Jubilee celebrations at Nottingham Cathedral

Bishop Patrick McKinney greets the crowd

Source: Diocese of Nottingham

The bank holiday weekend kicked off at Nottingham Cathedral with a spectacular musical celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Extraordinary Reign. The sold-out event saw over 500 attendees gather at the cathedral, including a number of civic dignitaries and ecumenical guests from across the city and county. Sir John Peace, Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and Her Majesty’s Representative in the County was also present. It was a joy to see the cathedral so full and it certainly added to the conviviality of the celebrations.

Opening with a stunning rendition of Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’, the combined choir, organist and orchestra set the tone and standard for the evening. Mozart’s Coronation Mass followed, and then a number of pieces by Byrd, Elgar and Parry filled the second half of the evening. The ensemble of folk songs from the Nottingham Cathedral Boys and Girls Choir was particularly appreciated by those present.

The evening was blessed with good weather, allowing attendees to enjoy a glass of bubbly in the beautiful cathedral gardens during intermission. A collection was made during the interval for Emmanuel House, a local homeless charity with strong links to the Catholic community here in Nottingham, and over £1,000 was raised.

Bishop Patrick McKinney was delighted to welcome the large crowd, many of whom had never visited the cathedral before. He presented the concert “as a way of expressing our admiration for Queen Elizabeth in this year of her Platinum Jubilee”. On Twitter, the Mayor of Nottingham, Councilor Wendy Smith, thanked the cathedral for the “magnificent ecumenical concert” and added that “the delightful children’s choir made a perfect evening”. Nottingham High Sheriff Paul Southby also commented on a ‘beautiful musical celebration’ and showcased ‘a fine example of handmade streamers by local school children’ on his Twitter account. Those in attendance commented on how uplifting the concert was and how it really put the cathedral on the map.

Special thanks to Mr Gregory Treloar, Music Director, Nottingham Cathedral Choir and Girls and Boys Choirs, Derby Cathedral Lay Clerks, Mr Alexander Binns Organist and The Helix Ensemble. And a big thank you to those who sponsored the evening which would not have been possible without their support: The Friends of Nottingham Cathedral, DJ Hall Funeral Directors, AW Lymn’s Funeral Directors, The Knights of St Columba and the Parishes of St Joseph’s Leicester, Holy Spirit West Bridgford and Le Bon Pasteur, Woodthorpe.

Find out more about the Diocese of Nottingham: www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/

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