January 2020

As our centenary year came to a close with a packed December of events, it’s time to look forward to what to expect in the first month of a new year!

Will you be visiting a cathedral in 2020?

2020 is officially the Year of Cathedrals, Year of Pilgrimage and you can find out more about what that involves on our website. There will be plenty of special themed events coming up throughout the year including a candle-lit pilgrimage around the cathedral, a specially-themed Lent Course and a Night at the Cathedral. You can also even make a very special pilgrimage yourself from either Halifax Minster or Dewsbury Minster to Bradford Cathedral.

Music

James Gaughan

Our events begin this month with our first coffee concert on Tuesday 14th January from 11am. Entry is free and our first act is baritone singer James Gaughan.

James is an experienced baritone soloist, specialising in the song and concert repertoire. He gives regular recitals throughout the year. Past performances include at Southwell Minster, Derby and Wakefield Cathedrals. In the coming months he is due to perform at Manchester and Sheffield Cathedrals and elsewhere. You can find out more about him on his website.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

Lilian Black, Chair of the Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association receives concentration camp uniform of Mr Kowalski from Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp (V2 rocket factory), on long term loan from one of the camps in which her father Eugene Black was incarcerated and forced to undertake slave labour between May – November 1944.

This month we also mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2020, 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, with a special Address and Evensong.


Lilian Black, Chair of the Trustees of the Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association and the Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre at Huddersfield University, will give the address.

Her late father, Eugene, was deported from his home in Hungary in 1944 and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau. He lost most of his family to the Holocaust but survived concentration camps and forced labour to make a new life in the UK.

The Address and Evensong takes place on Sunday 26th January from 4pm. You don’t need to book your place and refreshments will be served afterwards.

Arts

Our Artspace programme begins on Wednesday 29th January at 7pm with Serenity: Poetry, Song and Music, anopen mic event.

It’s an opportunity for anyone who would like to perform poetry, music, song, movement or anything else in the magnificent space of Bradford Cathedral.

Please contact Mussarat or Sharena for a slot of up to 8-10 minutes per person or 3 poems each. Refreshments will be served during an interval break at 8pm.

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Also this month we have our Epiphany service on Sunday 5th January at 10:15am. Our weekly Carers’ Crafts social returns every week from Tuesday 7th January at 10am and on the same day our monthly Women of Faith Book Group meets at Waterstones, Bradford at 11am to discuss The Secret Rooms by Catherine Bailey.

Stitching@Bradford Cathedral is also back on that first Tuesday, at 1pm, and anyone is invited to join them no matter your level of stitching experience!

Places of Welcome returns on Wednesday 8th January at 2:30pm and our Toddler Group is back on Friday 10th January at 10am.

Our monthly Monday Fellowship returns on Monday 13th January at 2pm and on this first session of 2020 Dean Jerry Lepine will be talking about On the Way – the pilgrimage of faith, a talk exploring the idea of pilgrimage for a 21st century faith.

The weekly Wednesday@One Organ Recitals resume on Wednesday 15th January at 1pm with Graham Thorpe, with Robert Sharpe (York) and Ben Markovic (Worcester) following on the other Wednesdays in January.

The next Bring and Share Lunch is at 12noon on Sunday 19th January and the Silence Clinic returns on Wednesday 29th January at 7:30pm.

You can find out more about all these regular meetings on our website or by visiting our Facebook page.

For more information on all these events and others in February – April, our new what’s on programme is available to view on our website and to pick up from next week!

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