Sculpture and heritage at Chester Cathedral 2014


undefinedThe cathedral is hosting an exhibition of sculpture by Tony Evans until the end of this month. Tony specialises in animal sculptures (including the horse, pictured) and works mainly with copper and bronze. Cheshire-based Tony‘s nativity tableau was also on display at the cathedral at the turn of the year – one of an expanding programme of arts and heritage projects to be hosted there.

Now twenty spectacular sculptures – including animals and human figures –make up his impressive new display.

Former insurance agent Tony, who is from Kingsley in Cheshire, specialises in animals in action, His portrayals of nature capture the spirit and the splendour of a whole menagerie of animals – ranging from the simplicity of a frog to the magnificence of a life-size Bengal tiger.

Tony is pictured (below) with Vice Dean Peter Howell-Jones and Canon Jane Brooke by the side of his nativity scene.

The cathedral also hosted a sculpture exhibition by Jack Sawbridge, themed ‘Tension, Resonance and Light’. The pieces were made from polished wood, blown glass and musical strings, and were on display back in January.

And development work for the new Cathedral at Height visitor attraction is nearing completion – the cathedral’s first tower tour is on course to open to the public in early April.

Cathedral at Height – made possible by a grant from Cheshire West and Chester Council – has taken years to plan and seven months onsite to complete. It will allow visitors to go behind the scenes on a tour route never before accessed by the public.

Tour groups will be invited to take a journey through 900 years of history, past locked doors and via hidden rooms. They will enjoy spectacular views, medieval mysteries, ancient bells and the tale of a defeated king.

Plus there are talks, events and concerts at the cathedral on a regular basis, as well as a full programme of worship.

Coming up are …

Tuesday 15 April, 7.30pm: Holy week devotional music; Benjamin Chewter (organ) gives a concert of improvised organ music and readings for Holy Week.

Wednesday 16 April, 1.10pm to 2pm in the Cloister Room: Finding God in the City – Palm Sunday to Good Friday; the Vice Dean Canon Peter Howell-Jones gives a special Holy Week talk.

Saturday 3 May, 7.30pm: Resurrection with Wirral Symphony Orchestra and Chorus;
Schubert’s Symphony No 8 Unfinished and Mahler’s Symphony No 2 Resurrection.

Although the largest spaces in the ancient building have been designed with worship in mind, they can be regularly adapted for other purposes. With a capacity of 1500, disabled access, comprehensive PA system and flexible staging arrangements cathedral staff have been able to host concerts, drama productions, awards ceremonies, formal dining, conferences and television productions in the main body of the building.

Organisers of large scale events should first contact the Events Manager to develop their plans. Email phone 01244 324756.