Below is a selection of Exhibitions, Concerts and Talks we have held at Bishop Street over recent years:-
'WONDER' OPEN EXHIBITION MAY 2017
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TALK IN THE CHAPEL: Aspects of Christmas Music. Neil Crutchley, sometime music correspondent for the Leicester Mercury, will share a further selection of Christmas pieces on Thursday 15th December 2016, 6.15-7.15pm at Bishop Street Methodist Church, Town Hall Square, Leicester. Admission free, with a retiring collection in aid of our Church organ restoration.
LEAVES / GRASS
3rd - 29th November 2016
Photographic exhibition: What Church means to me.
At the service on 14th August, when we completed our Bicentenary year, members of the congregation were invited to be photographed holding a board sharing their thoughts on “what church means to me”. The results are now on show in the Chapel Café, and a selection of the pictures can be viewed at the Art at the Chapel website.
ART AT THE CHAPEL: ‘Chinese Scrolls’: an exhibition of Chinese painting and calligraphy, is on display from 17th to 30th August at Bishop Street Methodist Church. Many of these beautiful hand-painted scrolls have Christian texts, and the exhibition is in collaboration with the Friends of the Church in China. The exhibition is free, and open during Chapel Café times: 10.00-4.00 on weekdays, 11.00-3.00 on Saturdays.If you know anyone else who might find this of interest, please pass on the details.
TOM CROSS Photography Exhibition: We are pleased to have this exciting exhibition of the photographs of Rev. Tom Cross, until 19th July, organised by Art at the Chapel. Please find an opportunity to look at the photos, of which there are framed, mounted and unmounted original photographic prints for sale. Tom developed, printed and exhibited his photos during 40 or more years as a member of the ‘Pen and Camera Club of Methodism’.
ORGAN CONCERT at Bishop Street Methodist Church
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BICENTENARY EVENTS AND DATES
(Version 4: March 2016)
16th August 2015, 10.45am: 199th Birthday Service. Preacher Revd David Vale
20th September 2015, 5pm to 7.30pm Warm-hearted Churches: a Celebration of Wesleyan heritage.
27th Sept, 10.45am Harvest Celebration, with gathering of ‘50:50’ Talents Challenge.
4th October, 6.30pm, Rugby Songs of Praise Service
1st November Chapel Anniversary, Preacher, Rev. Philip Beuzeval
Sunday 29th November, Advent Sunday and launch of Advent Jesse Tree
Sunday 16th March, 10.45am Passion Sunday, former minister, Rev. Keith Hackett
April 2016, Preaching Series on the theme of Mission and World Methodist Weekend
Sunday 17th April, 10.45am: former minister Revd Gary Hall
Sunday 8th May, 10.45am, former minister, Rev. Andrew Lunn
Sunday 15th May 2016, 6.30pm, Whitsun Celebration Circuit Service, preceded by Grand Reunion Tea
Sunday 14th August 2016, 10.45am Celebration Service of 200 years of Worship at Bishop Street
Thursday 24th September 2015, visit by Vice President, Dr Jill Barber.
Thur 12th Nov: Talk in the Chapel – Jane Austen, Methodism and God. 6.15-7.15pm
November 16th - 20th, 12.45-1.15pm Lunchtime Discussions with Members of Different Faiths, organised through Christians Aware.
Thursday 28th November, 6.15pm Talk in the Chapel: Christmas Words – Howard Smith
Thursday 3rd December, 6.15pm Talk in the Chapel: Christmas music – Neil Crutchley
Thursday 28th January 2016, 6.15-7.15: Talk in the Chapel: Haloes and Rainbows, a talk by Dr Gillian Butcher, researcher in space science in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester.
Thursday 2nd February, 6.15-7.15: Art at the Chapel Creative Service, drawing on the inspiration of the Exhibition, ‘Weaving Women’s Wisdom’, on display in the Church
Thursday 19th May, 6.15-7.15: Art at the Chapel Creative Service, drawing on the exhibition for Christian Aid Week.
Saturday 28th November 2015, 7.00pm: Beaufort Entertainers of Desford, ‘In Praise if Christmas’, a Concert in aid of the Organ Fund.
Saturday 12th December 2015, 7.30pm: The Old Dalby Singers – Christmas Concert in aid of Age UK.
Saturday 13th Feb 2016, 3.15pm Elgar Society afternoon Concert
Saturday 12th March 2016, 3.00pm Women Composers. A Piano Concert by Gillian Butcher.
Saturday 30th April 2016 6.30pm concert by Kainé Gospel Choir, including scratch ‘Bishop Street Choir’.
Saturday 21st May 2016, Nigel Ogden, Organ Concert, 3.00pm
Heritage and Social Events
Saturday 12th September 2015, Bike and Stride and Heritage Open Day
Sunday 20th September 2015: Richard Gill guided walk – John Wesley’s Leicester.
Friday December 4th: 6.15pm Church Christmas Evening Meal.
Wednesday 20th April 2016 Interfaith Pilgrimage to places of Worship in Leicester City Centre organised with Christians Aware, 10.00-4.00
Saturday May 14th: Morning Christian Aid Pentecost gathering - details to follow
Saturday May 28th: Heritage Fair, hosted by the Leicester Civic Society.
Saturday 25th June: Church Seaside Outing
Exhibition: For the whole of January 2016 we have the travelling exhibition, ‘Women’s Weaving Wisdom’. This was a project that drew together diverse groups of women in many parts of Britain, including Leicester, to produce a series of ‘Carpets of Wisdom’, and in the process learn from each other about the wisdom of their home communities, lives and faiths. In the light of current rises in religious tensions across the world-the Weaving Women's Wisdom project is a tangible demonstration that women off all faith can work creatively for peace. And produce something beautiful!
The exhibition will be open during cafe opening times, until Tuesday Feb 2nd. For more information about the weaving project, visit the Touchstone Bradford website.
Advent Exhibition: The Tree of Jesse — The Lineage of God’s Grace.
EXHIBITION: BS200: An exhibition to mark our Bicentenary, with panels on how baptism, communion, weddings, burials, and ordination have been marked over that time. Also, a section looks at the world-wide spread of Methodism through the eyes of people now based at Bishop Street with memories of Zimbabwe, Malaysia, Ghana and The Caribbean.
SAVING A CENTURY: May 27th to June 24th 2015-
This exhibition of photographs and case studies from around Britain showed examples of the best Victorian and Edwardian buildings and structures that the Society has campaigned to save, and some that have been lost. It demonstrates the Society’s success in changing public attitudes towards the architecture of the nineteenth century, and its continued relevance for the twenty-first.
ZIMBABWE ASSOCIATION ‘12 years’ touring exhibition: From August 4th to 15th 2015 we were pleased to host an exhibition featuring the stories of Zimbabwean asylum seekers in Britain.
‘12 years’ - The story of Zimbabwean asylum seekers in the UK from 2001 to 2013
is produced by the Zimbawean Association, touring Leicester, Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester.
During JULY and AUGUST 2015 there is a series of exhibition panels from Leicester Museums Service, as part of the travelling exhibition, ‘Leicester at War’, recalling events of 1915 during World War One.
Talks in the Chapel One-hour early evening talks by Richard Gill (local historian) and Miriam Stevenson (medieval art historian) on some of the less considered aspects of Richard III’s life and times,
— Tue March 24th, 6.15-7.15pm: The Royal Image: How kings were portrayed in late Medieval England, placing the now famous portraits of Richard III in the context of their times.
— Wed March 25th, 6.15-7.15pm: Richard III’s Leicester, and Pageantry and Procession in late Medieval Leicester.
— Thur March 26th, 6.15-7.15pm: RICHARD III, Man of Prayer: Richard’s personal devotional and religious practices and experience; and Leicester and Richard III: how Leicester has remembered Richard III’s burial and his connections with the town over the centuries.
Near Neighbours - Faithful Friends: Photography Exhibition: Wed Jan 28th 2015 – Tues 16th Feb 2015. Near Neighbours is a programme which works with local faith communities and small organisations to bring people of different faiths together – turning neighbours into friends. To celebrate their first year of work in Birmingham, Near Neighbours produced this exhibition of friendships featuring photographs of people who have become friends through the programme.
Charlotte Carpenter's Tea Party 28/11/14
Concert arranged by the Crumblin’ Cookie, Leicester,
Exploring Contemplative Photography. Meeting in the Café twice-monthly, 6.15-7.15 on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. All you need is an interest in using your camera creatively, an openness to share some of your images and to engage with images taken by others. Bring your camera (camera phones / compacts / DSLRs all welcome). To sign up on the ‘meetup’ site that links to this, visit: www.meetup.com/Leicester-Contemplative-Photography
Girls Brigade 100: An exhibition of memorabilia from 100 years of the Girls Brigade in Leicester
Saturday May 23rd to Friday May 30th 2014. (Open Bank Holiday Monday!)
EXHIBITION: ‘Journeys’, – a Holocaust Memorial Art Exhibition by children and young people from Leicester Schools. Formally opened on Jan 14th by Councillor Mustafa Kamal, Lord Mayor of Leicester, this exhibition displays work by Children from year 4 up to sixth-formers, as they considered themes and responses to the Holocaust. The exhibition will run until Jan 25th.
see also: www.artatthechapel.com
‘Journeys’ an Exhibition for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) by children and young people from Leicester Schools. Following our wxhinition the Artwork will be used elsewhere in Leicester and back in the schools for Holocaust Memorial Day, Monday January 27th. The Leicester HMD Committee have organised the exhibition in conjunction with the Schools Development Support Agency (SDSA) , Leicester Council of Faiths and Ruth Joy, our Art and Spirituality worker.
The young people, from junior schools up to sixth-forms, were invited to interpret the Holocaust theme through the title ‘Journeys’, which is this year’s theme for the HMD Trust nationally. Tony Nelson, Chair of the Leicester HMD Committee said: “We wanted to give Leicester children and young people an opportunity to think about the Journeys we all take in our lives and how they think about war, hatred and exclusion. We hope that the art exhibition will give young people of different ages an insight into understanding these issues and will help prompt discussions around the theme.”
Juliet Martin from SDSA explains,”We’re fortunate here in the UK; we are not at risk of genocide. However, discrimination has not ended, nor has the use of the language of hatred or exclusion. There is still much to do to create a safer future and HMD is an opportunity to continue this process.€”
The Exhibition is open during our Chapel Café opening times, 10.00-4.00 Monday to Friday, and 10.00-3.00 on Saturdays, in Town Hall Square, Leicester, LE1 6AF.Â
Sat 14th December 2013
Jill Crossland (piano)
“Magnetic, delightful”, Penguin guide to CDs.
“Well deserves her enviable reputation as a Bach pianist”,
BBC Music Magazine.
Programme to include
Bach Parita No.2
Bach Selection from the Well-tempered clavier
Mozart Fantasy in D Minor (K397),
Mozart Rondos K485, K511
7.30pm. Admission FREE, retiring collection. (Preview of a recital to be performed at The Sage, Gatehead)
Lorna James, Soprano Soloist,
as part of a national tour, will be
in concert at Bishop Street on
Saturday July 6th 1013:
‘Over the pond and back’
with Tom Henderson, piano.
Pieces by composers from Elgar to Bernstein, including Copland's Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson, Britten's Four Cabaret Songs and a new song cycle of Elizabeth Barrett Browning sonnets.
7.30pm. Tickets - £10 (£8 concessions).
Lorna will be touring to 9 different locations - the schedule is as follows (all performances 7.30pm unless otherwise stated):
University of Warwick - 16th May (1.10pm)
Leeds - 14th June
Coventry - 15th June
Manchester - 23rd June (2pm)
Leicester - 6th July
Lapworth (Solihull) - 13th July
Ledbury (Herefordshire) - 27th July (8pm)
London - 2nd August
Abingdon (Oxfordshire) - 3rd August
All details are available from http://www.lornajames.com - where you can also buy tickets.
Leicester Theatre Group presented
in The Chapel, 7.30pm, running for four nights
Wed March 20th
Thur March 21st
Fri March 22nd
Sat March 23rd
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, the musical tells an enthralling story of broken dreams, sacrifice and redemption — a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.
Pageantry of Richard III’s Leicester:
Processions, piety and play.
Thursday 28th February 2013, 6.00-7.00pm in the Church.
An illustrated talk on elements of public spectacle associated with the civic and religious life of Leicester in 1485, by Richard Gill and Miriam Stevenson.
LATE AUGUST EXHIBITION 2012- Mon 20th – Tue 28th
Steve Hammond-Evens, our artist in residence, presents
HAM AND EGGS ON PAPER AND CANVAS
to be open daily during café opening times. (nb but not open Sunday 26th or Bank Holiday Monday 27th)
EMMA PRICE ART EXHIBITION.
‘I’m influenced by modern painters such as David Hockney, particularly his portraits’ says 19 year-old Emma Price whose portraits and life studies are on show at Art at The Chapel in Town Hall Square, Leicester until Saturday 11 August. Many of the paintings were produced during the Art Foundation year which Emma has just completed at Leicester College. In September she will be continuing her studies when she starts a BA in Painting at Edinburgh University.
Steve Hammond-Evans, artist in residence at Art at The Chapel, says "Emma is a talented young artist. Her work shows subtle use of colour and grand scale. The paintings only just fit onto our massive display screens - the subjects look at you with power and mischief." The exhibition runs from 10 am to 3 pm from 4th to 11th August at Bishop Street Methodist Church where visitors can also enjoy refreshments at The Chapel Cafe.
Summer Concert at Bishop Street Methodist Church,
Saturday June 30th 2012, 7.30pm
Shakespeare in Song: with Coro Nostro Chamber Choir. A lively mix of Shakespeare song settings from different eras and music from a variety of composers, contemporary to the bard. We will be joined by Yvonne Bloor - hugely talented local classical guitarist. This was a very lovely summer evening concert of Choral and guitar music including works by Dowland, Sermisy and Monteverdi.
Leicester Heritage Fair. Leicester Civic Society, with Leicestershire Industrial History Society and the Friends of Jewry Wall Museum, plus a range of other local societies held their annual Heritage Fair at Bishop Street Methodist Church, on Saturday June 9th 2012, 10.00 to 4.00.
SPRING 2012: Lent series: Discipleship. Sunday Services and midweek study groups during April.
Summer of 2011: We took part in activities linked to BIBLEFRESH - see www.biblefresh.com
2011 was the 400th anniversary since the publication of the King James Version of the Bible and gave us an opportunity to focus the Church’s attention on the Word of God.
Our Gospel Meal was a fabulous evening at Bar Roma, Halford Street. 17 of us enjoyed a feast of Italian cooking, and a wide range of readers and translations took us through Mark’s Gospel in around 2 hrs.
BIBLEFRESH : YOUR BIBLE. Do you have a copy of the Bible which is special to you? Perhaps it has been in your family for generations or belonged to a loved one or someone who encouraged you in your faith? Perhaps you were given it at a special time in your life - a christening, a marriage or when you began work? Perhaps it is in your mother tongue? Perhaps it marks a time in your life when you made a personal commitment to follow Christ or study the Bible more. A photographic exhibition of people holding their cherished Bibles was on display during September 2011. We wanted people to see and learn how the Bible is not just another book but has a unique place in our lives.
BIBLEFRESH : OUR BIBLE. During our celebration of Biblefresh we made our own Bishop Street hand-written copy of the Gospel of John. The Sunday School began the copying and there were lots of opportunities - particularly on Sundays and at Open Church - for church members, friends and members of the public to copy out verses and record their reflections. By writing the Gospel by hand, we join the line of faithful scribes who recorded and preserved the record of Jesus's life. We also slow down to focus on the words and their meaning for us today.