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Commemoration of centenary of the wartime death of youngest submarine commander

Relatives of the youngest submarine commander in the Royal Navy in World War 1 gathered in Ripon Cathedral this week to mark the centenary of his death.

Lt Ingleby Stuart Jefferson’s submarine was torpedoed by a German U-boat when it partially surfaced in the North Sea – with only its conning tower showing. Of the ship’s company of 19 men, only one, a stoker, survived. Lt Jefferson was just 24 when he died.

The young lieutenant was renowned for his sporting abilities and for his bravery – two years before his death he had been awarded a medal by the Royal Humane Society for saving a soldier from drowning in Immingham Docks.

Lt Jefferson’s family were joined on Friday by the family of his great friend Lt Hanley Hutchinson – with whom he had grown up in Ripon. Lt Hutchinson also lost his life in 1917 – the two friends were to die less than six weeks apart.

Lt Hutchinson was fatally wounded as the 2/5th battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment, (the Prince of Wales’ Own), engaged the enemy on the Western Front. He was 26. He is buried at Grevillers, a large war cemetery near Bapaume in France and is remembered in a memorial next but one to that of Lt Jefferson.

The commemoration took place at the foot of the memorials in the cathedral’s North nave aisle and was led by the Dean of Ripon, the Very Rev John Dobson. He said: “The names of some 250 men and choristers from the Ripon area who died in World War 1 are inscribed in tablets near the high altar. In remembering Lt Jefferson and Lt Hanley, we honour their memory too.”

Lt Jefferson’s nephew, Richard Jefferson, who lives in Norfolk, said: “We all feel very proud of him. He was a huge loss to the family and if he had lived he could have had an outstanding career.”

In a roll of honour Lt Jefferson was described as ‘one of the best all round athletes in the fleet.’ A member of Headingley Rugby Club, he played rugby for the navy against the army in March 1914 and at 21 was the youngest player on either side. He also represented the navy against the army in bayonet fighting and was said to excel at boxing, wrestling and ski-ing.

He was the elder son of Dr William Jefferson of North House, Ripon, who for 50 years was the city’s Chief Medical Officer. His grandfather, was a canon at Ripon Cathedral in the 1800s.

Mr Richard Jefferson, whose son and grandson both were given Ingleby as a forename, was joined on Friday by his brother, Ingleby William Jefferson, his wife and other family members including two great great nephews.

Joining them in prayer were Prue Hutchinson, widow of the Ripon solicitor Michael Hutchinson, the nephew of Lt Hutchinson and his great nephew Andrew Hutchinson.

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Nigel Allcoat, organ

Summer Organ Festival 2017

Join us for this year’s Summer Organ Festival – a series of seven recitals across Tuesday evenings in July and August showcasing performers from Ripon Cathedral and across the country.  This year, we mark a series of French anniversaries: Louis Vierne and Charles-Marie Widor, who both died 80 years ago, and Henri Mulet, in the 50th year since his death.

Nigel Allcoat, organ

Nigel Allcoat, 15th August

Peter King, organ

Peter King, 11th July

Peter King, Organist Emeritus of Bath Abbey, launches the series on 11th July with a programme of French fantaisies, adding a little international variety with one of the great 19th-century Germanic works: Reubke’s Sonata on the 94th Psalm.


The next three recitals are given by the Cathedral’s music department.  On 18th July, Tim Harper explores connections between J. S. Bach and the French school, sandwiched between a brand-new transcription of Willam Walton’s Portsmouth Point and the first major work of Vierne’s favourite pupil: Duruflé’s Prélude, Adagio et Choral Varié sur le thème du Veni Creator.

The  following week, the John Sayer Organ Scholar, Tom Coxhead includes Jehan Alain’s Trois Pièces pour Grand Orgue among pieces from the renaissance and by Howells and Vaughan Williams, before Andrew Bryden sees in the new month by concluding an all-French programme with Duruflé’s Prelude & Fugue sur le nom d’Alain.



David Newsholme, organ

David Pipe, organ

Above: David Pipe, 22nd August Left: David Newsholme, 8th August

David Newsholme (Canterbury Cathedral) plays Bach, Widor, Vierne and Howells as a prelude to Healey Willan’s Introduction, Passacaglia & Fugue, while on 15th August, Nigel Allcoat celebrates the feast of the Assumption as composer, performer and improviser, in a programme spanning Bach, Boulanger, Tournemire and Liszt.

Finally, David Pipe plays Elgar, Wammes, Bach and Bonaventure before exploring Henri Mulet’s Esquisses Byzantines on 22nd August, bringing the series to a close with the famous toccata Tu es Petra.

All recitals take place at 7.30pm in the crossing of the Cathedral, where you can see the performers close up and hear the sheer variety of sounds available from the Ripon instrument to best advantage.  Tickets are available in advance from the Cathedral Shop at £8, on the door at £10 and free for accompanied under 16s.  The ticket price includes a glass of juice or wine after the concert.  Full programmes can be found under each recital’s event listing:

Summer Organ Recitals 2017

11th July             Peter King
18th July            Tim Harper
25th July            Tom Coxhead
1st August          Andrew Bryden
8th August         David Newsholme
15th August       Nigel Allcoat
22nd August      David Pipe

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Ripon Cathedral Choir Open Day

Cathedral Choir Shines with Youngsters filling the Ranks

Ripon Cathedral was pleased to welcome potential choristers and their families to the Choir Open Day this weekend.

Children from across the region attended the event during which they rehearsed and sang with the cathedral choir.

They were joined for the beautiful service of Evensong by Ripon Grammar School Chamber Choir – which includes a number of former cathedral choristers.

Parents had an exclusive look behind the scenes at the cathedral and heard from boys and girls who had recently left the choir about what they had gained from their experiences and how it had influenced their career choices as they move from school to university.

The cathedral’s Director of Music Andrew Bryden said: “The choristers demonstrated though their wonderful singing why Ripon Cathedral Choir enjoys a first rate reputation. Some of the music was actually composed by an ex-chorister, James Kitchingman, who left just last year!”

Being a chorister demands time and commitment but is incredibly rewarding. The children receive free singing lessons and are reimbursed for their time with regulator payments and a savings plan which accrues around £1,000 for them at the end of their term with the choir.

Choristers are hugely prized by schools. Previous choristers have gone on to sing in the National Youth Choir and have obtained choral and music scholarships to Oxford, Cambridge and Durham.

Anyone interested in auditioning for the choir should contact Ripon Cathedral’s Director of Music, Andrew Bryden on 01765 603496 or email [email protected]

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Cathedral to Host Archaeology Open Day

Most people will have walked past Ripon Cathedral’s Bone Crypt without giving it a second glance. The building, which is located by one of the main thoroughfares through the churchyard, hosted thousands of human bones until 150 years ago, when it was cleared and eventually converted into a functioning chapel.

However, after research undertaken by Joseph Priestley, a local Heritage Learning Officer, the chapel will once again return to its original function – storing bones – but just for one day!

Joe, along with researchers from the University of Sheffield’s Charnel Chapel Research Project, will be holding an open day featuring interactive activities for children and adults. The Open Day will run from 10am to 4pm on the 31st May with workshop slots available from 11-1pm and 2 – 4pm.
Limited spaces are available for the workshops so please sign up by contacting [email protected] or ring the Cathedral Office on 0176 603462.

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Bishop Nick to speak at Ripon Cathedral

Bishop Nick, known to many as the ‘Blogging Bishop’, will be leading a discussion at Ripon Cathedral about his vision for the Diocese of Leeds on the 16th March at 7.30pm.

The central themes will be ‘Living, Loving, Learning’; three words which the new diocese is using to summarise God’s work in its parishes. Bishop Nick explains, “This emerges from our work to provide a simple lens through which people – both inside and beyond the church – can see who we are and what we are about as a church and diocese.’
The evening will also provide the opportunity for discussion and worship, which will be led by the Worship Group from St Mark’s Harrogate.

You can find the event here:

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Crowd Enjoys a Spectacular Festive Carol Concert

A spectacular festive Carol Concert took place at Ripon Cathedral on Saturday 3 December.

An evening of traditional carols and seasonal music performed by Ripon Cathedral Choir, directed by Andrew Bryden, and assisted by Tim Harper and Tom Coxhead with live music from Cathedral Brass, and pupils from Ripon Grammar School directed by Edward Seymour.

Special guest author Gervase Phinn entertained the audience with witty stories of his experiences as a School’s Inspector for North Yorkshire. There was a special visit by Santa who gave out gifts to the children in the audience.

cathedral carol concert

We are grateful to the new Aldi store in Ripon who sponsored the mulled wine and mince pies.  The above photograph shows Molly Barrs, Fundraising Events Officer at the Cathedral receiving the sponsored goods from the Aldi Area Manager James Collinge prior to the concert.

Proceeds of nearly £7,000 from the concert will go towards Ripon Cathedral Music Trust, which preserves and secures the Music at Ripon Cathedral including making sure there is always a Choir singing within the Cathedral, which traces back to the foundation of the Benedictine monastery in 672 when monks sung. The Cathedral Choir have produced CD recordings, broadcasts, concerts and tours which are a major part of the Choir’s schedule, as well as singing six services each week and at the great festivals of Christmas and Easter.

Thank you to all those who attended the concert and supported the Cathedral Choir.

The concert will take place again next December and tickets will be available on the Cathedral website early in the New Year.

For further information contact Ripon Cathedral Development Campaign 01765 603583 or [email protected]

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Cathedral Christmas Fair

Cathedral Christmas Fair returns for another successful year

The popular annual Cathedral Christmas fair returns for another successful year.

Ripon Cathedral will host its popular Christmas Gift and Food Fair on Saturday 26 November 2016.

Celebrate the festive season at Ripon Cathedral Christmas gift and Food Fair in the spectacular setting of Ripon Cathedral. Now in its fourteenth successful year, the fair is bigger and more popular than ever.

Hosting a range of festivities including hot turkey sandwiches and mulled wine, musical entertainment throughout the day including local choirs, visit Santa in his Grotto as well as over 100 stalls offering gifts and food helping you find that perfect present, all within the beautiful setting of Ripon Cathedral.

Traders at the fair also include local food producers offering preserves, baked goodies, oils, local cheeses, fine liqueurs and sweet treats. Other stalls include handmade jewellery, clothing, art, crafts and other exclusive gifts that cannot be found on the high street to help you find that perfect gift this Christmas.

We are also delighted to welcome Holly Holder, a blind visual artist who ‘Uses art to escape blindness & express herself through her art.’ Her work will be available to buy during the fair.

Campaign Assistant and Fair Organiser Carolyn Sands Says ‘We are looking forward to welcome Holly Holder to the Cathedral for what looks to be another exciting and busy Christmas fair.’

There will also be a number of festival stalls at The Old Deanery including jewellery, sweets as well as local author Emma Warner-Reed who will be doing a special book signing of her latest children’s books ‘The Dotty Series’ in the Old Deanery throughout the day.

‘I have also had some special edition paperback copies of DOTTY and the Very Lucky Day printed, which will be exclusive to the event, together with some really fun merchandising.’ Explains Emma Warner Reed.

‘And I will even have some signed copies of the first two MAGORA series books on offer, flown all the way over from Germany especially for the occasion, so you’ll need to get in quickly if you want one!’

The money raised from the Christmas Gift and Food Fair goes towards the Ripon Cathedral Renewed Project – the new development plans for a 21st Century Yorkshire Cathedral.

We are asking for any keen bakers to donate Christmas Cakes for the Cathedral to sell at the fair. These are always very popular and sell out on the day, and help to raise much needed funds. Please contact Carolyn Sands if you are willing to support us.

The Christmas Gift and Food Fair will take place on Saturday 26 November from 10.00am until 4.30pm at Ripon Cathedral and the Old Deanery Hotel across the road of the Cathedral. Entry is £2.50 and tickets can be purchased on the door.

For further information please contact Carolyn Sands, Campaign Assistant on [email protected] or 01765 603583


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Summer Organ Festival 2016

Join us for this year’s Summer Organ Festival – a series of seven recitals across Tuesday evenings in July and August showcasing international performers, music and the art of transcription.  Director of Music Andrew Bryden says, “This year’s festival promises to be a wonderful opportunity to hear works that we would expect to be played by an orchestra, including a world première of an arrangement by our Assistant Director of Music, Tim Harper.”

Tom Bell, organ

Tom Bell & a swarm of ‘B’s, 12th July

Hans Uwe Hielscher

Hans Uwe Hielscher launches the series on 5th July

Hans Uwe Hielscher launches the series on Tuesday 5th July with works from across Europe and America: Rheinberger, Jongen and Reger take their places alongside less familiar names such as Gordon B. Nevin, and Hielscher’s own arrangements for organ of pieces by Toselli and von Suppé.  Tom Bell, sometime organ scholar here and now enjoying a glittering international career based in London, returns to Ripon on 12th July with a programme of ‘B’s: Bach, Brahms, Bridge and – in his 125th anniversary year – Arthur Bliss.

Daniel Cook, organ

Daniel Cook explores the organ fantasia, 19th July

Martyn Rawles, organ

Martyn Rawles plays Franck on 9th August

On 19th July, Daniel Cook, Sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey, explores the genre of the organ fantasia, with the help of Byrd, Buxtehude, York Bowen, Alain and, marking the centenary of his death, Max Reger.  Assistant Director of Music Tim Harper concludes a trip round England with the world première of his transcription of Bliss’ A Colour Symphony on 26th July, while on 9th August Martyn Rawles visits from Lichfield Cathedral to play Bach, transcriptions by Lemare and the prototype of the organ symphony, César Franck’s Grand Pièce Symphonique.

Director of Music Andrew Bryden (2nd August) and the John Sayer Organ Scholar Tom Coxhead (16th August) complete the contributions by the home team with more transcriptions and Guilmant’s Sonata No. 1.

Andrew Bryden at the console of the organ

Andrew Bryden, 2nd August

Tim Harper, organ

Tim Harper, 26th July

Tom Coxhead, 16th August

Tom Coxhead, 16th August

Summer Organ Recitals 2016

5th July           Hans Uwe Hielscher (Wiesbaden, Germany)
12th July         Tom Bell (London)
19th July         Daniel Cook (Westminster Abbey)
26th July         Tim Harper (Ripon Cathedral)
2nd August     Andrew Bryden (Ripon Cathedral)
9th August      Martyn Rawles (Lichfield Cathedral)
16th August    Tom Coxhead (Ripon Cathedral)

All recitals begin at 7.30pm.  Tickets are available in advance from the Cathedral Shop at £8, on the door at £10 and free for accompanied under 16s.  The ticket price includes a glass of juice or wine after the concert.  For full programmes, please see each recital’s listing at

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