Music, arts and lectures come to Peterborough Cathedral

Unlock the Box at Peterborough Cathedral

Unlock the Box at Peterborough Cathedral - Credit: Archant

Music, art and a climate change lecture come to Peterborough Cathedral for a varied early summer programme of entertainment.

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BBC: Monteverdi In Mantua come to Peterborough Cathedral - Credit: Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

The events kick off with a choral society performance of Mozart Requiem and Chilcott Requiem on Saturday April 25 at 7.30pm.

The music will be performed by Peterborough Choral Society with the Aurelian Orchestra, conducted by Anne McDonald.

Tickets cost £18 (under 19s are £10) available from the Visitor Destination Centre, Peterborough on 01733 452336 or Stamford Arts Centre 01780 763203.

On Friday May 1 at 7.30pm is Every Purpose Under Heaven with conductors Howard Goodall and Quentin Thomas.

Howard Goodall at Peterborough Cathedral

Howard Goodall at Peterborough Cathedral - Credit: Archant

Soloists Claire Lees soprano, Andrew Kennedy tenor and Peter Adams cello are led by award winning composer Howard Goodall, best-known for the theme tunes to QI, Mr Bean and The Vicar of Dibley.

He will conduct 200 young musicians from schools and academies in Peterborough and Northamptonshire in a performance of the oratorio he composed to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible in 2011.

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The Mass sections of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man will be sung by a choir of adult voices from local choral societies.

Tickets cost £5 (unreserved) from Oundle Box Office on 01832 274734 or via

City College exhibition at Peterborough Cathedral

City College exhibition at Peterborough Cathedral - Credit: Archant

On Sunday May 3 at 5pm is an organ recital by Steven Grahl, the cathedral director of music.

Free entry with a retiring collection.

From May 6 to 21 there will be an arts and crafts exhibition by City College Peterborough adult community learning students.

Students, who study part time to help develop their artistic skills and self-esteem, will show a range of work including watercolour and oil paintings, pottery, jewellery and other media.

Sir Gillian Prance

Sir Gillian Prance - Credit: Archant

Free entry. Open during normal visiting (except during services).

On Saturday May 23 at 7.30pm there will be the Peterborough Green Festival Lecture by Sir Ghillean Prance on the biological evidence for climate change.

Hosted by Peterborough Cathedral and Peterborough Eco-Faith Network professor Sir Ghillean Prance will explain why biologists are increasingly alarmed by the evidence of climate change that they see.

Sir Ghillean was director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew until his retirement in 1999. He is an expert on the flora of the Amazon rain forests and has lived with at least sixteen Indian tribes in the Amazon.

He was scientific director of the Eden Project in Cornwall and is a visiting professor at Reading University. He is also a trustee of A Rocha, the international Christian environmental organization. His talk will be followed by a question and answer session.

Free entry. No ticket needed.

On Sunday June 7 at 5pm is an organ recital by Jeremy Lloyd, the cathedral organ scholar.

Free entry with a retiring collection.

On Friday June 12 there is a pre-concert talk at 7pm and a 7.30pm concert by The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage: Flight of Angels.

Travel back to 16th-century Seville and the Spanish golden age for this performance of music by Francisco Guerrero and Alonso Lobo. Between them these two composers capture an astonishing variety of moods, from ecstasy and joy to despair, longing and devotional stillness.

Tickets cost £10 / £15 / £20 from the Sixteen Box Office on 01904 651485 or via, or Peterborough Visitor Information Centre on 01733 452336.

From June 16 to 25 is the Unlock the Box Exhibition which is free entry.

The exhibition is a celebration of the many different cultures and communities of Peterborough. It was organised by City College Peterborough to engage volunteers from different communities in creating cultural boxes to share with their fellow citizens.

Along the way the participants have learnt new skills such as photography and IT, as well as presentation and confidence building.

The boxes provide a window into the world of the Pakistani, Kurdish, Polish, Latvian, Lithuanian and Slovakian communities.

Representatives from some of these cultures will be with the exhibition during the Heritage Festival weekend, June 19 to 21. Visit

Peterborough Heritage Festival is on June 20 and 21 with jousting and tours.

There will be a lecture on the Magna Carter and an organ recital by David Humphreys.

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