Hiring the Cathedral

The Cathedral provides a magnificent setting for over 50 musical events a year, from concerts featuring national artists and orchestras, to performances by local musicians and choirs.

Our space / facilities

  • For larger concerts / performances, we offer seating in our nave and aisles for up to 1167 people, with the option of additional seating for a further 300 people behind the Nave altar
  • For smaller concerts / performances, we offer two options: seating for up to 300 people in our Quire area behind the Nave altar, or seating for up to 100 people in our North Transept

Sales and marketing services

  • The services of our professionally run, centrally located Box Office (staffed every day bar Sundays and Bank Holidays, with online sales / phone messaging service 24 hours a day)
  • On-the-day ticket sales through our Cathedral Entrance Desk from doors open until 15 minutes after your event starts, plus concert stewards, ticket-checkers and programme sellers
  • You are responsible for marketing your event – however, we are happy to supply you with an A1 promotional poster and display it onsite for 3 months beforehand, for a fee to £75 per poster (please note: you will need to supply us with print-ready artwork). You are also welcome to sell CDs, tapes and souvenirs on the day

Performer and performance services

  • Changing / storage space for up to 100 performers, plus a security service for their belongings
  • On-the-day rehearsal space from 2.00pm–5.00pm (additional rehearsals can be booked at extra cost)
  • A concert staging and assembly service, when required / booked
  • Advice / support with ensuring access for disabled people

Working with us

We want your event to be a success! In order to ensure that it all goes smoothly, we will ask you to:

  • Nominate a key contact, ideally a non-performer, for us to work with on a day-to-day basis
  • Send us a completed concert booking form plus deposit when your booking has been accepted, to
  • Take part in an event planning meeting with us 3-4 months before your event
  • Supply us with a seating plan – this can be adjusted up to 7 days before the performance, where feasible
  • Confirm your ticket pricing at the outset – we will be happy to advise you on ticket prices and price bands
  • Agree any use of your own electrical equipment, lighting or fixtures with us beforehand
  • Comply in full with our Health and Safety policy

Find out more

Download the Full Guide: Hiring the Cathedral
All about holding your concert or performance at the Cathedral

Talk to us about your hiring needs
Email Bruce Winton, Head of Operations, or call him on 01962 857208