Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Ushaw College

Events at Ushaw




Upcoming Events

Edwin Bonney Organ Recital Series

Charles Wooler, Concert Organist on Saturday, 20 July 2019 at 2.00pm in St. Cuthbert's Chapel. Retiring Collection. Refectory Café open from 11.00am – 3.45pm.

  • Piece d'Orgue (BWV 572) – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
  • Voluntary – Thomas Tomkins (1572–1656)
  • Schmuke dich, o liebe Seele – Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
  • Cinquieme Symphonie pour Orgue – Charles–Marie Widor (1844–1937)
    • Allegro Vivace
    • Allegro Cantabile
    • Andantino quasi allegretto
    • Adagio
    • Toccata

Charles Wooler was originally brought up on the border between Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, attending Berkhamsted School, taking organ lessons there with Adrian Davis.

After moving to the North–East he embarked on a Masters Degree in Chemistry and then a Postgraduate Certificate of Education at the University of Durham. From 1999 to 2003 he was organ scholar at St. Oswald’s, Durham continued his organ studies with Keith Wright.

In 2003 he was appointed Assistant Director of Music at Gosforth Parish Church of St. Nicholas. There followed a time as Director of Music at St. John's, Grainger Street in Newcastle; under his direction the choir grew enormously with the introduction of a choral bursary scheme for young singers under the age of 21 with highlights being services at St. Paul’s, Ripon, Chester, Edinburgh and Durham Cathedrals and Westminster Abbey.

As a recitalist he has been heard in venues all over the country. Recent performances include Westminster Abbey, the Cathedrals of St. Paul’s, Westminster, Edinburgh (St. Mary’s and St. Giles’), Newcastle, Chester, Portsmouth, Ripon, Liverpool, Coventry, Hereford and Truro as well as St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, Hexham and Tewkesbury Abbies and McEwan Hall, Edinburgh and Blenheim Palace.

Charles continues to study with Daniel Cook, James Parsons, James Lancelot and David Goode. At home he enjoys spending time with his nine year–old son Harry expanding a model railway in the shed. When all other commitments permit he is a full–time Chemistry Teacher at Haydon Bridge High School in Northumberland.

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.