A Christmas bargain for
HALF PRICE TICKETS
to Handel’s MESSIAH
are offered to every member of the Friends.
is performed in Coventry Cathedral on Monday 20th December 2021 at 7pm
. Coventry Cathedral Chorus will be joined by Orchestra Pro Anima with the soloists Philippa Hyde, Simon Ponsford, Greg Tassell,and James Cleverton.
“This performance will be especially meaningful to me personally, as it is my last concert as Musical Director of the Chorus after 37 glorious years on the podium.” PAUL LEDDINGTON WRIGHT
As a Christmas bargain tickets normally costing £22 and £15 are available HALF PRICE
to members of the Friends of Coventry Cathedral.
To take advantage of this offer members should apply for tickets to Jill Pacey, either by email (
or by telephoning her on
THE WORK OF Anne Petters as part of the Broken Angel Project was unveiled on 6th November and will remain in place until 1st February. She is the first of three artists taking part and sharing responses to the empty space left by the vandalised glass angel in the West Screen. In addition to her projected image she has created a miniature book of glass inside the Cathedral - referencing that the arms of the damaged Angel cradled the Book of Eternal Life. The other artists will share their responses over the next twelve months.
The Friends made a grant of £10,000 towards the REBUILD arts project sponsored by the City of Culture Trust with the Cathedral, and the Broken Angel Project is the first part of the sponsored art.
In January 2022 we have the opportunity to share in the second part of REBUILD which is GHOSTS IN THE RUINS, a work that has been created by NITIN SAWHNEY, the well-known composer. His work examines themes of healing, resilience, and reconciliation in relation to contemporary conflicts while looking forward in hope for the future of the world.
GHOSTS IN THE RUINS will start in the Cathedral nave and will feature performances by singer YVA, violinist Eos Counsell and the Coventry Cathedral choristers and local poets. The audience will then be invited to move into the Cathedral Ruins to experience a dramatic conclusion. The Cathedral’s Director of Music, Rachel Mahon, is a Creative Associate on the project.
The choral and musical elements will be accompanied by newly-commissioned works by Coventry poets, and visual images by the artist Mark Murphy will be projected onto the interior walls of the Cathedral.
TICKETS for this event are now available on the City of Culture website, or from the City of Culture shop in Hertford Place.
LAST MONTH'S MENTION in this newsletter of the King's National Days of Prayer during World War II gave rise to many comments from members, most of whom were unaware of Days of Prayer. I have been loaned the photograph on the right which shows the National Day of Prayer Service held in the Cathedral Ruins in 1943.
Double your money!
LAST MONTH'S OFFER of the Friends of Coventry Cathedral to double the amount of donations made by any of our members to the Cathedral Organ Fund has proved very popular. The sum of £3100 has been raised to date.
In view of its popularity with our members the Friends Council has extended the Double Your Money offer until January 2022.
The Organ Fund target is £1m – so there is still some way to go!
Members of the Friends can double the value of their contributions to the organ fund by sending their donation through the Friends (subject to a limit of £10,000).
EXAMPLE: Your £50 donation becomes £100 gift towards the organ fund when the donation is sent to the Friends.
There are two ways in which qualifying donations can be made.
Cheques payable to the Friends of Coventry Cathedral can be sent to 63 Daventry Road, Coventry CV3 5DH.
Payment can also be made direct to the Friends of Coventry Cathedral bank account at
HSBC, PO BOX 24, City Branch, Coventry CV1 1QJ
Sort code 40 18 17 Account number 80360244
marking the payment “Organ Appeal”. If you pay your contribution direct to our bank, please confirm by email to
Coventry/Dresden-Bridging The Miles held last month to show to members the 1965 archive film of the Cathedral's Dresden Project was well attended and proved to be a great success. It has encouraged the Friends Council to plan further showings of Cathedral archive film footage at future meetings.
THE PEOPLE OF Coventry have a reputation for giving a warm welcome to immigrants and asylum seekers, as we recently witnessed in the public welcomes given to Little Amil on her journey across Europe.
Coventry’s welcoming attitude towards newcomers goes back a long way as shown by the following article published in the Coventry Evening Telegraph on 26th December, 1947.
Christmas Joy For German Detainees
About 150 German prisoners-of-war who were entertained in Coventry households this Christmas, ceased for a short time to be mere “numbers” and became individuals again.
Most of them were having their first glimpse of home life since they were on active service three or four years ago.
Their reception as guests of their Coventry hosts arose from a scheme put forward by Alderman G. E. Halliwell. His first appeal was for hosts for a dozen prisoners, but, as his plan was made public, offers of hospitality increased daily and the result was a success in every way.
Alderman Halliwell told the Evening Telegraph today: “Everybody had a good time, and I am delighted with the response to the appeal. I even had a telephone message from one household asking if an extension of leave for their guests could be arranged. But this was unfortunately impossible.”
The prisoners arrived at the Coventry homes on Christmas Eve and did not return until the evening of Boxing day.
The Chairman’s Crackers!
How did Mary and Joseph know Jesus’ weight when he was born?
They had a weigh in a manger!
Why is it getting harder to buy Advent calendars?
Their days are numbered!
Which famous playwright was terrified of Christmas?
How many letters are in the Christmas alphabet?
Only 25, there’s no L!
What would you call an elf who just has won the lottery?
Why did Rudolph get a bad report card?
Because he went down in history.
How much did Santa pay for his sleigh?
Nothing. It was on the house.
an artwork by Luke Jerram,
came to Coventry Cathedral Ruins last month. The planet earth, 7 metres in diameter, floated in three dimensions, creating a feeling of awe for the planet similar to the experience of astronauts. Its impact was augmented by a surround-sound composition of composer Dan Jones. You may have noticed GAIA
in the background of the TV coverage of November's COP-26 conference in Glasgow.