Welcome to the Grahamstown Cathedral Website!

Come in, browse around, make yourself at home! From contact details of the Cathedral staff to lists of the music at the next Sunday service, interesting information about our beautiful building, and lots of news (and archived news) of People and Places connected to the Cathedral family – it’s all here. Click on ‘Videos’ on the side menu to hear some of the music of Grahamstown Cathedral.

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Many thanks to Michael Künz of Growing the Church in Cape Town for setting up this site for us.

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Latest News

Silver for Kwantu Choir at World Choir Games

Warmest congratulations to our Choir Intern and interim Director of Music, Kutlwano Kepadisa (Kepa) on a superb achievement by the choir he founded and conducts, Makhanda Kwantu Community Choir. The World Choir Games came to South Africa this year, and took place in Pretoria in July. Despite the high cost involved, Kepa managed to obtain sponsorship from among others, Henkel SA, Beer Properties Grahamstown, the Grahamstown Music Society, the National Arts Festival’s (NAF) Creative City and private individuals. At the Festival Eucharist on 8 July, when the choir was due to catch the bus for Pretoria that night,  it was reported that Kwantu Choir was R1000 short of their target. A retiring collection resulted in the target being met, and indeed exceeded.

The Choir which took part in the Games consisted of 18 members, some of them still at school. They included four current members of the Makana Choir School (and Cathedral Choir), and a further four former members, as well as our Director of the St Michael’s Marimbas, Asakhe Cuntsulana.

They sang in a qualifying round on 10 July, which they passed with flying colours. After taking part in a number of concerts, they were awarded a Silver Diploma Level IX.

We are so proud of them!

For a video of them at the World Choir Games, click here.

For those who want the chance to hear this great choir in action, Kwantu Choir is giving two concerts on Saturday 28 July:

13:00 at Nombulelo Secondary School


19:00 at the National English Literary Museum.

Admission is free – retiring collection.


God’s glory shone out at Spiritfest!

The Cathedral was the venue for many of the events during Spiritfest, the local Churches’ ecumenical initiative in the National Arts Festival.

There were lively concerts by our own St Michael’s Marimbas, by Kwantu Choir under Kutlwano Kepadisa – shortly before they left for the World Choir Games – and by Fafa Hopkins (a.k.a. Chris Mann) who presented his song poems with graphics by Julia Skeen Mann.

Noël-Jean Creille

Sadly the Cathedral was unable to welcome our own Director of Music Designate, Cameron Luke, to give an organ recital as scheduled during Spiritfest, due to ongoing problems with his South African work visa. Many thanks to Fr Noël-Jean Creille from Port Alfred, who stepped in at almost no notice and gave a delightful concert.

The Spiritfest Winter School and Open Mic both took place in the Cathedral Coffee Shop, situated in the Chapter House. Much food for thought and interesting discussion in a congenial space, with coffee and cake too.

And above there was wonderful worship of almighty God! The Cathedral Choir sang Choral Evensong on the first Friday evening, and on the first Sunday they were joined by the Kwantu Choir for the Festival Eucharist. The quiet candlelit plainsong service, Lucernarium, followed on the Wednesday evening, and as a culmination of the whole Spiritfest Sunday 8 July saw us welcoming the Choir of Jesus College Cambridge conducted by Richard Pinel, for the final Festival Eucharist, as well as local soprano soloist Emma Farquharson. The music of these singers was a foretaste of heaven!

One of the Spiritfest exhibitions this year was in the Cathedral, two sculptures by Niel Jonker of Archbishop Tutu and Fr (later Archbishop) Huddleston. These were due to remain in the Cathedral until 31 July, before being moved to be displayed for a further month in the College of the Transfiguration. Please visit them.

Global Leadership Summit

Special rate for Anglicans R420!

GROWING the Church has once again secured the special rate of R420 for Anglicans wanting to attend the 2018 Global Leadership Summit. Read more …

The regular rates from 1 July are:

R630pp (1 – 9 Delegates)
R570pp (10+ Delegates)

For more details about the summit please visit website:


Anglicans Ablaze 2018

Early Bird booking extended to end August

Due to many requests, the AA 2018 Deadline for early bird registrations and payments has been extended to 31 August 2018. For more details, click here.

Vestry Meeting Resolution concerning the situation in Makana Municipality

A delegation from the Cathedral met with the acting Municipal Manager, Mr Ted Pillay, on 28 March, to present him with the Cathedral Vestry resolution on Makana matters: water, roads, sewerage; financial sustainability of the municipality; good governance; and to state our support for all who are seeking to improve things. The Dean reported that it was a helpful, positive meeting.

Makana Choir School Funding Drive

The Cathedral Choir consists of some dozen adults and the young choristers of the Makana Choir School. Throughout the year the Choir sings at morning Eucharist services twice a month, and at Evensong twice a month. The Vision of the Choir School is to develop the musicianship of young choristers and thereby to develop them as well-rounded leaders in their community. In return for the choristers’ commitment to the Choir they may be eligible to receive a Scholarship towards their school fees.

The Makana Choir School would like to ask for your support towards this worthwhile project. A number of individual donors make regular monthly payments to the Choir School, which although not large in themselves, together make a valuable contribution towards the Choir School’s budget. Please consider joining them. Read more about the Choir School, their vision and objectives, budget and achievements, here…

Cathedral Vision

We believe we are called to be a vibrant, attractive, diverse, welcoming, all age community of people who seek to follow Christ.
The Cathedral’s ministry seeks at all times to be obedient to the call of God through Jesus Christ.

Key Performance Areas

  • Worship
  • Pastoral care and building community
  • Families, children and young people
  • Teaching, discipleship and evangelism
  • Mission, ministry and outreach
  • Administration, communication and oversight
  • Cathedral plant and physical environment
  • Dedication and stewardship

Latest Publications

Media Release by the Anglican Bishop of Johannesburg

Steve Moreo, Bishop of Johannesburg, released a statement on the increasing incidence of racism as hate speech in South Africa, on 21 June 2018.

ACSA Pastoral Standards and Safe Church Guide

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa has now made available the Pastoral Rules and Standards online, as well as in print. You can also read the ACSA Safe Church Guide on their website. For further details click here.

Letters from Bishop Ebenezer Ntlali

Diocesan Intercessions

Daily prayers of intercessions and thanksgiving for the Diocese of Grahamstown for July 2018.

Umbuliso for Easter 2018

Umbuliso, the newsletter of the Diocese of Grahamstown for Easter 2018, can be downloaded as a pdf.

Letters from Archbishop Thabo Makgoba

To read the Archbishop’s Easter letter on Eastertide and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, click here.

To read the Archbishop’s letter ‘To the Laos – To the People of God’ for April 2018, click here.

Address by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba

The Archbishop’s challenging words to the School of Accountancy at the University of the Witwatersrand, 18 April 2018

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba’s Easter Sermon

The Sermon preached by our Archbishop, Thabo Makgoba in St George’s Cathedral Cape Town on Easter Day, 1 April 2018.

Annual Vestry 2018

Agenda, Minutes and Reports for the Vestry Meeting on Sunday 11 March 2018 (Book A).