
FROM PUB TO PULPIT
To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams we will celebrate in music the journey his music helps us take from the folk music of the local pub to the well-loved hymns of our worship. Led by folk musicians and our Cathedral Choir you will be invited to join in as we trace this fascinating and vibrant musical journey. There will also be a pre-concert talk and drinks reception in the Fratry Hall to meet the artists and hear more about this history. Sponsored by Dynamic IT.
WHEN: Thursday 20 October – Talk at 6.30pm, Concert at 7.30pm
WHERE: Fratry Hall and Cathedral
ENTRY: Pre-concert Talk and Concert £15 / Concert only £10 / 16-18yrs £5 / Under-16s Free
CHRISTMAS GALA CONCERT
Our year of celebration draws to a close as our Cathedral Choirs bring us into the festive spirit with a concert of carols for all.
WHEN: Friday 16 December at 7.30pm
ENTRY: Adults £10 / 16-18yrs £5 / Under-16s Free
CARLISLE MUSIC SOCIETY CONCERT SERIES
Carlisle Music Society has made its new home in the Fratry Hall and we are delighted to be hosting a series of their concerts during our anniversary year. All concerts begin at 7.30pm.
Thursday 17 February: Fitzroy Quartet
Thursday 3 March: Reiko Fujisawa
Thursday 7 April: Manu Brazo and Prajna Indrawati
Thursday 22 September: Martin Roscoe
Thursday 3 November: The Mithras Trio
Thursday 17 November: Meerah Maharaj and Dominic Degavino
REST UNDER THE STARS
The last two years have been a time of enormous challenge for everyone. Through the summer we would like to invite everyone to rest from this weariness and enjoy the wonder of the stars of our Cathedral roof. Working with local arts charity Prism Arts we will transform the Cathedral Well into a place of rest and relaxation. So why not kick back, take a load off, and rest under the stars for a time.
WHEN: Summer 2022
ENTRY: Free, booking may be required – please see Cathedral website for details.
The Cathedral has a strong relationship with the schools served by the Diocese of Carlisle Board of Education. This has traditionally come together in June when we welcome school leavers to a service of thanksgiving at the Cathedral. Through the first half of the year we will be working with the church schools of the county to build a unique Labyrinth representing all the communities that the schools serve. This will be installed in the Fratry for two weeks as a focus of visits for church and community schools, as well as other visitors, before setting off on a tour of Cumbria.
We will be running special workshops for schools during this time. Check the Learning webpages for details.
WHEN: Monday 6 June – Friday 17 June
WHERE: Fratry Hall
On several Sunday mornings we will welcome back as visiting preachers some who have served as members of the Cathedral Chapter.
6 February – The Revd Canon Dr David Weston
27 February – The Venerable Dr Colin Hill
13 March – The Venerable Kevin Roberts
22 May – The Revd Canon Jan Kearton
19 June – The Revd Canon Brian McConnell
26 June – The Rt Revd Dr David Thomson
10 July – The Venerable Dr David Jenkins
11 September – The Rt Revd Graeme Knowles
Sunday at 10.30am on the above dates
FEBRUARY HALF TERM
Tuesday 15th February- Clay Pilgrim Badges 10:00-11:00, £4-12
Wednesday 16th February- Labyrinth Mosaics 10:00-11:00, £3
Thursday 17th February- Free Family Activities Drop-in 10:00-12:30, Free
We will be running family activities throughout all school holidays, find out more about our family offer on our Family page.
We are delighted to be sharing the journey of this anniversary year with partners from across the life of the City, County, and Diocese who are supporting us in the delivery of this exciting programme. It is a pleasure to work with commercial partners named in this brochure, especially with Hayward Tod who are our principal partners for the whole year.
Together with them we are hugely grateful for the ongoing generosity and support of the Friends of Carlisle Cathedral.
See below for some of our frequently asked questions.
Journey & Rest: 900 Years