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Future events

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Book sale

The next book sale will take place on 15 October from 11.00am to 4.30pm with coffee, tea and cakes.

Upcoming concerts

There are regular concerts at St Botolph's, some free and some ticketed, some at lunchtime and others in the early evenings and/or at weekends.  These will re-start in September after the summer break.

Our last concert was a wonderful piano recital to celebrate the new piano at St Botolph's and to launch our fundraising efforts for this.
 

Sunday, 17 July 2022 - 3.00pm Inaugural piano recital, by Nathan Williamson

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Celebrating the new piano at St Botolph’s, the150th anniversary of Ralph Vaughan Williams, and the world premiere of 24 Preludes and Fugues by Christopher Brown. The programme will include music by Mozart and by Ralph Vaughan Williams, whose 150th anniversary is celebrated this year.

Nathan Williamson is a pianist, composer and artistic director. His career has led to performances at Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, De Doelen, Barbican Centre, Purcell Room, LSO St Luke’s, and the Aldeburgh, Lucerne, Bolzano and Spoleto festivals, and collaborations with artists including Claire Bloom, James Gilchrist, Guy Johnston, Arisa Fujita, Linda Merrick, The Gryphon Trio, Njabulo Madlala, Boris Kucharsky, Alexander Baillie, Ensemble Endymion, the Allegri and Sacconi Quartets, as well as working alongside numerous living composers in performances of their work.

Christopher Brown is a composer of international renown, and winner of a number of prestigious composition prizes, including the coveted Prince Pierre of Monaco Award. He was a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, and, since retiring in 2009 as a professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London, now supervises for the Music Faculty at Cambridge University. His 24 Preludes and Fugues for solo piano were composed between 2011 and 2019 and have been enthusiastically taken up by Nathan Williamson, who is recording the whole set for Lyrita, to be issued in 2023.

Tickets are £20 on the door, £15 pre-booked through Director of Music Tim Brown on tcb21@cam.ac.uk, and £5 for under 18s.

The concert also marks the inauguration of the church’s new grand piano, and the fund to raise the outstanding sum to purchase it. St Botolph’s is noted for its fine acoustic and the acquisition of a piano will enable it to contribute to the concert life of the city centre as well as providing a much-needed space for rehearsals requiring piano. This link will take you to a brief note on the Piano Fund and how you can help us grow the musical life of the church, in services and in concerts and as a rehearsal space.




The Church Calendar provides a full view of all that's currently going on.

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Hello and welcome to St Botolph's. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
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Planning your Visit

Welcome to St Botolph's 

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The following information is specifically for those planning a first visit, so that you know beforehand what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

Our services are at St Botolph's church in the centre of Cambridge (details below). On Sundays these always start at 11.00am.  We suggest planning to arrive 10-15 minutes early, especially if driving as parking spaces are in short supply in central Cambridge, and to find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by a sides person who will help you find somewhere to sit and will give you a hymn book and a prayer book, or a service sheet.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits after the service and we hope very much that you will stay for a chat. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Plan your journey: 

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access. Please let the sides person know on your arrival and they will help you. Please note access to the toilet requires a step.

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The service

Our Sunday service begins at 11am and follows the Book of Common Prayer.  On the first, second and fourth Sundays we have a Sung Eucharist.  On the other Sundays we have Choral Mattins with a said service of Holy Communion at 8am.  There will be organ music before the service and the bell will ring for about five minutes before the service starts.  All services will have a sermon from the Rector or a visiting preacher.  These usually last for around 10-15 minutes.  The choir plays a part in all services, leading hymns and sung elements of the service.  The service ends with an organ voluntary.  Many people sit and listen to this for five minutes or so.  Others will start to congregate around the tea and coffee table for a chat.
 

What about children?

We welcome children of all ages and no one should be embarrassed if young ones cry or older ones wander around.  We do not have a Sunday School so children remain in the service with their parents.  There is a carpeted area in the side chapel which is available for parents and small children who want to step away from the main church for a while.
 

Getting in touch

 
Helping with services and the life of the church

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make our services run smoothly, please let us know.  We are always looking for help with anything from flowers, to refreshments, to opening the church for visitors during the week and a hundred and one other tasks that keep the life of the community. 

 
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
 

Leadership 

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Father Stephen Anderson, Rector   Sarah Eastwood, Churchwarden
     
 
We hope that you will feel at home at St Botolph's.

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