The 2006 Extreme Cello Cathedral Roof Tour
|Between 24 July and 4 August
2006, The Extreme Cellists undertook their most demanding venture to date
- the Extreme Cello Cathedral Roof Tour. During these 12 days, they visited all 42 Anglican Cathedrals in
England to give a performance - mostly on the roofs*.
*In 11 Cathedrals we played elsewhere to satisfy health & safety requirements
This involved over 2400 miles of travelling (that's an average of nearly 200 miles a day), visiting almost every county in England, climbing countless stone spiral staircases, and lots of luck with the weather!
We started at Truro Cathedral on the morning of Monday 24 July. Our route took us through the South West of England, as far north as Worcester before heading East to cover the rest of the South Coast, before taking in London, East Anglia, the West Midlands, the East Midlands, South Yorkshire, the North West, Yorkshire & the North East, and finally finishing at Carlisle on the afternoon of Friday 4 August. Our complete itinerary was as follows:
Further details of where we played are available here. A map of our route is shown above: click on this if you want to see a larger version.
During the tour, we kept people updated via a daily blog - click here to read about the tour as it happened!
We also took lots of photos as we went around: photo galleries are available here.
To read more about our thoughts on the trip, including our ingenious Cathedral Rating System, click here!
did we do this?
Yes, why did we do this? Well, there are two main reasons. Firstly, because we're mad, and we like a challenge! But secondly, and more importantly, because we want to raise money for two very worthwhile charities. These charities - Shelter and Aspire - have been chosen because both have names that are linked (loosely) with Cathedral roofs, and we are delighted to be able to support them.
Shelter is a charity that helps provide practical support and advice for homeless people, in particular helping to find them homes, and helps those with homes to keep them. Aspire is a charity that provides support and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury.
In total, we received £5,120 in donations - many thanks to everyone who supported us!
We could not have done this tour without the support of many, many people. In particular, we would like to thank: