Five Things for February

31 January 2018

Laurence Blyth has selected a few events in February 2018 from the Cathedral’s What’s On guide.

Pictured: Raphael Wallfisch (“Inherit the Truth” – 1st February 2018 in the Nave)

Listen to live music

Internationally-renowned cellist Raphael Wallfisch (accompanied by John York) performs in the Nave on 1st February at 7pm. His mother, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, will also be speaking about how art can survive the worst of human atrocities (she is one of the few surviving members of the Women’s Orchestra in Auschwitz). A few tickets are still available for this special even – book now.

If you miss out on the concert then why not think about dropping in for Choral Evensong, which is sung (on most days during term time) by the Cathedral Choir?
Find out when services are taking place.

Mark the beginning of Lent

For Christians, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the penitential season of Lent. Since the middle ages it has been the custom to be marked in ash (an ancient symbol of penitence) with the sign of the cross. This year the Cathedral Consort will lead the Solemn Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes at 17.30 on 14th February, with glorious music including William Byrd’s “Mass for Four Voices” and Gregorio Allegri’s “Miserere mei Deus” with its soaring high notes for the solo soprano.

Bring the kids for a Half Term workshop

Schools in Devon and around the UK take a break in the middle of February, and the Cathedral will once again be offering activities and workshops for children and their families. Book a place at one of our workshops (Mod-Rock Modelling on 14th February and Willow Lantern Making on 15th February) or drop-in for Cathedral Crafts on 12th February.

A night at the theatre

After a very successful run in York as part of the city’s Festival Of Ideas, Riding Lights Theatre Company is bringing their touring production “Faith in the Questions” to Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 24th February. The free event includes a one-act play, Counting the Clouds, which is followed by a lively panel discussion with leading scientists looking at the many questions surrounding science and faith. While the company’s roots are in a Christian ethos, their work is open to everyone, and they use faith as a springboard to explore all aspects of life. Book your FREE tickets now.

Listen to a short talk

February sees the launch of our “Something to talk about” series – a selection of short talks and lectures for adults. Find out about paper conservation from Deborah Phillips from the Devon Archives and Local Studies Service (22nd February) or listen to Ian Morter (former Canon Pastor and Treasurer at Exeter Cathedral) explain the purpose and uses of religious vestments. Tickets from £5.

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