Cathedral coffee concert tackles isolation at Christmas

Guildford Cathedral Coffee Concert

A festive programme of Christmas music will fill Guildford Cathedral next Thursday – in a free-of-charge coffee concert aimed at bringing more isolated members of the community into its heart.

The concert has been organised in response to warnings from Age UK Surrey, who say over 1 million older people across Britain haven’t spoken to a friend, neighbour or family member for at least a month.

And now members of the public and local care homes are urged to take advantage of the ample parking and a convivial Yuletide atmosphere- complete with refreshments – to bring isolated members of the community to an engaging morning of festive fun, courtesy of the Music Department.

The concert starts at 11.15am on Thursday 17 December.

Volunteers, ex-choristers and staff have joined forces to offer an inspiring programme.

Katherine Dienes-Williams, Guildford Cathedral Organist & Master of the Choristers, who is behind the programme said:

”The Cathedral coffee concert series has been a remarkable success, reaching out to older people in our community who enjoy meeting together, listening to music in the wonderful space of Guildford Cathedral and engaging in conversations.

She added:”Our forthcoming coffee concert on Thursday 17 December at 11.15 a.m. will both give people the opportunity to do all these things this Christmas. They will be able to join in singing well beloved Christmas carols together and listen to a group of singers from our fantastic Cathedral Choir sing some carols for them. It promises to be a great event.”

The free Christmas coffee concert follows on from a successful 9 week summer series involving talented and highly regarded performers from the local area. The programme provided a much needed activity for the elderly within the area. One attendee said:-

“On behalf of my father’s care home, and I am sure I speak for others, I would like to say what a wonderful I experience it has been. They have come with a bus full every week from West Byfleet and has been so popular in the care home that there has had to be a rota”

The programme forms part of the People’s Cathedral Project, an ambitious initiative, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, combining urgent building repairs with an exciting community engagement programme to capture and reveal the rich heritage and history behind Guildford Cathedral.