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Songs of Praise is coming to Manchester Cathedral!

Manchester Cathedral is hosting two special programmes this Easter. The first is a live broadcast on BBC One of Eucharist for Easter Sunday on 5 April; the second is a recording for the ever-popular programme, Songs of Praise, on Easter Monday, 6 April.

Published: 16 February 2015

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A Valentine's Day Service

A Valentine's Day Service

On Saturday 14 February at 7pm, there will be a short celebration with an opportunity for Valentines to reaffirm their commitment in love to each other. Couples are invited to come along and offer their relationship anew to God before they go out and enjoy the rest of their evening together.

Published: 13 February 2015

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Natural Stone Awards 2014

Natural Stone Awards 2014

Manchester Cathedral’s underfloor heating project was highly commended in the Interiors section of the Stone Federation Natural Stone Awards 2014. The judges commended the imaginative use of the contrasting stones, all taken from the same quarry, alongside the technical challenges of the job i.e. archaeology, grade 1 listed building, full underfloor heating, and the very tight timescale.

The event saw hundreds of architects, designers, clients, contractors and natural stone professionals gather to celebrate the best and brightest natural stone projects and the teams behind them.

Published: 10 February 2015

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Geoffrey Woollatt appointed as Sub-Organist

Geoffrey Woollatt appointed as Sub-Organist

We are pleased to announce that Geoffrey Woollatt has been appointed as our new Sub-Organist and will be joining us from 1 March 2015.

Geoffrey began his musical career as a chorister at Southwell Minster. During his time in the choir he enjoyed touring with them to Italy, Sweden and Paris.

Subsequently he attended Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, where he continued his Organ Studies with Christopher Stokes. In January 2007, Geoffrey was appointed as Junior Organ Scholar at Manchester Cathedral, a post which he held for eighteen months.

Published: 06 February 2015

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500 pairs of socks donated in Canon Wray's sock appeal

We would like to thank everyone for their kind donations in our Canon Wray sock appeal. The socks have been counted and we are pleased to announce that we received 500 pairs. The Booth Centre will give the socks those in need and with the cold weather we are sure they will be much appreciated.

The sock appeal wouldn’t have been the success it was without the generosity of clergy, staff, congregation members and visitors. It has been a wonderful way to honour the legacy of Canon Wray and one which we hope will become an annual event.

Published: 05 February 2015

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Citizens’ Parliament Conversations

Date: 09 February 2015 (5.30pm to 8pm)

To prepare for the General Election in May, the Cathedral will be hosting two events called Citizens’ Parliament Conversations on 9 February and 16 March, 5.30pm to 8.00pm. The first evening will invite participants to discuss what matters most for Manchester, and the second evening will offer ‘political speed dating’ in which representatives of the five main political parties will join us to discuss these priorities in small groups. While the topics are serious, we aim for two relaxed and enjoyable evenings. Both events begin with drinks and light refreshments and will be compered by BBC Radio Manchester’s Mike Shaft. Registration is required, but there is no charge for participants. If you would like to attend please speak to David Holgate.

Published: 29 January 2015

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Choristerships at Manchester Cathedral

Choristerships at Manchester Cathedral


Manchester Cathedral Choir has places available for Choristers, both day and boarding. The Choristers themselves tell us that “being a chorister is hard work but very rewarding; it’s an amazing experience and you learn a lot from it. You get to sing lots of beautiful music and we enjoy being able to do the thing that we love so often. It feels like we are one big family because we spend so much time together”.

Auditions are held throughout the year and applications are welcomed from anyone between the ages of 7 and 10. For an informal chat, to find out more or to arrange a preliminary informal audition, please contact the Organist and Master of the Choristers: 0161 833 2220 ext. 225.

Published: 29 January 2015

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Hate Crime Awareness Week Event 2015

Hate Crime Awareness Week Event 2015

On Monday 26 January 2015 the Challenging Hate Forum (CHF) hosted its third annual public event in aid of Hate Crime Awareness Week. Following on from the previous year’s themed event: ‘Food Brings Communities Together’ the CHF invited members of the public to ‘Afternoon Tea’ at Manchester Cathedral.

This gathering provided an opportunity for people from different faiths and cultures to mingle in a safe and relaxed atmosphere and to enjoy food and fellowship.

Click here to view photographs from the event.

Published: 27 January 2015

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Cathedral Quiz Night tickets on sale!

Cathedral Quiz Night tickets on sale!

A Quiz Night, hosted in the Nave of Manchester Cathedral by members of Manchester Cathedral and Manchester Arndale, in aid of the Cathedral’s Lighting Fund

Tickets: £8.50
There will be a raffle and a cash bar on the night

Tickets available from:

Cathedral Office: 0161 883 2220 (Card or Cash)

Published: 27 January 2015

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Canon Wray's sock appeal extended until the end of January!

Canon Wray's sock appeal extended until the end of January!

The temperatures have dropped so we have decided to continue collecting socks for the homeless people in Manchester.

Drop off in the sock box every day up to and including 31 January.

At this time of year as the night time temperatures are plummeting Manchester Cathedral is looking to the legacy of one of their great historic characters, Canon Wray, to support the Booth Centre in their work with people finding themselves cold and homeless on the streets of Manchester in the New Year.

Canon Cecil Wray was a very popular, if slightly eccentric, priest who died in 1866 after serving in this church for 56 years. He was a contemporary of Joshua Brookes, and a rival to the claim of being the most prolific baptiser and ‘marrier’ in English history. Records show that he presided over 33,211 christenings, 13,196 marriages and 9996 funerals as a result of the massive growth in population during the Industrial Revolution.

Published: 12 January 2015

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