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110 year old altar cross back on display at St Philip’s Cathedral.

Birmingham Cathedral’s altar cross has been restored with support from independent property company Hortons' Estate Limited.

When St Philip’s was consecrated as a cathedral a new altar cross was commissioned. The 1905 cross is a magnificent piece of art made by local art metalworker and jeweller John Paul Cooper.

Deputy Chairman, Peter Horton visited the cathedral to view the conserved cross with the Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham.

Peter Horton said: “We are delighted to have been able to facilitate the restoration of this wonderful work of art as part of our ongoing support for Birmingham Cathedral. We are well aware of the challenges of maintaining historically significant buildings such as the Cathedral and are committed to all we can to assist in this important work going forward.”

The restoration is part of the cathedral’s ongoing commitments to the fabric upkeep of St Philip’s.

The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham said: “We are delighted to have the ongoing support of Hortons’ Estate, one of our closest neighbours on Cathedral Square.

“We watch with interest as work progresses at the Grand Hotel, and take a lot of comfort in the pride and share responsibility that we have for this wonderful area of Colmore Row, within the heart of the city. Whilst Hortons’ Estates have been loyal supporters for several years, we are particularly grateful for this specific support for our 1905 cross; it is a delight to see it restored to its former glory.”


St Philip’s to lead a series of three evenings of music and drama from three centuries at three Birmingham venues.

‘Festival of Voices’ will highlight the richness and heritage of Birmingham’s past and present. Sponsored by Lloyds Bank, the trio of events will bring the story of ‘from church to cathedral’ and ‘from town to a city’ to life.

Each evening will be compared by Birmingham historian Dr Chris Upton and feature the Cathedral Choir, city school musicians and other choirs interspersed with performances and readings.

The first concert will be held at St Martin in the Bull Ring, where the church in Birmingham began …

  • The 18th century concert will start at 5pm on Saturday 28th February. Historic points from 1715 – 1815 will be highlighted with beautiful music and drama performances including the Cathedral Choir, Blue Coat School Chapel Choir.
  • 18th century music from Mendelssohn, Boyce and Maurice Green will be featured. Poignantly Handel’s Messiah will be performed. Handel produced music for the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival at St Philip’s in 1784.
  • A drama group of all ages will recreate key stories including the building of St Philip’s, Birmingham’s industrial heritage and 1791’s Priestly Riots.

    The 19th century concert will be held at the Town Hall at 5pm on Saturday 27th June. The Town Hall was built in 1834 with funds raised from concerts held at St Philip’s church. A century where the church became a cathedral and the town became a city …

  • 1815 – 1915 will be remembered with drama performances covering the Burne-Jones windows in St Philip’s, the building of the Town Hall and the death of two of its workers, the suffragette movement slashing and painting Birmingham Cathedral, WW1, Quakers in the city and the first Cadbury shop
  • A time-travelling opera performed by a selection of children from primary schools across the city
  • Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co Chorus will be performing
  • The concert will close with the audience and choirs singing Jerusalem
  • The Cathedral Choir will perform Fauré, Mendelssohn and Parry

    20th century will be celebrated with a unique performance at the cathedral at 5pm on Saturday 14th November. 1915 – 2015 will cover the bomb damage to St Philip’s during WW2, the diversity of the city, the cathedral’s organ being rebuilt and the 1974 Birmingham Pub Bombings.

    Tickets and further information can be found on the cathedral’s website Tickets are also available on for 18th and 20th century concerts and from for 19th century at the Town Hall.

    Revd Canon Janet Chapman from Birmingham Cathedral said: “We are so excited for all three events. They will bring the city’s diverse culture and history together. It will be such a great opportunity for people to learn more about the story of Birmingham through these wonderful performances.”

Canon Marcus Huxley, Director of Music at Birmingham Cathedral added: “It is a great thrill to find ourselves at this fulcrum point in the history of the Cathedral and we are enormously looking forward to celebrating the last 300 years and laying foundations for the next 300.”

A spokesperson for Lloyds Bank said: “We have supported local people, local businesses, and local communities for centuries. This support continues to receive our unwavering focus, as illustrated through our Helping Britain Prosper Plan.We are delighted to support the Birmingham Cathedral during their tercentenary year.”


The Cathedral bell ringers were very busy over the Christmas period, ringing for seven special services in addition to our normal Sunday service ringing. Without a doubt, the highlight of the all these events was being asked to ring in 2015 at the very start of the tercentenary celebrations. The heavy tenor bell was tolled through the Watch Night service up to midnight and then all 12 bells rang out as the tower was floodlit. The ringers, heard but not seen, are pictured here in the belfry before the event."

University of Birmingham History Undergraduates

We are delighted that a group of bright and enthusiastic second-year history students are working with us in 2015. They are undertaking their group research module, led by their tutor Dr Malcolm Dick, looking deeper into the cathedral archives held at the Library of Birmingham.

The students have been on a tour of the cathedral and churchyard as well as looking at source material at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and at the Library. They are studying a range of subjects such as the origins of the building of St Philip’s, changing representations of the building, memorialisation, charitable activities and the cathedral and its impact upon the locality.

The module teaches them how to undertake research, construct a history from primary sources and present their findings to an audience. This year gives the students a chance to get involved in the cathedral’s tercentenary and help discover more of its fascinating heritage. We hope to be able to hear presentations from the students at the later on in the year.