From a Platinum Jubilee Concert to A Right Royal Family Day, there is lots happening at Norwich Cathedral to celebrate HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
In celebration of Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne, a different event will take place every day of the four-day June bank holiday weekend. Below are the key details on each of the events.
Thursday 2 June
A Right Royal Family Day
A Right Royal Celebration will be the theme of the Cathedral’s special Jubilee family day and there will be lots of royal-inspired activities for primary school-aged children to enjoy.
There are two workshop programs to choose from.
Choice A: Games, Story, Craft includes jubilee-themed games, learning about the life of Queen Elizabeth and making a commemorative plate, and enjoying a range of royal-themed crafts.
Choice B: Singing Heraldry, Craft includes learning a celebration song and making a percussion instrument, designing your own heraldry, and enjoying a range of royal-themed crafts.
Tickets must be booked in advance and cost £3.50 per child for either the morning (10am-12.15pm) or afternoon (12.30pm-3pm) session.
Click here to book for the morning session
Click here to book for the afternoon session
Friday 3 June, 2pm
Battle of the Organs
Join the Cathedral’s three organists for an epic final recital before the Cathedral’s historic pipe organ is taken out of service for a 15-month restoration project.
David Dunnett (Cathedral Organist), Ashley Grote (Master of Music) and George Inscoe (Assistant Organist) will present a program of some of the best-loved organ works including Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Widor’s Toccata in Fplayed on three organs at once!
For one day only, the Cathedral’s 105-stop pipe organ will be played alongside both the digital organ temporarily replacing it and the Cathedral’s one-manual chamber organ, in a performance that promises to be entirely unique.
Admission is free and no tickets are required.
Saturday 4 June, 7.30pm
Platinum Jubilee Concert
Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir, Norwich Baroque and a cast of distinguished soloists are joining forces to present a spectacular performance of royal music by Handel in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The program will feature Handel’s four great Coronation Anthems including the famous ‘Zadok the Priest’ which has been performed at every British Coronation since 1727.
There will also be a rare opportunity to hear a complete performance of Handel’s thrilling ‘Music for the Royal Fireworks’composed by Handel in 1749 for King George II to accompany fireworks in Green Park.
Completing the musical program are the much-loved works ‘Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne (Eternal source of light divine)’ and ‘The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.’
The Platinum Jubilee Concert is being conducted by the Cathedral’s Master of Music Ashley Grote and features Katy Crompton (Soprano), Hugh Cutting (Counter Tenor) and Edward Grint (Bass).
Tickets £15-30 (£5 for under 18s in the side aisles) plus booking fee.
To book, click here or call the TicketSource box office on 0333 666 3366.
Sunday 5 June, 12.30pm-3.30pm
All are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the Cloister and Cathedral Close on Sunday 5 June from 12.30pm until 3.30pm.
For people looking to enjoy an extra special picnic, Jarrold, which runs the Cathedral’s Refectory, is taking bookings ahead of the Jubilee weekend for Jarrold Jubilee Celebration Hampers. Featuring sandwiches, scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, and traditional Victoria sponge, all freshly prepared by Jarrold chefs, the hampers will cater for up to six people and cost £60. The hampers can be booked in person at Customer Services in the Jarrold Department Store in London Street, in Norwich, or by calling 01603 660661.
The Cathedral Shop also has a unique selection of chocolate treats to choose from along with some special souvenirs to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Sunday 5 June, 3.30pm
The Platinum Jubilee Thanksgiving Service
The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham Usher, will preach at this special service giving thanks for the 70-year reign of Her Majesty The Queen.
Norwich Cathedral Choir, accompanied by the Cathedral organ and Norwich Cathedral Brass, will sing music taken from the Coronation service, including Parry’s I was glad, Vaughan William’s Old Hundredth and Walton’s Coronation Te Deum.
All are welcome at the service and no tickets are required.