Evensong Celebration gives thanks to Freemasons of Devonshire

A special Evensong was held in Exeter Cathedral recently, led by the Dean of Exeter, the Very Reverend Dr Jonathan Draper, to give thanks to the Freemasons of Devonshire for the nave furniture donated by them over the course of several years.

The dais, altar and lectern were designed by cathedral architect Camilla Finlay and produced some years ago and have now been completed by the recent addition of a font, which were all funded through a generous donation of many thousands of pounds by the Masonic Provincial Grand Lodge of Devonshire.

The picture shows Dr Draper, members...

Discover the Exeter Book

Event Date: 
07/09/2016 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Exeter Cathedral Library and Archive

Your opportunity to experience the oldest book of English literature in existence. Written in about 970AD, the Exeter Book is the oldest of only four surviving books of Anglo-Saxon literature anywhere in the world. Much admired for its beautiful writing and the quality of its verse, this unique book of poetry has been at Exeter Cathedral since Leofric, the first Bishop of Exeter, gave it to his church in around 1072. Within its 246 pages are some 40 poems and nearly 100 poetic riddles.

Earlier this year the Exeter Book was granted UNESCO Memory of the World status, signalling its ‘...

Free tours at Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral is set to offer a limited number of free entry specialist tours as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days.

The tours, which take place at set times between 8th and 11th September 2016, cover a range of topics relating to the Cathedral including stained glass and the historic ‘misericords’ – carved seats which date back to the 13th century.

Some tours also include free admission to the Cathedral for a more general guided tour of the building, video introduction to the Cathedral’s history and free audio tour. Booking is essential – call 01392 285983 (10am-4pm...

TV’s Miranda comes to Exeter for ‘wild’ concert

Miranda Krestovnikoff, presenter of Coast and The One Show, will be welcomed to Exeter on Saturday by Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) for ‘A Concert for Wildlife’ at Exeter Cathedral. Exeter Symphony Orchestra will be performing a programme of popular pieces inspired by nature in a concert to raise funds for DWT’s work to protect Devon’s wildlife and wild places. Miranda said: “As a musician and one who is passionate about wildlife, this evening combines two of the most important aspects of my life and I am delighted to be there with my family to support it.” The concert, on Saturday 16 July at...

Concert: St Peter's Singers

Event Date: 
03/07/2016 - 7:30pm
Exeter Cathedral

Sunday 3rd July 2016 at 19.30 The St Peter’s Singers of Exeter Cathedral (directed by David Davies) perform an evening concert of Choral Works for the Summer for David’s last concert with the choir. Ticket information Tickets £8 and £5 for students/under 18s. Book Online or call the box office on 01392 285983 Book online The St Peter's Singers The St Peter's Singers of Exeter Cathedral is the adult cathedral chamber choir that sings on many occasions to augment the work of the cathedral choirs of girls, boys and professional Lay Vicars and Choral Scholars. Worship is offered every day at...

Amadeus Orchestra 2016

Event Date: 
22/07/2016 - 7:30pm
Exeter Cathedral Green

Back in Exeter Cathedral for their much anticipated annual concert, the Amadeus Orchestra and Raphael Wallfisch bring one of England’s finest cello concertos to Exeter; Finzi’s masterpiece from his final years. Wallfisch has long been a major proponent of his work and has made several recordings of it. Malcolm Forbes- Peckham last played a piano concerto with Amadeus back in 2014 when they performed Mozart’s double and this year he performs Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue as well as the quasi- solo piano part of Stravinksy’s ballet Petrouchka. Philip Mackenzie conducts.

Tickets £18-£35...

The Big LEGO Milestone: 5,000 bricks and counting

Exeter Cathedral is celebrating today after reaching another major milestone in the Big LEGO Build.

The 5,000th brick in the project, which aims to build a scale-model of the Cathedral out of 300,000 pieces of LEGO, has now been laid – just in time for its first outing away from the city centre.

Later this week sections of the model will be on display at the Devon County Show which runs from 19th-21st May 2016.

The Cathedral’s Development Director, Paul Courtney, said: “We’re looking forward to seeing lots of people at the Show and will be bringing plenty of bricks...

EU Referendum discussion in Exeter

In advance of the EU referendum in June, Exeter Cathedral is hosting a discussion evening with former government minister Lord Newbury. The evening event aim to offer a space for in-depth discussion about issues connected with Europe, rather than a question and answer session, said Canon Anna Norman-Walker, who has organised the evening. She said: “Lord Newby will put forward his views on Europe, and discuss how his Christian faith has shaped those views. But he wants to discuss and listen to others, and the evening is intended not as a ‘question time’ but as a chance for people to voice...

BSO: Enigma

Event Date: 
07/05/2016 - 7:30pm
Exeter Cathedral

Kirill Karabits, conductor

Vilde Frang, violin

The BSO under Chief Conductor Kirill Karabits again finishes its season with a visit to the glorious Exeter Cathedral.

A work dazzling in its ingenuity, technical skill and range of expression Enigma Variations was an immediate popular success and transformed Elgar from a moderately successful provincial composer to a national and international figure. Musically, the original theme is remarkable in that it has the same rhythm whether it is played backwards or forwards.

Brahms’ Violin Concerto stands as one of...

Devon vicar's Cathedral marathon

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 04/20/2016 - 10:45am

A Church of England priest in Torquay will run the London Marathon this weekend in aid of Exeter Cathedral.

Mark Searle, who is leads the congregation at St Mary Magdalene Church in the centre of Torquay will attempt the London race on 24th April just one week after setting a new personal best in the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 17th April.

As a teenager Mark used to sit outside Exeter Cathedral pondering faith and talking to others about it. He said:

“In those years the magnificence of the Cathedral provided a reminder of the unshakable glory of God and inspired my...