The Friends of St Davids Cathedral have embarked upon an exciting project to restore a redundant school building into an Eduation and Pilgrimage Centre for the Cathedral.
The local firm Carreg Construction have been appointed to undertake the work and Mrs Jane Chamberlain (Caroe & Partners) has been employed to draw up plans for the development and restoration of the building. The Revd Harri Williams (Secretary of the Friends of St Davids Cathedral), Mrs Jane Chamberlain and Mr Andrew Phillips (Carreg Construction) are pictured above outside the school which is located on Quickwell Hill. Work on site is due to begin on 21 November and is likely to be completed in the autumn of 2012.
The Dean of St Davids commented 'The creation of a new Education & Pilgrimage Centre will develop the cathedral's ministry, enabling us, in conjuction with the restoration of the Shrine of St David, to turn visitors into pilgrims.' Please click here for the full press release.
St Davids Cathedral welcomed Mr Daniel Cook, its new Organist and Master of the Choristers, at the beginning of November.
'I wish Daniel and his family every blessing as they settle into the cathedral community' said the Dean of St Davids, The Very Reverend Jonathan Lean. 'I am looking forward to this new and exciting chapter in the musical life of the cathedral and am supremly confident that the high standards set by our previous distinguished organists will be built on with great success.'
Please click here for further details about Mr Daniel Cook.
It was a delight to welcome so many Friends to the annual Friends of St Davids Cathedral Festival which was held over the weekend of 9-10 September.
The first day of the festival included the Annual General Meeting, afternoon tea, evensong and a reception and dinner. Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch (Professor of the History of the Church at the University of Oxford) was the guest speaker at the Annual General Meeting. He is pictured above with the Secretary of the Friends (Revd Harri Williams), Bishop Wyn Evans and Dean Jonathan Lean.
The second day of the Festival included a Solemn Choral Eucharist, at which the celebrant was Bishop Wyn, and concluded with a reception in the North Transept. The preacher at the Eucharist was the Revd Canon Dr Paul Roberts (Director of Anglican Formation at Trinity Theological College, Bristol).
The Dean and Chapter are pleased to announce that Mr Daniel Cook, Assistant Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral, has been appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at St Davids Cathedral.
The Dean of St Davids said 'I am delighted that Mr Daniel Cook has accepted our offer to be the new Organist & Master of the Choristers here at St Davids Cathedral. I look forward immensely to welcoming him and his family to St Davids in November as we begin this exciting new chapter in the musical life of the cathedral.'
Please click here for the full press release.
Miss Llywela Harris - Lady Chapel, Easter Day
Easter Sunday at the Cathedral marked the retirement of Miss Llywela Harris as Parish Organist of the Cymun Bendigaid service. Following the morning service a presentation was made to Llywela by the Bishop of St Davids. The Right Reverend Wyn Evans spoke of Llywela's dedication in playing for the Welsh Eucharist for over 17 years and presented her with a bouquet of flowers, cheque and booklet containing her late father's hymns.
Llywela's connection with the Cymun Bendigaid dates back many years. She was appointed Parish Organist in 1994 and this was a role her mother had previously undertaken between 1968 and 1973. Her father's hymnal, Emynau'r Eglwys, is also used during this service.
On Easter Sunday Llywela said: 'Having celebrated my 80th birthday this month I feel that now is a sensible time to hang up my organ shoes. Thank you all very much for your 'musical hospitality' - it has been an immense pleasure and satisfaction to be part of such a lively and musical congregation.'
Llywela's dedication to Welsh church music was also celebrated on the 9th of April at Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno where she was presented with the Honorary Archbishop of Wales' Award for Church Music.
'Thank you Llywela for your commitment as Parish Organist of the Cymun Bendigaid for many years - it has been greatly appreciated by us all here at the Cathedral.' The Very Reverend Jonathan Lean, Dean of St Davids
The solemnity of the Holy Week services, and the response from the faithful, made for a joyous and happy Easter celebration at the Cathedral this year.
Walk of Witness - Good Friday
A number of events such as Stainer's Crucifixion, performed by Cantorion Tyddewi, the Diocesan Chrism Eucharist and a walk of witness through the City of St Davids, entitled The Way of the Cross, provided an opportunity for us to consider the importance of the passion.
Diocesan Chrism Eucharist - Maundy Thursday
We were delighted to welcome Bishop Wyn Evans to several of the services and events and particularly at his presiding of the Confirmation on Easter Eve.
Bishop Wyn with the confirmation candidates - Easter Eve
Easter Day saw a gathering that reflected the joy which Easter offers all Christians and filled us with the spirit of hope realised in our Lord the resurrected Jesus.
Choral Eucharist - Easter Day
It was a pleasure to welcome the stewards of the Guild of St Andrew to Choral Evensong on Wednesday the 2nd of February. Congratulations to Ieuan Anthony, Elizabeth Hughesdon, Harry Jacques, David Rees and Ian Taylor who were all admitted as stewards of the Guild.
Congratulations to Rev'd Jeffrey Gainer, who was installed as a Canon, and Rev'd Brian Witt, who was licensed as an Honorary Canon, at Choral Evensong in the Cathedral on the 13th of January.