The Cathedrals Group Residential Conference and Choirs Festival 2020

26 March 2020 14:00 -

Carlisle Cathedral

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University of Cumbria is delighted to be hosting the Cathedrals Group Residential Conference and Choirs Festival 2020.

Taking place over three days from 26-28 March 2020, the programme includes the Cathedrals Group Chaplaincy Conference, the Vice Chancellor’s Conference and culminates with the Cathedrals Group Choir Festival, which sees more than 300 singers and musicians from 11 universities across England come together to perform and celebrate music.

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You are warmly invited to attend the Cathedrals Group Chaplaincy Conference 2020 hosted by the University of Cumbria.

Beginning with registration and an opening welcome session at our Brampton Road campus in Carlisle on Thursday 26 March 2020 you will then travel by coach to your accommodation right in the heart of the Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site at Rydal Hall.  After dinner, we welcome author, priest and Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey, Marie-Elsa Roche Bragg to speak on the subject of place and belonging.

Following morning prayers and breakfast on Friday 27 March we will travel to our Ambleside campus for a day of talks and activities with a range of interesting speakers before returning back to Rydal Hall. On Saturday 28 March we gather with the Cathedrals Group Vice-Chancellors’ for a joint meeting before travelling back to Carlisle. 

CG Chaplain's Conference Programme

CG Chaplain's Conference Speaker Biographies 

Delegate fees are £250 inclusive of all coach travel, dinner, bed and breakfast at Rydal Hall on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 March 2020. 

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The Cathedrals Group Choirs Festival Carlisle 2020 is shaping up well. The theme for Carlisle 2020 is ‘A Sense of Place’ and the festival will see more than 300 singers and musicians from 11 universities across England come together to perform and celebrate music.

Combined Choir Performance

Composer Will Todd will conduct the combined choir performance of Mass in Blue accompanied by his ensemble musicians. 

Vocal scores are available to purchase at £11.95 per copy from Oxford University Press. Hire copies are also available at £4.78 per copy for a three-month hire.

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In addition, we will open the performance with O Sacrum Convivium composed by University of Cumbria’s Director of Music, Jonathan Millican.

Individual Choir Performances

In line with our theme, ‘A Sense of Place’, we would welcome repertoire that aligns to our place in the urban or rural landscape, communities and belonging. We are also keen to respect the spiritual place where we will be performing and we ask this be considered when choosing repertoire. The music may be sacred or secular and we request that the individual piece lasts no longer than four minutes. Piano or organ accompaniment can be provided.

CG Choir Festival Outline Programme

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You are warmly invited to attend the Cathedrals Group Vice Chancellors' Conference from Friday 27 March through to Sunday 29 March. 

Friday’s session will begin at 4 pm (registration from 3 pm) at the Crown Hotel, Wetheral and will conclude with a private dinner held in the hotel. Following breakfast on Saturday morning, you will be transported to our Ambleside campus, which sits right in the heart of the Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Saturday’s meeting will include a joint session with the Cathedrals Group Chaplains as well as lunch on campus. The meeting will draw to a close at 1.30pm and colleagues will be offered the opportunity to spend a couple of hours exploring the picturesque village of Ambleside (further details to follow) before returning to Carlisle at 3.30pm.

Following an early evening dinner at Rickerby Retreat you will head to Carlisle Cathedral for the Choirs Festival, after which you will be transported back to the Crown Hotel, Wetheral.

Programme VC Conference PDF

Delegate fees are £300, inclusive of all coach travel, accommodation and meals for Friday 27 and Saturday 28 March 2020.

Booking is now open and can be made via our online shop.

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