Farewell to Bishop Robert Atwell

Bishop of Exeter farewell

A full cathedral said farewell to Bishop Robert Atwell on Sunday afternoon, 17th September. This was the service for the Diocese and County. At the end of it, the bishop formally laid down his mitre and crozier on the High Altar to mark the end of his office. Morning Eucharist had earlier seen the farewell from the Cathedral community. The bishop actually retires on 30th September. (photo: Exeter Cathedral Life, 22.9.23)


New Singing Year, New Musicians

The cathedral and choir welcome new Choristers, Choral Scholars, a Lay Vicar, Organ Scholar and Assistant Director of Music.

Choristers: Elio, Elliot, Eloise, Florence, Freya, Georga, Kokuua, Maria, Minnie and Seth

Choral Scholars: Adam Warne (Bass Decani), Benjamin Irvine-Capel (Alto Cantoris) and Jason Cobb (Tenor Cantoris)

Lay Vicar: Alice Risdon-Osborne (Alto Decani). Former alto Choral Scholar (2020-2022)

Exeter Cathedral Organ Scholar

Organ Scholar: Giles Longstaff (photo: Exeter Cathedral Milestones 6.9.2023)

Exeter Cathedral Assistant Director of Music

Assistant Director of Music: Michael Stephens-Jones (photo: Exeter Cathedral Milestones 6.9.2023)

The Senior Choristers (year 8 choristers) for the current year were invested with their ribbons of office at evensong on Sunday 10th September. Congratulations to Adam, Antoine Emanuele, Imogen, Kiah and Olivia.

Exeter Cathedral Choir - photo Claire Murfin

New floor in the Quire - Cloisters extension

Work began after Easter to remove the 1960s stone flooring and concrete foundation beneath it in the Quire. It will be replaced by underfloor heating and a new marble floor. The work has been required to remedy a problem caused by damp - the 1960s concrete is trapping in ground water, which is causing structural problems in the East end of the cathedral. The new flooring will be permeable. It is planned to complete the first stage of the work by November 2023.

All services are now in the Nave.

Construction of the new Cloisters Gallery is also well on its way, with foundations completed, as well as lower parts of the wall and work underway on higher levels.

More information at: https://www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/news-events/latest-news/writing-a-new-chapter/

Photos by Mike Dobson - Click on image to see larger version

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