Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 3rd February 2019

Music and Mental Health

The beginnings of written-down music was within ancient Christian liturgy. This most beautiful of all music, plainsong or Gregorian chant is the foundation of all Western Music. With roots in the Jewish faith, it is a music idiom that transcends time and still inspires composers today who will weave its shape into contemporary works. And of course it is still sung world-wide within the church services in the Anglican and the Roman tradition.

Canon Peter asked me if I’d write about Music and its relationship to mental health, to which my response was; can you imagine having to work with me if I didn’t have music in my life!

That great trumpeter and happiest of souls, Louis Armstrong wrote that “Music is life itself”. Music keeps me sane. Music helps hold me in balance. I’m blessed to work in a job that is framed by music. Our weekday 8am rehearsals with choristers is a gloriously enthusing 2050way to start the working day; the opportunity to play or practice our mighty Cathedral Organ or tiny Chamber Organ and practically every day concludes with the chance to make music to the glory of God with our Choristers, Choral Scholars, Lay Clerks and fellow Organists.

But we should all find space in our lives for music. Music that can inspire, relax, enthuse, energize, calm and even sometimes to channel anger or pain. It is in music that a path to the divine can be found. It is in music that we might find peace.

David Price

Organist and Master of the Choristers


Welcome to Richard Frost MBE, our guest preacher at the 10.30am Eucharist service. Richard is founder and coordinator of Mindful Employer, a National Mental Health Initiative and is also a Lay Reader in the Diocese of Exeter. He joins us this morning as part of our Annual Theme - ‘Living Well’.

Pete Codling ‘Soup of Souls’ Exhibition in the Nave until 26th February. A dramatic exhibition of ‘Time’ themed charcoal drawings by Pete Codling, who spent time in the Cathedral last year during the Arts Council funded residency.

The List and new Events List are available in the Cathedral or on the website.


Canon Peter Last week, the Bishop announced Canon Peter’s appointment as the next Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight. There will be an opportunity to say farewell to Peter before he takes up his new role after Easter, please include him and Mark in your prayers as they prepare to move. For more information please visit https://bit.ly/2GcHUaK.

Fish and Chip Quiz Night Many thanks to all those who supported last week’s quiz. A total of around £500 was raised for Solent Mind.


Electoral Roll and Election of new lay members of Chapter Every six years we are required under Church Representation Rules to completely revise the Electoral Roll. The renewal is due this year and everyone who wishes to be on the roll has to apply. Individual letters for those already on the roll and spare copies are in the Welcome Area to collect. At this year’s APCM to be held on 28th April, there will be an opportunity to take part in the election of two lay members of Chapter. Chapter is delighted that this will give the Cathedral Community a greater voice in the governance of the Cathedral. If you would like to know more about the process for election and this important role, please join Canon Peter after the 10.30am Eucharist on Sunday 3rd March.

Cathedral Outward Giving Every three years, the Cathedral reviews its outward giving. If you would like to take part in the discussion about the principles and the recipients, please join Canon Nick Ralph after the 10.30am Eucharist next Sunday.

Electoral Roll Officer Nick Speller, our Electoral Roll Officer is standing down this year. If you would be interested in this important elected role please contact Canon Peter or the Chapter Clerk through the Cathedral Offices.

Organ Recital – David Price 7.30pm Thursday 7th February at St Mary’s Church, Portsea in aid of St Mary’s Organ Project.

Portsmouth High School Gala Concert 7.30pm Tuesday 12th February. Tickets £6 and available by contacting Helen Harris 023 9282 6714 or http://www.portsmouthhigh.co.uk/events .

Skittles Evening 7.30pm Friday 29th March at the Royal Maritime Club, a return match between the Cathedral and Gunwharf Quay Residents. Please contact Ann Wilson for details ann.wilson6@ntlworld.com.


‘Far from the Home I Love’ A special concert by Margaret Fingerhut 7.30pm this Monday, to raise awareness of refugee needs and to raise funds for the City of Sanctuary refugee groups (https://cityofsanctuary.org/about/). More details and tickets http://bit.ly/2QKD6uU .

Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday. Martin Smith and Chris Coote (euphonium and piano). Retiring collection. Refreshments from 12.30pm.

Craft and Chat 2.30pm this Thursday in the Bishop Kenneth Room. New members to this informal group welcome.

Handel’s Messiah 7.30pm Saturday 2nd March. Tickets for the performance by the Cathedral Choir and The Capelle Baroque Orchestra are now available from the Cathedral Shop and Eventbrite.

Living Well – Please join us as we continue to explore wellbeing and mental health through a range of events and services including:

Symposium: Value, Place & Purpose 10.00am - 2.00pm Monday 4th March in Becket Hall. (Postponed from 28th January due to ill health). For further details and to book see https://bit.ly/2QORVfT .

Living Well in the presence of God: exploring paths of prayer and meditation for Lent 6.30pm–8.00pm Wednesdays from 13th March. A five week course led by Canon Angela Tilby, the Revd Dr Ruth Tuschling and Canon Jo Spreadbury following Evening Prayer in the Cathedral.

Installation of Dean of Portsmouth If you would like to attend the installation of the Revd Canon Dr Anthony Cane on Saturday 16th March at 4pm please email installation@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk or contact Liz in the offices.


All those in need including: Brian, Roger, Derek, Jane, Stuart, Gita, Jenny, Freya, Donald, Mandy and Robert.

And those who have died: Daphne Nicholson, Reginald Morris and John Varney (Cathedral funeral 1pm Monday 18th February) RIP.

For complete listing of this week’s notices click here

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