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Stone and Scribe - summer exhibition

Saturday 7th June - Sunday 28th September 2014

An exhibition of letter cutting and stone carving by two Somerset artists can be seen at the abbey this summer

John Rowlands-Pritchard and Kate Semple are combining their skills and drawing inspiration from the abbey ruins to produce a joint exhibition, entitled Stone and Scribe.

There will be a number of events to accompany the exhibition for members of the public to enjoy.

Kate Semple is leading a two-day stone-carving workshop at the abbey on July 26-27, and the Abbot’s Kitchen will provide the backdrop to a Gregorian Chant workshop on September 20 and a concert by Opus Anglicanum on September 27.

Sculpture in the Orchard

Friday 11th July - Sunday 28th September 2014

The work of 14 South West artists form a sculpture trail in the grounds of the abbey.

Normal admission applies

Gregorian Chant Workshop with Opus Anglicanum

Saturday 20th September 2014

A day of chant; an entertaining, informative and enjoyable experience preparingparticipants to perform Vespers of St Dunstan, using at first simple recitation in English, and working towards more adventurous Latin chant.

The day open to anyone, and is a chance to experience and sing Gregorian chant in a friendly context. All are welcome: those with knowledge of the chant, who will have the chance to deepen their insight and whose contribution will be invaluable; singers who wish to learn from scratch about this richly rewarding repertoire; and even non-singers fascinated by the idea of the chant and interested in cultural history.

Structured around the monastic hour services the course will study chant composed in Anglo-Saxon England in the 11th century in honour of St Dunstan. It includes a beautiful piece about Dunstan in Somerset, listening to the angels on the Mendip Hills.

The price includes a specially edited music booklet and morning and afternoon refreshments.

To book please call 01458 832267 or email

10am - 5pm. £10 per person.

Opus Anglicanum in Concert

Saturday 27th September 2014

To be held in the Abbot's Kitchen. 6.30pm Gates for 7pm start.

£15 per person.

Opus Anglicanum - “English Work” - is 5 men singing unaccompanied and a narrator founded in 1988 - which has performed for the Royal Northern College of Music BBC Radio 3, Festival de Wallonie, Windsor Festival, EndellionFestival, and Three Choirs Festivals in Gloucester, Hereford, and at Worcester.

To book please call 01458 832267 or email

Please note there is a limited capacity for this event so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

An Audience with Henry VIII

Friday 17th October 2014

An Audience with Henry VIII- Henry's Horrid History with Mike Farley

17 October 2014 @ 7.00pm

Glastonbury Abbey £4 per person or Free to Full and Life Members (Tickets on the door)

Mike Farley has been the UK's top professional Henry VIII look-a-like and re-enactor for over ten years now. He has made over 1,000 appearances as the famous Tudor despot at venues all over the country. From such prestigious venues as Hampton Court Palace, Leeds Castle, Blenheim Palace and Hever Castle, through to schools, historical societies and clubs, and into radio and television, if someone needs Henry VIII, Mike Farley is who they come looking for. With his background in stand up comedy, plus with a passion for history and musical skills, Mike makes his Henry VIII a very memorable character. He has recently started making appearances abroad as Henry as well, and has written and directed two films about the infamous monarch. Ten years and counting, and there is much more to come!