Highlight talks and tours
Pop in and join a short talk / tour highlighting features of the Cathedral by experienced Cathedral guides.
Kent Big Weekend Exhibition entry
We look forward to welcoming this year's lucky ticket holders for free entry into our Crypt exhibition. For further information please see https://www.kentbigweekend.co.uk/
Kent Big Weekend Guided Tour
We look forward to welcoming this year's lucky ticket holders for a tour with one of our experienced guides. For further information see https://www.kentbigweekend.co.uk/
Kent Big Weekend Guided Tour
We look forward to welcoming this year's lucky ticket winners for a tour with an experienced Cathedral Guide. For further information please see https://www.kentbigweekend.co.uk/
Gravesham Choral Society Concert
Gravesham Choral Society & OrchestraMendelssohn: Elijah
Helen Lacey & Elizabeth Britton – sopranos
Tabitha Reynolds – mezzo-soprano, Edward Hughes – tenor
Rodney Earl Clarke – bass-baritone
Conductor – Alan Vincent
One hundred and eighty years ago Felix Mendelssohn began to plan an oratorio on the subject of Elijah. In 1845 the Birmingham Festival Committee commissioned him to 'provide a new oratorio'. Elijah fitted the bill perfectly, and its first performance was at Birmingham Town Hall in August 1846 conducted by the composer. The Times wrote 'Never was there a more complete triumph'. Its immense popularity with the Victorians was only exceeded by that of Messiah. Mendelssohn regarded Elijah as his finest achievement and its appeal has remained constant with choirs and audiences to this day.
Deeply conservative, Mendelssohn reacted against the musical radicalism of Wagner and Berlioz in bringing forth a work that would espouse the moral and musical authority of the eighteenth-century masters. Although Elijah is packed with musical invention, and superbly written for voices and instruments, Mendelssohn employed familiar musical styles and methods immediately appealing to the concert-going public, royalty included, with whom he was already tremendously popular.
Mendelssohn first set a German text of the episodes relating to Elijah from Kings I and II together with other quotations mostly from the Old Testament. He supervised the English translation in great detail to ensure it perfectly fitted the music. The score is highly descriptive throughout with many intensely dramatic scenes such as the resurrection of a dead youth; a sequence of increasingly frantic but ineffectual prayers to the heathen god Baal; and Elijah's vision of God and ascension into heaven on a fiery chariot.
Tickets at £17 (£5 full-time students) for this evening packed with powerfully moving, much-loved gems are available at 01474 816684, from members of Gravesham Choral Society or on the door.
For poster click here.
The Abrams Concert
A concert for all the family on Bank Holiday Monday.
|The Annunciation of our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary|
|08:00||Morning Prayer & Holy Communion|
|10:45||Children’s Choir Recital|
|17:00||Choral Evensong & Installation of The Reverend Matthew Rushton as Canon Precentor|