This year on Wednesday 21st August, St Mary's will be commemorating 175 years of service as a place of Christian worship and sanctuary in our busy city.
Designed by Augustus Welby Pugin, opened in 1844 and paid for with 'the pennies of the poor', this church was built to address the needs of the rapidly increasing Catholic population of Newcastle which had been swollen by Irish immigrants in the first half of the 19th century.
In 1850 following the Restoration of the Hierarchy in England and Wales however, St Mary's was raised to Cathedral status becoming the Mother Church of the newly designated Diocese of Hexham ( later to be renamed the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle). Interestingly until the 1880s and despite being Roman Catholic, it was the first and only Cathedral in Newcastle.
An Organ recital by Jonathan Scott will take place in the Cathedral on Saturday 24th August at 7.00pm. Jonathan’s recent performances have included numerous solo recitals as well as concertos with the BBC Philharmonic, Orchestra of Opera North and Royal Scottish National Orchestra and solo appearances at the BBC proms.
On Wednesday 18 September 2019 at 7.30pm in the Cathedral Eliot Smith Dance presents an evening of bold and exciting contemporary works to captivate audiences, presented in partnership with Newcastle’s Cathedral Church of Saint Mary as part of their 175th Anniversary.
Portraits of Courage is a powerful and historical informative dance work choreographed by Eliot Smith, which is inspired by the genius and courage of; William Armstrong, Emily Wilding Davison and George Stephenson. This performance includes the premiere of a new portrait inspired by Saint Oscar Romero.
Picking up where The Rite of Spring left off, After The Rite is a powerful solo piece exploring death and resurrection.
This performance also features a post-show discussion, where you can ask any burning questions you might have.
Price: £8 concession available
Tickets can also be purchased from Pauline Book Shop or Cathedral Cafe.
On Thursday July 11th the Cathedral was delighted to host the sixth Cardinal Hume Memorial Lecture delivered by Catherine Pepinster. Her chosen theme ’A migrant, pilgrimage people - how the Catholic revival shaped the Church today’ was most relevant to us both currently and historically, and indeed she crafted her talk
using many references from our own records. This was much appreciated by the audience who came from all corners of the diocese. A hugely successful evening, thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thank you again Catherine!
‘A migrant, pilgrimage people - how the Catholic revival shaped the Church today’
Listen to Lecture:
On Saturday 18 May we were open for the Late Shows where visitors spent time experiencing the beauty and history of the Cathedral. The evening was led by the extremely well informed Newcastle City Guides in the roles of Bishop Riddell, Fr Worswick, members of the Dunn Family and a soldier from the Tyneside Irish Brigade along with many others. It was a very memorable evening when visitors were also shown around the organ gallery and watched a ‘timeline’ slideshow of the Cathedral. The evening was very well attended and very much enjoyed by all those who came to visit. We extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to the city guides and to our own committed volunteers who worked hard to make the evening a success.
1844- 2019 Some Key Events in our history:
We are delighted to report that the evening of praise, worship and adoration, featuring a concert with Matt Maher followed by benediction, last Thursday evening was a resounding success. We were very honoured that we were chosen as only one of two venues in the whole of the UK to host a performance.