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A History of Bristol Cathedral in 100 Objects
Bristol’s beautiful and historic Cathedral located on College Green was founded as an abbey in the twelfth century. It was established a cathedral in the sixteenth century, and redesigned and reconstructed again and again. This has always been a place of change, as has the music sung and played within it. Yet it is a place where the presence of God has been proclaimed in words and music down the centuries. A History of the Music of Bristol Cathedral in 100 Objects is designed primarily to be used when visiting, or dipped into as a reminder of the Cathedral’s musical delights. Although it should appeal especially to those with an interest in cathedral music, the more general visitor will find much to delight in. It includes information on all manner of musical objects from times past as well as from the present day; it speaks of organists, jazz musicians, precentors and hymn writers as well as stained glass, icons, carvings and instruments. The author has gathered together fascinating stories and notes about ‘poached’ choristers, difficult Deans, reprimanded lay clerks and renowned composers.