The beautiful setting of Bradford Cathedral is the glorious backdrop for an evening of transcendent sacred poetry and music from different faith traditions.

Back by popular demand, this annual event is an opportunity to enjoy devotional music and traditional poetry from across the world in one stunning location.

Hosted by the Very Revd Jerry Lepine, this memorable evening will feature Bradford Cathedral’s poet in residence, Diane Pacitti, a Gurbani Kirtan performance, Israeli Sardinian singer Sarit Aloni, Bhajan singer Sneha Manohar and genre-hopping singer Shabnam Khan. This reflective, magnificent night of artistry will leave you uplifted and deeply connected to our world’s diverse collection of faiths and spiritual beliefs.

About The Host

Jerry Lepine

The Very Revd Jerry Lepine has been Dean of Bradford since 2013. Since being in Bradford he has been involved in the creation of Yorkshire’s new super diocese and has particularly enjoyed the Cathedral’s involvement with city life and regeneration.  His wide-ranging interests include sport, cinema, music and travel.

About The Speakers

Sarit Aloni

Sarit Aloni (MMmus) is recognised as a singer (soprano), choral conductor, pianist, composer and arranger. She performed as a soloist in Israel, Italy and the UK, and is currently the music director of the Larkhill Choral Society and the Wimbledon Synagogue choir.

Alex Berry

Alexander Berry is the Director of Music at Bradford Cathedral. He read music at Queens’ College, Cambridge, where he was organ scholar. Before moving to Bradford Alexander held positions at Ely Cathedral and Magdalen College, Oxford. He is currently the youngest director of music in a Church of England cathedral.

James Berry

Baritone James Berry is at home on both the concert platform and the stage, recently working with, among others, Bergen Nasjonale Opera, Dartington Summer Festival, Longborough Festival Opera, Edvard Grieg Kor and the BBC Daily Service Singers.

Shabnam Khan

Shabnam Khan has been singing professionally since her school days, always enjoying music from several genres including ghazal, geet, Punjabi folk and Sufiana Kalam. She sings in many languages and has performed alongside artists including Ghulam Ali, Mehndi Hassan and Rajab Ali, Alaap, Heera, Arif Lohar, So Solid Crew, The Dhol Foundation and Fun-Da-Mental. She is currently working on a Shabd album with Sunil Kalyan and Bindi Sagoo.

 

Sneha Manohar

Sneha Manohar is a globe-trotting finance professional who, in her spare time, pursues her passion of music. Trained in Carnatic vocal music from a young age, under Sangeetha Vidwans Karpagam Mahalingam in Abu Dhabi and Vasumathi Nagarajan in Toronto, Sneha is also passionate about world music and fusion collaborations across different art forms.

Diane Pacitti

Diane Pacitti is Poet in Residence at Bradford Cathedral during its centenary year. Her work has been shortlisted for various awards including the Blake Tithe Grant Award, and in 2015 she gained first prize in the Bronte Society competition. Her first novel ‘Between Two States’ is being translated into Italian.