Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary
07.30 - 18.00
|Sunday||Sung Mattins 09.45; Sung Eucharist 10.30; Choral Evensong 15.15|
Entrance: Free entrance but donations welcomed
Disabled: Wheelchair access through the North door
Photography: No charge but not during services
Throughout the year, booked in advance at £4.00 per adult
Tea Rooms in the 18th century Deanery, 08.30 - 16.30 Monday to Saturday
Open 10.00 - 16.30, Monday to Saturday but closed during services
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visits Officer 01634 401301
General Office 01634 843366
Director of Music
Scott Farrell (since 2008)
A boys' choir which sings the majority of the services and whose Choristers attend the King's School. A girls' voluntary choir, established in 1995, which sings one evensong a week and a weekend a month. A senior girls' choir was founded in 2004 to enable girls to continue singing once they leave the girls' choir at 14 and they sing two services a month plus major festivals. The Lay Clerks accompany all three choirs. There is also a Cathedral Special Choir formed in 1995 as an auditioned adult voluntary choir. This choir sings all three choral services on 9 or 10 Sundays during the year for holiday periods.
The organ dates back to an instrument built by Samuel Green in 1791 and was enlarged by WIlliam Hill in 1835. Hill made further changes in 1865 & 1870. This organ was moved in 1875 by J W Walker to a new case by Gilbert Scott which stands either side of the screen today. A new organ was built by J W Walker in 1905 using much of the original pipework and then they rebuilt this organ in 1957, electrifying the action but it was too big to maintain in a small space. Mander undertook a major rebuild in 1989 adding a new choir organ case and renewing half the pipes. This was upgraded in 2006.
4 manual 64 stops: Pedal 17 stops, Choir 8 stops, Great 15 stops, Swell 14 stops, Solo 10 stops
Very Revd Dr Philip Hesketh (since 2016)
Rt Revd James Langstaff (since 2010)
Rochester is England’s second oldest Cathedral having been founded in 604 AD by Bishop Justus. The present building dates back to the work of the French monk, Gundulf, in 1080. In 1215 it was plundered and later desecrated and it was damaged by Cromwell's soldiers in 1642. Major restoration work was carried out by George Gilbert Scott in 1872 and the 1400th anniversary was celebrated in 2004.
FCM at Rochester
FCM Diocesan Representative
FCM National Gatherings
1965, 1990, 2004