Southwark Cathedral stands at the oldest crossing point of the tidal Thames at what was the only entrance to the City of London across the river for many centuries. It is not only a place of worship but also of hospitality, welcoming all. Activities during the Festival include a Prayer Labyrinth and outdoor chess set. Enjoy the two open spaces on both the Market and Riverside of the Cathedral with Pimms, prosecco and barbeque on offer.
Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir: Live in Southwark Cathedral
Tuesday 1 September, 3.15pm - 4pm
Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir perform gospel classics and contemporary funky tunes in an intimate gig at Southwark Cathedral taking the Thames as their inspiration.
Totally Thames Festival Organ Recital – The Sacred River
Friday 11 September, 9pm – 10pm
A dimly lit and atmospheric evening organ recital at Southwark Cathedral given by the Cathedral’s Organ Scholar, Alexander Binns to include a commission by the young composer Lloyd Coleman.
Lunchtime Organ Recital
Monday 14 September, 1.10pm - 2pm
Lunchtime Organ Recital at Southwark Cathedral given by Joe Sentence, Organist at St Stephen's, Walbrook, Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.
Tuesday 15 September, 3.15pm – 4pm
The Principal musicians of Orpheus Sinfonia, an exceptional orchestra of talented young musicians, perform a specially chosen programme in Southwark Cathedral's beautiful surroundings, celebrating the themes of water and spirituality.
Georgian Polyphonic Choir - Shvidkatsa
Saturday 19 September , 1pm – 2pm
Popular singing has a highly valued place in Georgian culture. Polyphonic singing, in the Georgian language, is a secular tradition in a country whose language and culture have often been oppressed by invaders. Some of these songs are linked to the cult of the grapevine and many date back to the eighth century.
Sacred Rivers - Early Music from the New World
Saturday 19 September , 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Sacred Harp singing is an acapella community singing tradition from the American South. Pre-dating gospel music, over generations Sacred Harp has transformed into a rare and distinctive treat for the senses. Come and be delighted by this unique and very special form of singing: full voiced, thrilling and moving, sung by singers from the UK, Europe and America.
Lunchtime Organ Recital
Monday 21 September, 1.10pm - 2pm
Lunchtime Organ Recital at Southwark Cathedral, sacred place of worship since 606 AD, given by the Cathedral's Organ Scholar, Alexander Binns.
Lancelot Andrewes Festival 2015
Saturday 26 September, 12 Noon - 4pm
Andrewes was a great man of learning and holiness who lived locally and is buried in Southwark Cathedral. The day includes a Festival Choral Eucharist, special themed tours, a lecture given by The Reverend Dr Nicholas Cranfield and a Festival Choral Evensong to round off the day. For more information about the festival click here.