International Summer Organ Festival 2011
This year's International Summer Organ Festival brings organists from Italy, Spain, Denmark and the UK to Rochester to play at the free series of concerts, which take place at 4.30pm on Sundays from 17th July to 28th August. Below is a list of the recitals, but further details are available on the Concerts & Recitals page.
Sunday 24 July
Arnau Reynes Florit (Palma de Mallorca, Spain)
Sunday 31 July
Peter King (Bath Abbey, UK)
Sunday 7 August
Kristian Krogsøe (Aarhus, Denmark)
Sunday 14 August
Giampaolo Di Rosa (Rome, Italy)
Sunday 21 August
Kevin Duggan (Bornholm, Denmark)
Sunday 28 August
Stefano Vagnini with Giorgia Ragni, Soprano (Fano, Italy)
Consecration of Adrian Newman, Bishop of Stepney
A large number of congregation, staff and volunteers attended this service at St Paul's Cathedral.
We wish Adrian well in his new role. Until a new Dean is appointed, we welcome Canon Dr Philip Hesketh as our new Acting Dean.
Enigma - A Murder Mystery presented by The Alternate Shadows
A Fund Raising Event with Rochester Cathedral.
"There is a dead man on the Cathedral floor. Did the Captain of the Home Guard think he was a spy? Then there’s the lady from the tea shop. Did she kill him in a jealous rage because he was flirting with the local barmaid? Why was Reverend Pilbright so very distraught? And who was the stranger in the Crypt? This is a tough one for Insp Grimpole."
Be there to see him solve a very enigmatic mystery!
We had a great evening on Friday 1st April 2011 and all net funds raised went to support the Development Fund at Rochester Cathedral.
A personal message from the Dean
Tuesday 22 March 2011
Today at 10.30am I will be at St Paul’s Cathedral for the public announcement that I have been appointed the next Bishop of Stepney. My new role represents a return to my roots in urban ministry, and while I will relish the opportunity to work in one of the most challenging and exciting parts of the country, I will be very sad to leave the Cathedral, Rochester, and Medway. These last six years have been a great privilege, and I will carry with me an enormous number of precious memories.
My final Sunday here will be 3 July. In the afternoon at evensong (3.15pm) there will be a formal farewell and I hope that you might be able to set that date aside in your diary.
After being consecrated (as a Bishop) on 22 July we will move from the Deanery to our new home in Mile End at the beginning of August. The Bishop will appoint Phil Hesketh as Acting Dean once I have gone, so you can be confident that the Cathedral is in good hands, and will continue to serve the community with energy and commitment.
The Church of England will initiate an appointments process for a new Dean, but these things move very slowly and it is likely that it will be the Summer of 2012 before the next Dean of Rochester arrives.
There will be plenty of time for goodbyes in due course. For now I am fully focused here, and will look forward to meeting up with you once the dust has settled from today’s announcement!
Fun Quiz Night
We had a great evening in the Crypt on Saturday 5th February when we held our Quiz Night. Over 100 people joined us and we raised over £600 which will go towards the Cathedral's Development projects.
Special thanks to Rob Ryan and Colin Tolhurst for their Question Master skills and technical expertise, along with Andrew Coulson. Our scorers; Angela Watson together with Colin and Sheila Thompson did a fantastic job. They were so quick and kept up fantastically.
The evening was finished off by entertainment from David Sandon and his Barbershop Sextet. Thank you all and most especially to everyone that came along to support us.