Forthcoming Events

We host a wide variety of events at the Cathedral, you can find details of forthcoming ones below.

Tuesday evenings in Lent

Tuesday evening Lent lectures are held in the Edmund Room, St Edmundsbury Cathedral from 7 for 7.30 pm to 9 pm in our upstairs Edmund Room. 

Admission is free, with no booking required, donations welcome. 

Further details and dates for the series are below:

Tuesday 20 February, Canon Dr Jessica Martin 

The Reverend Canon Dr Jessica Martin is a Residentiary Canon at Ely Cathedral, where she has particular responsibility for outreach and education in addition to spending time working within the Diocesan Ministry team supporting the work of Initial Ministerial Education. Before ordination Jessica was a Fellow and College Lecturer in English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge and is in much demand as a speaker and writer.

Tuesday 27 February, Revd Charlotte Cook

The Revd Charlotte Cook is curate at St Mary’s Church, Walton, Felixstowe.

Tuesday 6 March, Ben Quash 

Ben Quash grew up in County Durham and Monmouthshire. He read English as an undergraduate at Cambridge, and then (as a second degree, whilst in training for ordination at Westcott House) theology. Doctoral work on the theological dramatic theory of Hans Urs von Balthasar combined these literary and theological interests. He was Chaplain and Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and a lecturer in the Cambridge Theological Federation from 1996-1999, then returned to Peterhouse as Dean and Fellow until he came to King’s as Professor of Christianity and the Arts in 2007. From 2004-2007 Ben Quash was also Academic Convenor of the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme in the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Divinity, developing research and public education programmes in Judaism, Christianity and Islam and their interrelations - and indulging a delight in Scriptural Reasoning.


Tuesday 13 March, Rupert Shortt

Rupert Shortt is Religion editor of the Times Literary Supplement and a former Visiting Fellow at Oxford University. His books include Christianophobia: A Faith under Attack (2012), Rowan's Rule: The Biography of the Archbishop (2014) and God Is No Thing: Coherent Christianity (2016).

Tuesday 20 March, Rev Canon Mark Oakley 

The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley is Canon Chancellor at St Paul’s Cathedral. He is responsible for the Cathedral's Schools & Families Department, Adult Learning and St Paul's Institute; and for the visual arts policy. Mark was educated in London and Oxford and ordained at St Paul’s in 1993. He served his curacy at St John’s Wood (1993-6), before becoming Chaplain to the Bishop (1996-2000) and later Rector of St Paul’s, Covent Garden (2000-2005). He then became Archdeacon of Germany and Northern Europe. Mark returned to London and Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, in 2008 before moving to St Paul’s. He is also a Deputy Priest in Ordinary to HM The Queen (1996-). He is Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College, London.          

Friday Lunchtime Lent

The Discovery Centre and Diocesan Respect Exhibition

From 7 March to 21 March

RESPECT 2018 is all about ‘ Choice’ and gives participants the opportunity to consider the choices we make in life. This Exhibition will continue our theme of life’s journey as part of PILGRIM 2018, a year of celebration to mark the 340th anniversary of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress.

As part of the PILGRIM 2018 project and following RESPECT 2017 (‘Journey’), which enabled us to consider life’s journey as a pathway, this exhibition is planned to represent choices we make in the face of temptations in life. Linked to the story of Jesus’ Temptations in the Wilderness for the 40 days of LENT when Christians consider make changes in their lives, it also relates to the part of Pilgrim’s Progress, when Christian and his companion Faithful experience the temptations of Vanity Fair.    


Saturday 17 March at 5.00 pm
Organ Festival Recital by Peter Wright (Organist and Director of Music at Southwark Cathedral)
Admission free with a retiring collection.
Further details about the whole Festival are available in the Festival leaflet.

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Friday 18 May 2018 

1.10pm Lunchtime Recital, Amanda Heath (Voice), Music by Head, Barber, Fauré, Dvoƙák

Sunday 20 May at 10.00 am

St Edmundsbury Cathedral Choir sing ‘Great Cathedral Music’

To include:

Victoria – Missa O Quam Gloriosum

Harris – Strengthen ye the weak hands

Ireland – Greater Love

Alexander Binns (Organ)

James Thomas (Conductor)

Tickets £6 - Apex Box Office

Tickets available on the door

Tuesday 22 May at 10.00 pm

Late Night Concert

Organ Music for Pentecost played by James Thomas and Alexander Binns

Bach two settings of ‘Komm, Heiliger Geist’ from the Eighteen Leipzig Chorale Preludes and Messiaen’s monumental Messe de la Pentecôte

Tickets £6 Apex box office

Available on the Door

Wednesday 23 May from 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm

This is an hour-long, one-woman show starring actress Alexis Leighton and explores in readings and monologues the life of Charlotte Payne-Townshend: Feminist, Fabian and wife to George Bernard Shaw. The script is drawn almost entirely from the writings and letters of Charlotte, Shaw and others in her life including Beatrice Webb, Mrs Patrick Campbell and T.E .Lawrence

Charlotte was in many ways a remarkable woman. Like Shaw, she was a Protestant from Ireland ,but born into incredible wealth, she developed a strong sense of social responsibility and was passionate about alleviating poverty and promoting Women's Education, as well as supporting the Suffragette movement. She financed the establishment library at the London School of Economics . 

Her marriage to Shaw was unconventional to say the least, and not without tribulation, but it lasted over forty years and Shaw once said he could never have married anyone else.

MRS SHAW HERSELF uses incidental music on Celtic Harp for this most unusual of Irish love-stories.


Free but donations welcome, no booking required.   

St Edmundsbury Singers 30th Anniversary Concert at 8.00 pm

The St Edmundsbury Singers (the Cathedral’s Ladies’ Choir) celebrate their 30th Anniversary this year.

James Thomas (Organ and Piano)

Alexander Binns (Conductor)

To Include:

Chilcott -  A Little Jazz Mass

Poulenc - Litanies à La Vierge Noire

Tickets £6 – Apex box office

Tickets available on the door

Friday 25 May at 1.10 pm

Lunchtime Recital            1.10 pm

Thomas Hawkes (Organ)

Music by Bach and Mozart

Admission Free/Retiring Collection

19 June to 17 August 2018

Threads through Revelation

A spectacular display of fourteen huge textile panels


For more information on this exhibition, please click here to view the poster.