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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 …
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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. Peter King, Organist Emeritus of Bath Abbey, launches the series on 11th July with a …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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.” Hans Uwe Hielscher …
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