Once In Royal David's City. In Dulci Jubilo. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen. John's College Choir. The Herald Angels Sing. The Spirit Of Christmas. Jingle Bells. The Skaters Waltz. Toy Balloons. I Saw Three Ships. Joy To The World. Holiday For Bells. Snow Coach. A Marshmallow World. Christmas Bells. Beloved Carols-Golden Voices. O Holy Night. Coventry Carol. Silent Night. What part does music play in your life?
I have a particular love of hymns, not just for the words and writers, but for the music which brings the verses to life. I often think I'd like to go on a 'Name that Hymn' quiz because I have a head full of hymn melodies!
Do you play an instrument? Or sing? Years ago, I was chosen to be one of just four lady singers joining around 20 men to become The George Mitchell Singers. Working with George Mitchell was a wonderful experience for someone who loves harmonies and glorious old songs! We played in the Thames TV Bar once a month, but then did a whole range of charity evenings throughout the year - one of them at a high-security prison! I learned to read music through playing the recorder from an early age, and as a teenager was still playing descant and treble recorder at a level which allowed me to compete in county-wide competitions.
I taught myself the piano, and enjoy that very much, but would never feel confident to play in public! I can only play whilst reading the music, although my dearest wish would be to be able to busk!
I'd love to be a pianist who could sit down at the piano with everyone having a sing-song around me! I can do a pretty reasonable party-piece on the concert xylophone. I learned the technique from a wonderful teacher I first met at junior school, but he taught me well and we often did duets at concerts when I was younger. You're coming to Coventry for Mothering Sunday.
Which hymn would you choose for your mother? Why that particular hymn? We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you're having problems, are down in the dumps or don't like organized religion. We're not that keen on it either.
We offer welcome to those who think the Earth is flat, work too hard, don't work, can't spell, or are here because Granny is visiting and wanted to come to the cathedral. We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids or got lost on the Ring Road and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters and you.
FLEMING: Well, it's a slightly convoluted story, to be honest, because a few years ago, long before I came to Coventry, somebody sent it to me from - a friend in the States - and said, this sounds like you, Kathryn. And I kept it and included it in a sermon in as a kind of this is where I'd like us to be heading kind of aspirational goal.
And people liked it, so we put it on the front cover of our service booklet. And it then went slightly mad. In this cathedral the altar is actually at the north end. As the cathedral was built on the site of a Benedictine monastery, there has always been a gentle Benedictine influence on the cathedral community. A number of the cathedral staff become third order lay Benedictines and there are often cathedral retreats to Burford Priory.
Since the opening of the new cathedral in there has been a gentle evangelical emphasis. This has been strengthened by the former Dean, John Irvine , who was involved in creating the Alpha Course and previously served at Holy Trinity Brompton , and also as vicar of the first Brompton church plant, St Barnabas, Kensington.
The cathedral has a strong emphasis on the Bible Template:Citation needed and aims to be a centre for good preaching and training for the diocese. It runs regular mission events such as the innovative Spirit of Life days where over 2, local residents are encouraged to explore their faith in God through Christian spirituality. The cathedral is also known for innovation in its services. As well as the expected traditional services on Sundays, Cathedral Eucharist at Sunday service with contemporary music, preaching and prayer ministry.
The Cathedral Youth Work runs Goth church and Urban Church outreach congregations for local groups of young people, an equipping and supporting cell group for youth workers within Coventry churches as well as a number of other regular groups. There continues to be a strong influence of reconciliation within the theology both vertical: reconciling people to God; and horizontal: reconciling individuals and groups.
This is present throughout the ministry of the cathedral but is most clearly seen in the International Centre for Reconciliation and the International Network of Communities of the Cross of Nails.
The reconciliation work exists locally in reconciling churches and community groups but also internationally predominantly in the Middle East and central Africa working with terrorists and dictators as well as local churches, tribes and gangs. Justin Welby then a canon of the cathedral established a special day for bereaved parents in the cathedral after the death of his own daughter. There is now an annual service commemorating the lives of children who have died.
A book with the names of lost children is on display in the cathedral and anyone who has lost a child under any circumstances can ask for their child's name to be added to the book. The cathedral stonemason, Jock Forbes, saw two wooden beams lying in the shape of a cross and tied them together.
A replica of the Charred Cross built in has replaced the original in the ruins of the old cathedral on an altar of rubble. The original is now kept on the stairs linking the cathedral with St Michael's Hall below. It was later transferred to the new cathedral, where it sits in the centre of the altar cross. It has become a symbol of peace and reconciliation across the world. There are over Cross of Nails Centres all over the world, all of them bearing a cross made of three nails from the ruins, similar to the original one.
They are co-ordinated by the International Centre for Reconciliation. One of the crosses made of nails from the old cathedral was donated to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin , which was destroyed by Allied bombing and is also kept as a ruin alongside a newer building.Visiting Choir Music Submission. We are very much looking forward to your visit. Please use this form to send us the details of your music choices. Coventry Cathedral takes its duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously. we have adopted the national Church of England’s robust procedures and guidelines.