September at Bradford Cathedral

September is a very busy month here at Bradford Cathedral. Please see below for a flavour of just some of the things that are happening this month, and for information on our future events, regular services and much more, please visit our website!


This month our Coffee Concert programme continues, and we welcome Ida Pelliccioli on Tuesday 10th September. You can enjoy refreshments from 10:30am and the free performance from 11am. You can read more about Ida and what to expect when she arrives at Bradford Cathedral on our recent blog piece.

Our organ recital season resumes on Wednesday 11th September with Prof. Martin Schmeding from Leipzig with Rachel Mahon from Coventry and Jonathan Bielby from Wakefield on the next two Wednesdays. Entry is free, with an optional buffet from 12:30pm, with the recital starting at 1pm.

We also welcome The Sixteen on Saturday 14th September with their An Immortal Legacy programme. This event is selling fast and there are only a limited number of tickets left, which you can buy from Ticketlight. You can read an interview with the Sixteen’s conductor Harry Christophers on our blog post.

Art and Exhibitions

Chris Czainski’s By the Hand of… Icons, contemporary and traditional is open now at the cathedral, and you can explore the range of icons during our usual opening hours. You can also meet the artist from 6:30pm on Wednesday 11th September or enjoy an Icon Painting Workshop from 10am on Friday 20th September. Tickets are available for both from our Eventbrite page.

Faith and Peace, a collaborative exhibition with the Peace Museum, begins on Saturday 7th September for two weeks, presenting perspectives on peace from three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. You can find out more on our website and book your free places for the talk and workshop on Eventbrite.

Come and Visit

We open our doors on Sunday 15th September from 12noon – 3pm for our Heritage Open Day. We will be highlighting some of the local people who have played a part in our history, including the Bradford Rabble in the English Civil War, and the fascinating story of Joe Hardcastle, an ordinary Bradford man who spent 60 years as a Cathedral bell ringer. There will be the opportunity to visit the bell tower. Guided tours giving a detailed history of the Cathedral and some of the interesting people connected with it will be available at 12:30pm and 2pm.

Welcome to Students

We’d also like to extend our welcome to the new students starting this month at the University of Bradford and Bradford College. As well as the events already listed you can come and see us at the University of Bradford Freshers’ Fair from 10am – 5pm on Wednesday 18th September and at the Bradford College Freshers’ Fair from 10am – 3pm on Wednesday 25th September.

We will also be holding a special welcome to students on Sunday 15th September after the Heritage Open Day, with the chance to enjoy Choral Evensong at 4pm and then look around the cathedral – with free pizza! – from 5pm.

Alpha Course

The weekly 90-minute session takes place at 5:30pm every Wednesday from 11th September and it’s a relaxed and information way to explore the Christian Faith. Everyone is welcome to join the sessions, and each week begins with a meal. To book:

Fun for the Family

Our next Messy Church event is on Sunday 29th September from 12:30pm. Come and celebrate Messy Harvest with us at Bradford Cathedral, as we give thanks for the wonder of God’s creation. Join us for: bread making, bulb planting- to encourage more bees, Bible reading, songs and crafts. Everyone is welcome. Our next Messy Church event is on Sunday 29th September from 12:30pm.

Season of Creation

From September 1st we mark the Season of Creation focusing on the world, especially important because of our status as an EcoCathedral. We have a Harvest Service on Sunday 29th September from 10:15am. At this annual harvest service, we are invited to bring both fresh fruit and vegetables as well as packets and time of food as we give thanks to God for the goodness of the earth and its produce. The building will be gloriously decorated and our gifts will be donated to those most in need in our city.

Other Events

Our next Bring and Share Lunch takes place on Sunday 15th September at 12noon, which is open to everyone. On Monday 9th September is our next Monday Fellowship meeting where we’ll be exploring the environmental aspects of the cathedral, and the Women of Faith Book Group is back on Tuesday 17th September meeting at Waterstones at 11am. Our Toddler Group also resumes this month, every Friday at 10am, and the penultimate Faith Trail takes place on Saturday 7th September at 10:15am. You can find out more about all these events and much more on our website.

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