Arts, Events & Exhibitions

Catholic actors Christmas celebration at Allen Hall

Claire Higgins, Richard O'Callaghan and Jane Spencer-Pryor

Michael Slater and Actors' Chaplain Fr Allan Robinson hosted the annual Catholic Association of Performing Arts (CaAPA) Christmas dinner on Friday evening. Judge Nicholas Hillard QC, and Mgr Vladimir Felzmann Chairman of the CaAPA board of trustees were among the guests.

Fr John Warnaby gave an entertaining after-dinner address, which was followed by a salutation to the Queen and the Pope...

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London: Oratorio - The Childhood of Christ - Flight and Refuge

The Scherzo Ensemble will be performing an oratorio by Hector Berlioz: L'Enfance Du Christ, in French, (The Childhood of Christ), at three London venues next week: Tuesday, 12 December at The Oratory; Thursday 14 December in Holy Trinity, Rotherhithe; and on Saturday 16 December, in King's College. The work tells a story of King Herod's persecution of...

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Play: Trestle

Gary Lilburn and Connie Walker

Trestle, this year's winner of the Papatango Prize for new writing, is a play for our times: it resonates with an ideal close to Pope Francis's heart - the need for meaningful human encounter.

The characters in this two-hander are Harry, a mid to late sexagenarian widower, and slightly younger Denise, who teaches Zumba. Their encounter occurs in a Temperance Hall in a Yorkshire village.

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Sheffield: Festival of Angels at St Marie's Cathedral

St Marie's Cathedral in Sheffield will be celebrating the start of Advent by launching a special community Festival of Angels. There are more than 200 beautiful and decorative Angels inside and on the outside of the Cathedral, which was built in 1850 and features design work by the renowned Victorian architect AW Pugin.

The largest Angel in the Cathedral is the stunning Guardian Angel, do...

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The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca and Hedda Gabler in Hull

Helen Carter in Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca

Lillian Bilocca was a fisheries worker who led a women's campaign for improved safety in the fishing fleet. She was spurred to action following Hull's triple trawler tragedy of 1968 which claimed 58 lives. Bilocca led a direct campaign to prevent undermanned trawlers from putting to sea, gathered 10,000 signatures for a petition, and secured governmental implementation of all the measures outli...

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London: Creativity and Spirituality day retreat

Healing with Divine Love is the theme of this Saturday's Creativity and Spirituality's day retreat - the last in the series for 2017.

This retreat will focus on the healing attributes of Divine Love and the many different ways we can utilise this grace. We'll start with Divine Love as a help to heal aspects within ourselves, do a meditation to share Divine Love with another and finally, t...

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London concert: Karol Szymanowski Stabat Mater

The first concert of Highgate Choral Society in the concert season 2017 - 2018 will take place on Saturday 11 November 2017 at 7pm. The concert will begin with an orchestral piece: Karol Szymanowski: Etude, Op 4 No 3 (orchestrated by Ronald Corp). The main piece in first half is Karol Szymanowksi's Stabat Mater, Op 53. In the second half of the concert Highgate Choral Society, solists and orche...

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New puppet play explores Catholic themes

A puppet play which explores Catholicism's ethical imperative to love the stranger and welcome the immigrant is currently touring in the UK. Shakespeare versus Moliere is performed by two puppet theatre companies, one French, one British. Two performances for one day only in London next Wednesday 8th November at 1pm and 7.30pm, Little Angel Studios, London:

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Ireland: 'Art as a Doorway to the Divine' workshop at Knock Shrine

There are many beautiful and unique pieces of art in the grounds and churches at Knock Shrine, from the intricate sculptures of Irish Saints in the grounds to the decorative Harry Clarke windows in the Parish Church, there is a wealth of architectural and decorative features to reflect the religious culture of Knock Shrine. To discuss some of the more prominent artworks at the Shrine...

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Exhibition of images from Stanbrook Abbey

Mother Abbess Andrea walking in Stanbrook Abbey

An exhibition of photographs by Mike Swift, of Stanbrook Abbey, a community of Benedictine nuns in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, is taking place today, Thursday 26 October at St Mellitus Anglican College in west London, as part of the 2017 Church Architecture Awards.

Stanbrook Abbey Church, a spectacular new building designed by architects Feilden Clegg and Bradley Studios, won...

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Review - Gunpowder - episode one

Kit Harrington as Robert Catesby

Well I sat down to watch the first recorded episode of 'Gunpowder' with my feet up, a cup of tea in hand and a slice of my neighbour's Diwali cake at the ready. But it proved to be less entertaining than graphically gory. Did we really need to witness the details of public executions early seventeenth century style? I needed a break half way through before steeling the nerves for the second hal...

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Exhibition: 'Keep Me Safe' opens at Farm Street

l-r: Fatima,  Sr Natalia with artist Marguerite Horner

'Keep Me Safe' - an exhibition of paintings by Marguerite Horner evoking memories of the Calais Jungle Refugee Camp was launched at Farm Street last night. Ms Horner's stark monochrome images, painted in oil on linen - of shelters improvised from sheets of polythene and scrap wood, and figures against stark winter landscapes - bring home the harshness of conditions in the camp.

A parishio...

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London exhibition: 'Keep Me Safe'

'Keep Me Safe' - an exhibition of paintings by Marguerite Horner from the Calais Jungle Refugee Camp takes place this week (24 October - 1 November) in the Ground Floor Gallery, Farm Street Church Hall, Mayfair, London.

The exhibition opens on Tuesday evening 6.45-8.30pm, with presentations by the artist and visitors to the Jungle on behalf of the churches: all from Farm Street & Moun...

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Ukrainian troupe performs at Christian Resources Exhibition


A young Ukrainian music and dance group were given a standing ovation yesterday, after performing at the Christian Resources Exhibition before embarking on a packed three-week tour of England. The colourful group - Zozulenka - are in Britain under the auspices of Southampton-based charity Hope Now, which has spent 25 years helping the country, struggling from war and years of political upheaval...

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