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Category: Pilgrimages/Events

Sound and Silence in the Ecology of the Cathedral

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This interdisciplinary research project in Bristol, funded by The Brigstow Institute, brings together academics from the University of Bristol History of Art and Music departments and the Dean and Chapter of Bristol Cathedral to explore how people respond to sound and silence in the cathedral building. This will consider both the experience of those who use and visit the building today and how medieval masons, pilgrims, Chapter and choristers might have understood the place of sound and silence in their everyday lives.

Part of the project will be mapping different sounds across the cathedral building and precinct, recording oral histories, organising ‘sound tours’ and investigating what the architectural fabric says about medieval notions of sound. The research will culminate in commissioning two student composers to respond to the building’s architecture and acoustic possibilities, with live performances of their work at Bristol Cathedral in Autumn 2017.

Silence in the Cathedral - Norwich - 24th June 2019

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Monday 24th June - 7-8 pm. (Corpus Christi: the feast to celebrate the mystery and embodiment of the Eucharist.)
As the seasons of the year pass within the rhythm of the universe, we have chosen to mark with silence certain Christian seasons and festivals to celebrate and reflect on our human place in this eternal cycle. Join us for a brief but silent haven from the concerns of daily life.
The only sound will be solo music at the beginning and end of the silence. Please wear shoes with soft soles to help maintain the silence.
Admission is free, with donations welcomed.
The Labyrinth will be open from 6.30 pm (weather permitting). Convened by the Silence in the Cathedral Group.

Iona Community

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For many years the Iona Community has welcomed visitors from across the world to its residential centres on Iona but in 2018, due to an extensive upgrade and refurbishment project, both the Abbey Centre and the MacLeod centre will be closed to residential guests. However the Iona Community remains fully committed to its presence on Iona, and to the island itself – the shop and welcome centre will be open from spring onwards, and they will continue to offer worship in the Abbey church at 9.00am and 9.00pm each day, including a service of prayers for healing each Tuesday evening. There will still be a full residential programme at Camas Centre on Mull and residential programmes hosted by the St Columba – 1 during Holy Week and 3 in late autumn It is also hoped to offer some occasional programme events for those visiting Iona. Arrangements cannot be finalised while the building works are still in progress, but information will be published on the website and all events will be widely advertised around the island.

Heritage Open Days - England

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Every year for four days in September, large and small places across England open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history.

Open Doors Wales

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Organised by Cadw during September, Open Doors offers the chance to explore the hidden treasures of Wales’s culture and history. See the website for details.

Pigs Whisker Music

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Robin and Bina Williamson, formerly members of the Incredible String Band, have given concerts in SPPs and are interested in supporting SPPs in this way.

The British Pilgrimage Trust

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The British Pilgrimage Trust aims to revive the British pilgrimage tradition of making journeys on foot to holy places, promoting British pilgrimage as a healthy and inclusive form of spiritual green tourism to new and established markets, global and national.

A pilgrim blog

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Andy Delmerge blogs about his pilgrim travels. He came to the SPPN AGM in Abergavenny while walking the Cistercian Way - "The Small Pilgrim Places is one of those things that does what it says on the tin." - see his entries in December 2016. Not sure we have ever been described like that before!

Cymru Sanctaidd/Sacred Wales

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The churches and chapels of Wales are some of the most beautiful religious buildings anywhere in the world. Sanctaidd - Sacred Wales, gave you the opportunity to choose your favourite. See which won - it wasn't one of our Small Pilgrim Places but SPP St Tanwg, Llandanwg, did get into the top ten!

Hillwalk Tours - Camino de Santiago

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Hillwalk Tours design self-guided hiking tours in Ireland, Scotland, England and along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. They offer tours for 2018 along the final 160km of the famous Camino Frances trail - the most popular route of the Camino de Santiago.

R S Thomas Literary Festival, Aberdaron

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The annual RS Thomas Literary Festival celebrates RS Thomas in the Welsh seaside town where he was vicar and wrote some of his best poetry. The 2019 Festival will be from 20th-23rd June, with speakers, poetry, workshops, music, art and poetry as well as a chance to explore the surrounding landscape. Details on the website.


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Journeying is an ecumenical organisation which takes small groups on holiday in an informal Christian ambience to the more off-the-beaten-track parts of Britain and Ireland. Its origins lie in Celtic spirituality and most of the trips still reflect that approach. Pilgrimage has been part of the story from the earliest days and that aspect continues to form a thread woven through all that they do.

"Our purpose is to provide inspiring holidays that enable people to venture out, leave the ‘every-day’ - and connect with God in creation, in each other and in ourselves."


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