York Minster Choir

Eight adult singers from the York Minster Choir, under the direction of Robert Sharpe, Director of Music at York Minster rehearse and then perform a newly commissioned anthem written to celebrate the return of choral singing in York Minster for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown.

The members of the choir have been unable to sing at the Minster for six-months which is the first break in singing there for 360 years.

The anthem, written by Cornish composer Becky McGlade is called ‘O sing unto the lord a new song’ and is the first of three specially commissioned anthems to be performed at Evensong service over three consecutive evenings.

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Luna Cinema at Castle Howard

Families watch a socially distanced screening of The Greatest Showman during a very wet and windy evening at the Luna Cinema movie experience at Castle Howard yesterday…

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The Butterfly Effect

Spent a short time this afternoon shooting over my fence into an area of overgrown land that borders my back garden trying to get a few of the butterflies that are common there at this time of year. They’re certainly tricky to shoot but I was able to get a Tortoiseshell Butterfly, a Peacock Butterfly and a Large White.

Shot with a Sony A9ii with the 100-400 f4.5 to 5.6 G Master at the 400mm end and with the APSC mode engaged it gave me a focal length of 600mm. With a further heavy crop in Lightroom this is the result:

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Closure of the Bradley Open Cast Mine

Today was the final day of mining operations at the Bradley Open Cast Mine near Consett.

The Banks Group, who own the mine had applied for permission to extend the life of its last mine in England until 2021 but the application was turned down earlier this summer.

The last coal will be extracted today, two months after its sister site at Shotton in Northumberland ended its own coal production. It brings to an end almost 200 years of mining at this location.

The closure leaves only the Hartington mine in Derbyshire, which had planned to shut at the start of the month, as the last remaining surface mine operating in England.

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