The Centenary celebration will be an event filled with music, song, poetry and prayers to celebrate John Bradburne’s extraordinary life. The programme will comprise of a selection of John’s poems set to music specially composed by Fredrick Stocken, Gareth Treseder, Father Dominic White, Kim Porter, Philip Berthoud and many more. Their compositions will have their world premiere at the event and will be performed at The Holy Name by The Bury Choral Society, The Zimbabwean Community Choir England & Wales, The Didsbury String Quartet, The Gurkha Band and much more. There will be poetry read by Professor David Crystal, Maria Apichelle and David Tibet and a homily given by the Bishop of Lancaster, The Right Reverend Paul Swarbrick and prayers by the Bishop of Salford, The Right Reverend John Arnold.
JBMS will unveil the new John Bradburne Icon that has been privately commissioned as a gift to John on his birthday, painted by James Blackstone and there will be an exhibition of John’s relics that will be able to be seen during the interval and after the event.