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Exeter Cathedral once again played host to a spectacular fund-raising dinner, with the emphasis on a new chapter, as organiser JUDITH KAUNTZE writes
The Dean and Chapter of Exeter Cathedral recently hosted the Grand Nave Dinner – a most memorable occasion when the glorious Nave was cleared, decorated with absolutely stunning floral displays and a superb dinner was served to the very fortunate guests, with hugely enjoyable entertainment rippling through the evening.
An amazing feature of this Grand Nave Dinner was the brilliance of our young Devon performers all lighting up the evening with their considerable talents. A welcoming Choral Grace was sung by the truly inspirational Cathedral Choir and Choristers followed by
(Hubert Parry), superb in every way; together with the magnificent organ accompanying throughout the evening. All a great tribute to the variety and value the Cathedral brings to Devon in so many ways.
The Exeter University Chapel Choir’s performance was truly outstanding; generating a standing ovation from the dinner guests and considerable calls for an encore. The ensemble delighted the guests with
And the Cathedral certainly faces some huge challenges on all fronts: heating, lighting, loos and sound are just part of the basic needs. Added to which the main fabric, on its massive scale, creates significant costs, together with many sections of the Cathedral and associated buildings which are facing enormous capital expenditure.
All of this coming on top of the daily running costs which are also desperately demanding in themselves. So 2019 is a new year, with a new resolution to rise to these challenges with the launch of a major appeal.
The foundations are being laid for a major appeal to raise £13million in ten years to safeguard the future of Exeter Cathedral, which is beyond doubt Devon’s greatest treasure.
As illustrated by the words of the Dean, the Very Rev Jonathan Greener, to the guests at the dinner: “This is a building of international importance and we want to open it up, brighten it up and make it a place of which the whole people of Devon are justly proud”.
The Grand Nave Dinner was thus an entrée to the main menu for the future – one in which the fine folk of Devon support their glorious Christian architectural heritage and light up the aweinspiring fabric of the building with their enthusiasm; each of us giving generously and thereby ensuring a lasting legacy which will underpin our amazing Cathedral’s future.
The Grand Nave Dinner formed the foundation of the new era at Exeter Cathedral and was kindly sponsored by Foot Anstey and Brewin Dolphin. For more information on how you can assist Exeter Cathedral contact Jill Taylor, jill.tay[email protected] exeter-cathedral.org.uk