The Grand Organ

Newly restored pipes for the York Minster organ are returned following refurbishment on September 15, 2020 in York, England. The once-in-a-century project to refurbish the Grand Organ began in 2018. Organ specialists Harrison and Harrison removed the instrument, including all its 5,403 pipes to their workshop in Durham for repair and rebuilding. The refurbishment workContinue reading “The Grand Organ”

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 unableContinue reading “York Minster Choir”

Sankta Lucia 2016

Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm played the role of Lucia last night as she led the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions and celebrates Saint Lucy who wasContinue reading “Sankta Lucia 2016”

Sankta Lucia

The traditional Swedish festival of Sankta Lucia took place tonight at York Minster. The festival is a traditional festival of light that celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. The service features a candlelit procession and carols in celebration of St Lucy, a young Sicilian girl who was said to haveContinue reading “Sankta Lucia”

Sankta Lucia – The Festival of Light

For the second year running the Sankta Lucia festival of light service was held at York Minster this evening. The Swedish tradition of Sankta Lucia shares many similarities with the advent procession that some people may be more familiar with.┬áDating back to the 18th century the festival symbolises the bringing of light into the darknessContinue reading “Sankta Lucia – The Festival of Light”

Sankta Lucia at York Minster

The Swedish tradition of Sankta Lucia shares many similarities with advent processions held here in the UK. It symbolises the bringing of light into the dark winter and is one of the most significant services in the Swedish ecclesiastical calendar. The celebration of Sankta Lucia is based on the bravery and martyrdom of a youngContinue reading “Sankta Lucia at York Minster”