Welcome to the Bradford Cathedral website. We are on the east side of the new Westfield development, just a few minutes walk from both of Bradford’s stations. The Cathedral is the oldest building in the City but it also has a wonderful 20th century extension. Ancient and modern. Why not visit us and discover Bradford’s ‘hidden gem’ and spend a few quiet moments in reflection and prayer?
The Very Reverend Jerry Lepine
Dean of Bradford
THREADS OF LIFE and
EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: DIALOGUES
Tuesday 5th May until Wednesday 24th June
The Threads of Life exhibition tells the story of the new vestments and frontals produced for the Cathedral by Polly Meynell http://www.pollymeynell.com/.
Also on display are a number of sacred objects drawn from the collections of Bradford Cathedral and the International Art Collection of Bradford Museums and Galleries. The juxtaposition of these collections demonstrate the richness of faith related endeavour and the importance that such objects play in the lives of Hindus, Christians, Muslims and Sikhs in Bradford and throughout the world. All the exhibits have been used in ceremony or for prayer by respective congregations.
The Bradford Cathedral objects demonstrate the expertise and meticulous attention to detail of craftspeople from Bradford and regional artisans including silversmiths and embroiderers whilst the Bradford Museums items come from the broad geographic areas of the Punjab, Gujarat, Rajasthan in India and Pakistan. They have a broad range of uses associated with various forms of worship from ceremonial shafts, containers for holy liquids, incense holders and items to alert the senses for prayer.
Eye of the Beholder: Dialogues is a collaboration between Bradford Museums and Galleries and Bradford Cathedral and part of the Eye of the Beholder project led by Cartwright Hall Art Gallery in Bradford made possible with support from Arts Council England. This display runs concurrently with the Eye of the Beholder: Taking Inspiration exhibition at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery (28 March – 5 July 2015)
WEST YORKSHIRE ORGAN DAY
Saturday 9th May 10am to 4.30pm
An interesting day at the Cathedral has been planned with talks and demonstrations by Alex Woodrow, our Director of Music & Organist, plus Ben Saunders (from Leeds Cathedral) and Dr John Rowntree (on the restoration of the Hopkins Organ). We are also very pleased to welcome back to Bradford Dr Gordon Stewart whose last visit to the Cathedral was with the BBC to record Songs of Praise.
This is an eventful year in the life of the Cathedral and City.
The Cathedral has three major projects starting this year whilst works continue on Cathedral Halls (The Brathay Trust) and Clergy House (Bradford Council). The Council’s Public Realm works (linked to Westfield’s new Broadway Shopping Centre) also see major improvements to the pavements and roads on Stott Hill and Church Bank.
Any project is bound to cause some disruption at some point. Whilst the building and grounds will remain open for the duration, there will be times when vehicle access may be prevented and enjoyment of the peace and beauty of the site will be marred by noise and scaffolding. We therefore ask for your gracious forbearance at this time.
But by the end of the year all these works will be complete - including the opening of the Westfield site - and the Cathedral will take its part in the regeneration of the City including the impressive State Gate entrance.
The Dales Jam Jazz and World Music Orchestra, featuring twenty five amateur musicians from North Yorkshire led Richard Ormrod, plays live soundtracks to a selection of vintage short movies from the Yorkshire Film Archive ... expect thrilling and beautiful melodies presented from a global perspective, with jazz vocabulary, performed with warmth and generosity.
This special event, hosted by Bishop Nick Baines, will feature renowned artists performing a variety of styles of devotional music, ranging from naats and bhajans to kirtans and choirs, as well as sacred poetry recitations.
The finale of the evening will be a poetry recitation by award winning poet Michael Symmons Roberts.
Please join us for refreshments and reflection after the event.
The Pilgrim Group meets on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm and new members would be welcome to join us. The evenings will include Bible study and time to reflect on it together, in an atmosphere where insights, questions, and experience can be shared. The group is suitable for people at all stages on the journey of Christian faith who would like to deepen their relationship with God. If you are interested in finding out more or joining the group, please talk to Canon Mandy, or Sue McWhinney, and let us know that you’d like to come, c/o the Cathedral Office on 01274 777720
There is no entry charge to Bradford Cathedral but we are grateful for any contribution you can make towards our running costs. If you are a tax payer, please consider using one of our yellow Gift Aid envelopes which enables us to reclaim the tax on your donation. If you would prefer your donation to go to a particular fund (fabric, flowers, ministry, or mission) please indicate on the envelope
A decision has been taken to take a break from holding these meditative candle-lit services with Taize chants, prayers, readings, and a time of quiet. However if your church is interested in holding a Taize service, and would like some help with resources or a Cathedral team to come and lead a Taize service for you, please contact the Cathedral Office on 01274 777720 or e-mail Sue McWhinney on email@example.com
We can also provide advice about organising young people's visits to Taize for the summer schools and college weeks.
Spring 2015 Organ Recital Series
The Spring 2015 Season of organ recitals starts on Wednesday 14th January