Cathedral sound therapy to ease Christmas stress

‘Sound Bath’ experience coming to Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral will once again be offering an alternative to the hustle and bustle of the festive season with a relaxing Sound Bath workshop taking place later this month.

And what better time to visit than December? The annual Christmas Tree Festival is back at Chester Cathedral for a fifth year, bigger and better than ever before!

The delightful family event sees the cloisters filled with more than 50 majestic Christmas trees – in support of the Ultrasound Breast Care Scanner Appeal at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

And, for those wishing to unwind, the Sound Bath workshop led by sound therapist Gavin Kendrick will provide an oasis of tranquility for around an hour and a half. 

The session will involve participants lying on the floor and exploring the immersive experience of sounds.

The workshop will include overtone singing and the playing of acoustic instruments from across the world - including the jaw harp, koto, monochord, handpan and Koshi chimes.

The session will also explore the sound of the cathedral’s grand organ and the ways in which different notes and chords resonate in the body and the building.

Sound meditation has been practiced since the sixteenth century and is based on the principle that everything in the universe is in a state of constant vibration.

Claire Henderson Davis, Chester Cathedral contemporary performance artist and theologian in residence, said: “We think our Sound Bath will provide the perfect anecdote to the stresses of Christmas this year.

“Research has shown that sound meditation can have a powerful and immediate impact on the whole body, helping to bring it back into harmony and promote healing.

“The unique context of the cathedral building as a sacred space also adds an interesting dimension.

“We are very much looking forward to inviting people in to try something different at this special time of year.”

The Sound Bath workshop will be held on Sunday 17th December (6.30pm – 8pm).

Tickets are £10 (or £8 for concessions) and are available on the door. Attendees are requested to wear warm clothes and bring a yoga mat and blanket.

The Christmas Tree Festival is open daily: Mon-Sat (9am-6pm), Sun (11am-4pm).

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