Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO



Upcoming Events

Organ Recital

Michael Grave with songs by Jean Grave at 12 noon on Saturday 19 October 2019 at 12.00 noon in St. Cuthbert's Chapel.

Michael Grave has been Director of Music at Whickham Parish Church, Gateshead for 44 years. During this time the choir appeared on Radio 4’s Morning Service, Tyne Tees TV and at several Cathedrals. He was a part-time alto lay clerk at St. Nicholas’ Cathedral, Newcastle for 25 years. He is the accompanist for the J&M Duo, for Jon Grave for his N.E. recitals. He has provided organ / continuo accompaniment for several local choral societies, Newcastle Cathedral Choir and has been soloist in Handel Organ Concertos. He was President of the Newcastle and District Society of Organists from 2000 – 2003. As lead singer of the Sound Proposition close harmony group he appeared nationally on TV and also on local radio and was musical director and organist for a Harvest Service broadcast on TV from Gibside Chapel. He has attended workshops with David Lowe on the “The choirmaster as a singing teacher” He has also appeared as organ soloist and accompanist for the Michelmas Singers in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle and Sczecin Castle, Poland.

  • Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565

  • Adagio in G minor on themes by Tomaso Albinoni

  • Menuetto – Impromptu

  • Hornpipe Humoresque

  • Sortie in E flat major

  • Adagio (arrangement of Consolation No. 4)

  • Ave Maria (attrib. Guilio Caccini)

  • Paraphrase - Chorus Judas Maccabaeus

  • Prelude in G major BWV 54

  • Fifth Symphonie: Adagio / Toccata

No admission charge but ‘pay what you feel’.

Volunteer Appeal

Would you like the chance to work as a volunteer in a beautiful and historic setting?

As one of the North-East’s most stunning and historic attractions, Ushaw is appealing for volunteers to help drive forward its return to glory. Set in a 500-acre estate near Durham City, it was built as a Catholic seminary and trained priests for over two centuries from 1808 to 2011. Trustees, together with an enthusiastic team of volunteers, are now working to turn Ushaw into a unique cultural attraction, events venue, business hub and conference centre and last year had 38,000 visitors. More volunteers are needed to help with major plans to widen Ushaw’s appeal as one of the most beautiful and inspirational places in England.

Volunteer opportunities are open to all and Ushaw welcomes enquiries from anyone interested in joining our team, irrespective of the time they can commit each month. Ushaw offers a broad range of high quality volunteer roles and is looking for stewards, tour guides, shop assistants, gardeners, administration support, and sacristans. Volunteers are fully supported and receive an induction and training.

For more information, email, call 0191 334 5119, or visit the website at

Ushaw College was founded over two hundred years ago and has a rich and fascinating history, with some of the finest Victorian architecture in the North East, with many of the buildings designed by the illustrious Pugin family. The organ recital series, held in the magnificent setting of St. Cuthbert’s Chapel, is just one of an exciting and varied programme of cultural events happening throughout the course of the year. Other events include folk, classical, jazz and choral music, plus talks, plays, exhibitions and choral services.


Further information is available from the website.


To find out more information about Ushaw College, including volunteering opportunities, please visit our website, where most of our events are listed. For further enquiries please e-mail us:, or tel: 0191 334 5119.