Links & Resources
Sound and Silence in the Ecology of the Cathedral
Link URL: https://ecologyofthecathedral.com/
This interdisciplinary research project in Bristol, funded by The Brigstow Institute, brings together academics from the University of Bristol History of Art and Music departments and the Dean and Chapter of Bristol Cathedral to explore how people respond to sound and silence in the cathedral building. This will consider both the experience of those who use and visit the building today and how medieval masons, pilgrims, Chapter and choristers might have understood the place of sound and silence in their everyday lives.
Part of the project will be mapping different sounds across the cathedral building and precinct, recording oral histories, organising ‘sound tours’ and investigating what the architectural fabric says about medieval notions of sound. The research will culminate in commissioning two student composers to respond to the building’s architecture and acoustic possibilities, with live performances of their work at Bristol Cathedral in Autumn 2017.
Silence in the Cathedral - Norwich - 2nd October 2017
Link URL: https://www.cathedral.org.uk/whats-on/events/detail/2017/10/02/default-calendar/silence-in-norwich-cathedral-MMTTYPlLoEGbUL2tkI0Zww
Monday 2nd October 2017 6.30-8 pm
As the seasons of the year pass within the rhythm of the universe, Norwich Cathedral marks with Silence the Christian seasons and festivals to celebrate and reflect on our human place in this eternal cycle. On this occasion they will be reflecting on Michaelmas: the feast to acknowledge the angelic powers.
If attending please enter via the Cathedral’s North West door and wear shoes with soft soles to help maintain the silence, which will begin and end with solo music.
Admission free, donations welcome.
Iona Community Autumn Programme
Link URL: http://iona.org.uk/2017/06/21/autumn-encounters-weeks-2017-joint-venture-st-columba-hotel-iona-iona-community/
The Iona Community has announced a short programme for Autumn 2017 to be run in conjunction with the St Columba Hotel on Iona whilst their own centres are closed for refurbishment and maintenance work. There are 3 weeks on offer:
•‘Walking into Winter’ – a gentle week of conversation, readings, and writing with Wild Goose authors and poets Jan Sutch Picard, Joy Mead, and Ruth Burgess (21st-28th October)
• Stillness, Silence and Song’ – an unhurried week of meditation and song with Alison Adam (formerly of Wild Goose resource Group) and Cara Riley (28th October- 4th November)
•‘Cycles of Grace: Exploring the Ten Beatitudes’ – a week reflecting on how to live well, with activist and author Alastair McIntosh (4th-11th November)
Full details can be found on the website.
Heritage Open Days - England
Link URL: https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/
Every year for four days in September, large and small places across England open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history.
Open Doors Wales
Link URL: http://cadw.gov.wales/opendoors/?lang=en
Organised by Cadw during September, Open Doors offers the chance to explore the hidden treasures of Wales’s culture and history. See the website for details.
Pigs Whisker Music
Link URL: http://www.pigswhiskermusic.co.uk
Robin and Bina Williamson, formerly members of the Incredible String Band, have given concerts in SPPs and are interested in supporting SPPs in this way.
The British Pilgrimage Trust
Link URL: http://britishpilgrimage.org
The British Pilgrimage Trust aims to revive the British pilgrimage tradition of making journeys on foot to holy places, promoting British pilgrimage as a healthy and inclusive form of spiritual green tourism to new and established markets, global and national.
A pilgrim blog
Andy Delmerge blogs about his pilgrim travels. He came to the SPPN AGM in Abergavenny while walking the Cistercian Way - "The Small Pilgrim Places is one of those things that does what it says on the tin." - see his entries in December 2016. Not sure we have ever been described like that before!
Cymru Sanctaidd/Sacred Wales
Link URL: http://www.sacredwales.org.uk
The churches and chapels of Wales are some of the most beautiful religious buildings anywhere in the world. Sanctaidd - Sacred Wales, gave you the opportunity to choose your favourite. See which won - it wasn't one of our Small Pilgrim Places but SPP St Tanwg, Llandanwg, did get into the top ten!
Hillwalk Tours - Camino de Santiago
Hillwalk Tours design self-guided hiking tours in Ireland, Scotland, England and along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. They will soon be offering tours for 2018 along the final 160km of the famous Camino Frances trail - the most popular route of the Camino de Santiago. Details not yet available but you can sign up for the waiting list through this page on their website.
R S Thomas Literary Festival, Aberdaron
Link URL: http://www.rsthomaspoetry.co.uk
The annual RS Thomas Literary Festival celebrates RS Thomas in the Welsh seaside town where he was vicar and wrote some of his best poetry. The 2018 Festival will be from 29th June to 1st July 2018, with speakers from America and a special one day event of music inspired by Thomas’s poetry in Bangor Cathedral. Look out for further details on the website in due course.
Link URL: http://www.journeying.co.uk
Journeying is an ecumenical organisation which takes small groups on holiday in an informal Christian ambience to the more off-the-beaten-track parts of Britain and Ireland. Its origins lie in Celtic spirituality and most of the trips still reflect that approach. Pilgrimage has been part of the story from the earliest days and that aspect continues to form a thread woven through all that they do.
"Our purpose is to provide inspiring holidays that enable people to venture out, leave the ‘every-day’ - and connect with God in creation, in each other and in ourselves."