Chester Cathedral will be offering an alternative to the hustle and bustle of the festive season with a relaxing Sound Bath workshop in the medieval Chapter House this December.
The Sound Bath, led by sound therapist Gavin Kendrick, will last for an hour and a half. The session will involve participants lying down 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 around since the 16th 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 18 December, 6.30-8pm. Tickets are £10/£8 and are available on the door. Attendees are requested to wear warm clothes.