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The Cathedral hosts a wide range of events: some produced in-house and others where the building has been hired - the Council’s series of Chamber Concerts being a wonderful example.

In-house events mainly come under the auspices of ‘Artspace in Bradford Cathedral’ and include film, dramatic performance, exhibitions, music and literary events.

CURRENT EVENTS are now listed here  Click here to see a full list of events

Click here to download the current Music and Arts brochure

To hire the Cathedral for an event, please contact the Office on 01274 777720 for prices and availability.



13th Sept until 20th Dec



Buffet Lunch  from 12.30pm
£4 per head

Recital from 1pm - 1.45pm

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... until 15 December



Coffee from 10.30am

Concert from 11am

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Wednesday 25 October at 7.00pm

Refreshments available from 6.30pm.

FREE event, donations appreciated.



In this illustrated talk, the second in our lecture series on Art and Theology, Vivienne Rowett grasps the tail of an elusive image which flits briefly through the Psalms, and flies with it through its expression in Christian art and into a new incarnation in her own textile work. She demonstrates her belief that connecting deeply with past artists in word and visual expression excites the imagination, helps to assuage existential loneliness, and inspires and informs action.


Wednesday 11th October at 7pm

Flourishing City

How to recapture Bradford's history of innovation and entrepeneurship

with Lord Andrew Mawson

Wednesday 4 October 2017 at 7pm

Welcome Evening

with a tour of the Cathedral and an opportunity to meet others from the congregation and find out more about what we do - all welcome!


Wednesday 27 September at 7.00pm

Doors open 6.30pm for refreshments

In Pursuit of Silence

a meditative film about our relationship with silence, sound and the impact of noise.

Tickets £5 (no concessions)
From the Cathedral Office or ring 01274 777720

or at bradford-cathedral.ticketlight.co.uk

Thursday 20th July at 7.15pm

Friday 21st July at 7.15pm

Saturday 22nd July at 2.30pm

Saturday 22nd July at 7.15pm

The Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare

an ACT production

Tickets £10/7



7th July to 31st August

Free entry

A Verger's View

Jon Howard

For the past twelve years Head Verger Jon Howard has been taking photographs in and around the Cathedral.  This exhibition contains just some of Jon's favourites from the many hundreds he has taken.

2nd June to 2nd July

Free entry

Tirlun: Pictures of the Land

Sharon Snaylam

An exhibition of mixed media images based on walks and journeys in the landscapes of Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Cumbria and Austria.

Friday 23 June at 7.30pm

Doors open 7.00pm for refreshments
Free Entry - Donations Appreciated

Cry of Love follows the lives of young and talented teens who explore their musical gifts in a fictitious school named the African Performing Arts Centre. 



We're delighted to announce our "From generation to generation" event, in partnership with FCM, on 10th June.  Here is an opportunity to see - and hear - the good work that is happening at Bradford; meet the new team (Precentor, Director of Music, and Assistant Director of Music); and meet/network with others interested in maintaining and developing our rich choral heritage.  Book your place now:


Wednesday 24 May at 7.00pm


Ben Quash is Professor of Christianity and the Arts in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King's College London, and Canon Theologian at Bradford Cathedral. He launches our new series of lectures on Art and Theology.

As the Roman Catholic Church opens a pavilion at the Venice Biennale and many Protestant traditions cast aside their traditional distrust of images and storm back into the arena of contemporary visual art, a new set of critical categories may be called for. To be valuable, these should probably be both aesthetic and theological. What makes a work of art ‘work' in an ecclesial setting? And what ‘work' should be expected of it anyway?

FREE event, with refreshments available from 6.30pm


April 22 to May 28



An exhibition of spiritually inspired paintings by local artist Lisa Kilty.

Lisa has created work especially for the Cathedral including ‘The Annunciation’. She will also be exhibiting a large triptych, two years in the making, called
‘The re-appropriation of St George’.

Every day, Monday to Saturday throughout Lent

Every day, Monday to Saturday ,throughout Lent the State Gate undercroft will be open for midday prayers followed by half an hour space for private reflection.

The exhibition will change throughout Lent exploring different themes of Christian hope in the desert.


Wednesday 8 March at 7.15pm


Women in WW1 were extensively involved during the conflict. Not only as mothers, wives, sisters, fiancés and friends, but as volunteers, workers, poets and writers. Come and discover some of these hidden histories and secret stories with actor and writer Irene Lofthouse.

Tickets £5, under 16 £3
Suitable for age 12+
Refreshments available from 6.45pm


3 February to 5 February



An exhibition of handmade knits and their stories submitted by Bradfordians, as part of a weekend of eventsremembering St Blaise, the Patron Saint of Woolcombers. The Cathedral will form part of the procession route originally taken in 1825 celebrating the life of the martyred Bishop Blaise, a saint commemorated in the carving above the Dean's stall in the Cathedral.



Rhythm of the Dales

12 to 23 February 2017

Opening: Sunday 12 February at 11.45am, following the morning service, with live music.


Sarah's video installion explores the natural beauty of Yorkshire's Karst limestone gorges.

Military Wives Choirs


Friday 25 November at 7.30pm

The Military Wives Choirs first shot to fame in the fourth series of Gareth Malone's The Choir.  Made up of wives and partners of armed forces personnel and women from within the military community, they will be singing tracks from their soon-to-be-released album Home for Christmas as well as from their two UK top ten albums In My Dreams and Stronger Together.
Tickets available from http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&user_input=military+wives+choirs&q=military+wives+choirs

Chaplains of the First World War

3 to 26 November
The bravery of the Chaplains of the First World War is not well known.  Often at the front line, but never armed, these men seteadfastly supported soldiers and ailors of all demonations and faiths.
Festival of Remembrance
Sunday 6 November 2016 at 5.00pm
Entry by FREE ticket available from the Cathedral Office (01274 777720)
Bradford's 70th Festival of Remembrance is being held in the Cathedral this year, due to the temporary closure of St George's Hall for refurbishment.  Join the City of Bradford Brass Band, Claire White-McKay, St John's CofE Primary School and the Cathedral Choir for this annual event which also includes the Parade of Standards and Service of Remembrance.

Link to Bradford MDC website



Phone Home

Wednesday October 26th at 7pm

Bradford Cathedral is to host a live screening of Phone Home, a play about refugees and migrants being performed simultaneously in theatres in London, Germany and Greece.

Read more ....

An exhibition of paintings by

'Shadows and Reflections'

with soundscape by Monty Adkins

Thursday 29 September to 30 October

Wednesday 28 September at 7.00pm

All welcome

This exhibition constitutes a response to the impressive cathedral windows and the newly restored William Morris Altar Frontal textile by established Yorkshire artist Andy Fullalove.


Fullalove’s work is expressive, painterly and contemplative: the composer Monty Adkins, who has created a soundscape to accompany the exhibition, writes:

"Fullalove’s semi-abstract paintings could be considered as representational metaphors of emotional states - a picture is no longer just a picture."

Business and the Kingdom

Saturday 12 November 2016

9.30am for 10am start until 4.00pm

Venue:  The Midland Hotel, Bradford, BD1 4HU

Cost:  £50

Christians in business often feel unsupported at church and isolated at work so this one day conference, arranged by Bradford Cathedral in partnership with Thinking Faith, will address this challenge.  This is the first time such a conference has been put on in Bradford and tickets are expected to sell out quickly.

For further information, including details of reduced-fee tickets, please contact the Revd Cat Thatcher at Bradford Cathedral on 01274 777720 or email info@bradfordcathedral.org.

Gold for Life
Mon 12 September at 7.30pm
Bradford Fairtrade Zone and Fairtrade Yorkshire
Behind all the glitz all is not so glamorous for millions of small-scale miners.  Fairtrade is changing this.  Hear, from an artisan African gold miner on tour, about the men, women and children working in harsh and hazardous conditions, with toxic chemicals that pose severe risks to the workers, their communities and the natural environment.
Footsteps of St Aidan
Wed 31 August to 23 September
Local photographer and theologian Paula Thompson-Fearnley exhibits stunning photographs of Northumberland.
The exhibition will open following the 10.15am service of Holy Communion on St Aidan's Day, 31 August
Exhibition opening
Fri 5 August at 6.30pm
Free, all welcome.


Embracing Life Through Art
An exhibition of inspirational and uplifting art work created by patients who attend weekly art thereaby sessions with Steve Davis, art therapist, at the Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford.

Wed 3rd to Thu 25th August

Opening event at 6.30pm


Friday 5th August

Tree of Life

This glorious Tree of Life was made by a group of women asylum seekers, and refugees at the end of a six-moth project, working collaboratively to create this beautiful symbol of shelter, safety and sustenance


Thu 21 July to Sat 23 July

Tickets £10/£7.  Phone: 0113 3930929


(booking fee applies)

also available at the Cathedral Office

or on the door.

Much Ado About Nothing

The war is over. The soldiers are home. There's time for fun, feasting and falling in love for two pairs of lovers.  But there is malice at work which will result in betrayal, rejection and loss. But, since comedy is tragedy averted - though love may be sorely tested - there will be a happy ending.

Performed by ACT (Actors' Community Theatre) in the Cathedral grounds, in the Cathedral if wet. Thursday to Saturday at 7.15 and Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. 

Sat 25 June to Sat 30 July

FALLEN - a poppy installation by Martin Waters

Installation artist Martin Waters creates a moving memento to commemorate the centenary of the Bradford Pals' Battle of the Somme using thousands of Royal British Legion poppies.

Bradford Cathedral Remembers

Please click on the link below to listen to an interview by Premier Christian Radio about our WW1 exhibition


Fri 1st July to Sat 30th July

Bradford and the Global War.

This exhibition recognises the contribution of Bradfordians in the context of the wider Global War of 1914 - 1918.  At this time of commemoration the panels - which address the wounded, the missing and those who died in the Battle of the Somme between
1 July and 18 November 1916 - are particularly thought provoking.

Fri 1st July to Sat 30th July

Then and Now

Born in Bradford’s artist in residence, Ian Beesley, and Family Liaison Officer, Ann Barratt, wanted to make real the connection between children growing up in this city now and their relatives who fought in the First World War. These children are the future for Bradford and at the same time, as the descendants of the people involved in this conflict, they are part of that history.  They invited any BiB family who had a photograph of a relative who took part in the war to be photographed in a replica Edwardian studio holding their photograph; this created new images bridging the one hundred years and showing the family connections through the generations.