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Voices of the Metropolitan Cathedral – Hope Street Listening Trail

Til 30 June

Free entry. For more information visit: www.voicesofthemet.com

Voices of the Metropolitan Cathedral is a fascinating audio trail that will take you on a journey along Hope Street. Follow the trail across five locations – the Hope Street Hotel, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, the Everyman Theatre and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Along the way, you’ll discover audio tracks that recount a range of memorable anecdotes and memories from the Metropolitan Cathedral’s rich history. Voices of the Metropolitan Cathedral has been created by the award winning arts and heritage specialists METRO-BOULOT-DODO in partnership with the Cathedral.


Cathedral Flower Festival – Cathedral Life: A Floral Tribute

2-5 June

10.00am – 4.00pm. Free entry

To celebrate our Golden Jubilee weekend the iconic interior of the Metropolitan Cathedral will be transformed by a dazzling array of floral displays themed around Cathedral life. Join us for a glorious day out, and enjoy homemade refreshments in the Gibberd Room whilst viewing over 20 displays designed by award winning florists from across the region.


Pentecost Jubilee Mass

4 June

Start 11.00am. Free entry

This Jubilee Mass, which takes place on the Feast of Pentecost, will officially mark 50 years of the Metropolitan Cathedral. Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP will preside at this Festival Mass and will be joined by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, guest preacher, who will be returning to his home city to celebrate with us, along with many of the priests who have served at the Cathedral over the years. All are welcome to attend this joyful Mass of thanksgiving.


Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra presents “Gloria”

10th June

Start 7.30pm. Tickets £25 available from: Philharmonic box office 0151 709 3789. www.liverpoolphil.com

We welcome the world-renowned Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to present Sir James MacMillan’s Gloria. Undoubtedly the most high-profile composer of religious music in the country today. Sir James MacMillan originally wrote Gloria to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the consecration of the new Cathedral in Coventry and will conduct this concert. Written for a leading tenor soloist, Ian Bostridge sang in that first performance, and will also appear at this special concert to celebrate our own jubilee. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, joined by the choirs of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral will surely raise the roof with an evening that promises to be glorious.


Nugent: Cathedral Golden Jubilee Good Shepherd Mass

15 June

Start 1.00pm. For more information visit: www.wearenugent.org

This Mass for children, which is organised by Nugent, will be celebrated by Bishop Thomas Williams with students and teachers from Archdiocese schools and colleges. The theme of the Mass is #LiveOutLove which celebrates the faith in action of our young people and the continuous service that they give to help the most vulnerable people in the Archdiocese in the spirit of Fr James Nugent. At this Mass we’ll give thanks for the huge fundraising efforts of our schools and colleges who raise money throughout Lent, in support of the Good Shepherd Fund. Music at the Mass will be led by a 1000 strong choir of children from across the Archdiocese.


Noye’s Fludde – Benjamin Britten

13 July

Start 7.00pm. Tickets £7.50

Tickets available from: The Cathedral Gift Shop or www.ticketsource.co.uk/lpoolmetmusic

A one-act opera by the British composer Benjamin Britten, Noye’s Fludde was first performed in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral in the Jubilee year of 2000. Based on the 15th century Chester ‘mystery’ or ‘miracle’ play which recounts the Old Testament story of Noah’s Ark this production will be presented by musicians from the Cathedral and schools across the Archdiocese of Liverpool. The large children’s chorus represents the pairs of animals who march into and out of the ark, and proceedings are directed by the spoken Voice of God, played on this occasion by the Most Rev Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool.


A New Cathedral, 1960: Designs from the architectural competition

for Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

24 July – 3 September

Start 10.00am – 4.00pm. Free entry

This exhibition will bring together for the first time a selection of submissions from the 1960 architectural competition for Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. As one of the major architectural competitions of the post-war period, it attracted international attention with 299 entries from around the world. This unique exhibition, which has been produced by Liverpool John Moores University, will also include newly commissioned physical models of key schemes. Located within the main entrance porch of the Cathedral this will be an opportunity for the public to see some of the alternative designs, with contemporary reflections upon their merits.


The Sixteen – Choral Pilgrimage

22 September

Starts 7.00pm. Tickets £16 available from: www.ncem.co.uk or call 01904 651485

The Sixteen – probably Britain’s most beloved choir, under the direction of Harry Christophers – return once again to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral for their annual Choral Pilgrimage. Each year they feature different composers and this year pair Poulenc and Palestrina. Poulenc’s choral music was all written after 1936 when the tragic death of a close friend led to a religious epiphany. Its seriousness and intensity contrast with his more frivolous secular style, but these works make perfect compassion pieces for the pure counterpoint of the great Renaissance master, Palestrina.


Liverpool Welsh Choral

4 November

Start 7.30pm

The Liverpool Welsh Choral Union (as it is known) took part in the opening concert of the Cathedral in 1967. In recognition of this, we are delighted that they have accepted the invitation to participate in our anniversary celebrations. Directed by conductor Keith Orrell, the choir’s programme includes Lux Aeterna and Sure on this Shining Night by American composer Morten Lauridsen, Sleep by fellow American Eric Whitacre, Gorecki’s Totus Tuus and The Five Spirituals from Michael Tippett’s A Child of our Time, together with organ solos performed by Stephen Hargreaves.


Requiem – Mozart

15 November

Starts 7.00pm. Tickets £20/£10 tickets available from: The Cathedral Gift Shop or www.ticketsource.co.uk/ipoolmetmusic

Joining together in concert for the first time ever, the choirs of Westminster Cathedral and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral perform Mozart’s sublime Requiem. Composed in 1791 but unfinished at his death, Mozart’s Requiem has captured the imagination of audiences worldwide since its first performance in 1793. Much of the intrigue surrounding the work is centered around exactly how much of the Requiem Mozart himself composed, and how much was completed by his students. Directed by the Cathedral Director of Music, Christopher McElroy, the choirs will be accompanied by the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra.


John Piper at Tate Liverpool

17 November – 18 March 2018

Tickets £10 available from www.tate.org.uk

See John Piper’s work in a whole new light, as Tate Liverpool presents a case for his role as a European modernist in Britain. The English artist John Piper (1903-1992) designed much of the stained glass within the Cathedral, including its famous Lantern Tower. Piper was renowned for his extraordinary diverse practice that embraced landscape, architectural and abstract compositions, as well as his theatre and stage sets for Benjamin Britten. Presenting more than 50 works including painting, relief, collage and photography, this exhibition offers a fresh look at the work of this versatile artist showing how Piper’s work fused the innovations of the European avant-garde with a powerful sensitivity to Britain and its history.


Christ the King – Solemn Mass

26 November

Start 11.00am. Free entry

Our Titular Feast of Christ the King marks the end of the Liturgical Year. At this Solemn Mass we will come together to mark the conclusion of our Jubilee Year and to call on God’s blessing for the challenges that lie ahead as we embark on the next stage of our Cathedral’s journey. Our Choirs will be joined by many former Cathedral Choristers from the last fifty years, All are warmly welcome to attend.


Jubilee Organ Recitals

Tickets £5 per recital. Tickets available from:

The Cathedral Gift Shop or www.lpoolmetmusic

As the Cathedral reaches its 50th Anniversary, so does its famous Grand Organ. Built by Walkers and completed just hours before the consecration in 1967, it has since been played by some of the most celebrated organists in the world. This year, we’ll pay tribute to the Cathedral’s

much-loved Grand Organ in a special series of 50th anniversary recitals alongside our regular Summer series

of organ recitals.

1 May, 3.00pm

Martin Baker - Westminster Cathedral

29 May, 3.00pm

James Luxton – Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

16 June, 7.30pm

Johann Vexo – Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

7 July, 7.30pm

Ian Tracey – Liverpool Cathedral




The Concerts Society Jubilee Programme

20 May

7.30pm Time and Tide

A wide-ranging concert reflecting composers’ responses to the passing of time.


A Tribute to the Cathedral’s 50th Anniversary

24 June


To focus on the splendour of the Cathedral’s 50th Anniversary this concert is built around Beethoven’s grand overture The Consecration of the House and the majestic Hymn of Praise by Mendelssohn. Additionally, the Society has commissioned a number of new works from composers closely associated with the Society, the Cathedral and Liverpool. These include Robin Hartwell’s new Concertante for Solo Trumpet, Moseley’s new orchestral version of In This House and works for unaccompanied Cantana Choir by Michael Stubbs; James Smith; James Luxton (Metropolitan Cathedral) and Dr Rob Howard (St Edward’s College).


Stephen Pratt’s 70th Birthday Concert

8 July


This concert, appropriately in the Cathedral’s Anniversary year, celebrates the Society’s long-standing conductor Stephen Pratt. The chosen works reflect his musical enthusiasms and include the premiere of his Imaginary Folksongs written for the clarinetist Jacqueline Thomas and the premiere of New Year – a birthday piece by John Moseley for Stephen.



7 October


The title speaks for itself as, continuing the celebrations for the Cathedral’s special year, this concert celebrates British music in this wonderful building. A new feature is the formation of the Cathedral Community Choir, drawn from the wider Cathedral Community: an opportunity for all those associated with the Cathedral to join in the celebrations. Announcements will shortly be made regarding how to join this exciting new group.


Far from the Madding Crowd

11 November


An antidote to the stresses of daily life with music that harks back to times when most people lived in a rural setting and their lives, though hard, were less pressured and hectic. This concert will take place in the intimate surroundings of the Lutyens Crypt Concert Room.

Golden Jubilee Celebrations

It is with a great sense of joy and with many past memories that I wish to introduce the programme of events and special celebrations marking our Golden Jubilee Year


Canon Anthony O’Brien

Cathedral Dean