See York Minster in a new light when the cathedral opens its doors after hours for Northern Lights, a new light projection and sound installation which will transform the Minster’s Nave.
Saturday and Sunday 16th & 17th June
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Artists from double Guinness World Record winning company The Projection Studio have designed the piece, taking inspiration from the Minster’s stained glass and architecture.
Visitors will have the chance to experience the Minster at dusk, with its cavernous Nave completely cleared of chairs and filled with music from the cathedral’s organ, before the light and sound installation is shown at 9.30pm.
Projection artist Ross Ashton and sound artist Karen Monid have designed the piece to be an immersive experience, using the roof of the Nave and Great West Window – which features the famous Heart of Yorkshire – as a backdrop for the breath-taking light projection. Visitors will be surrounded by music and sound effects as part of the experience, including music recorded by the York Minster Choir.
The events have been organised to raise awareness and funds for a new conservation campaign to extend state-of-the-art protective glazing to all 128 of the cathedral’s mostly medieval windows over the next 20 years. Learn more about the project here.
Doors open at 8:00pm with last admission at 9:00pm. The Northern Lights installation will show from 9.30pm with the event finishing at approximately 10pm.
If you are unable to attend there is an opportunity to bid “on line” in a silent auction for some amazing prizes. All proceeds are going to the Minster conservation project
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Great Peter of York (1927):
York Minster today announced the recruitment of a new band of volunteer bell ringers. The new band will be responsible for the peal of 12 bells at York Minster – widely regarded as some of the best sounding bells in the country.
More than 40 applications were received from bell ringers from York and the wider region. The Minster is delighted that several members of the former band will ring with newcomers including some talented and experienced young ringers under the age of 18. The band will be led by head teacher Angela Mitchell who was announced as the cathedral’s new Head of Bell Tower in June.
York Minster plans to have a year round recruitment process that will give experienced bell ringers moving to York and the region, the opportunity to apply to join the team at any time. Information about ringing at the Minster will also be available for talented bell ringers arriving at York’s universities and colleges this Autumn.
The band will come together for the first time in September for induction. They will then work with the Head of Bell Tower and the Minster team to arrange their practice schedule and ringing days for the rest of the year.
Recruitment and induction of all Minster staff and volunteers, including the new volunteer bell ringing team, is carried out in line with the Church of England’s Safer Recruitment processes focusing on safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, security, health and safety.
The following job advert has been published by the Minster
Experienced Bell Ringers are invited to apply for the role of Head of Bell Tower at York Minster. The successful applicant will help us to recruit and establish our new band of volunteer Bell Ringers. Initially a 12 month fixed term appointment (to be reviewed within 12 months), this is expected to require an average 10 hours per week.
York Minster is the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of York and the Metropolitical Cathedral for the Northern Province of the Church of England. It is a masterpiece in stained glass and stone, with foundations rooted in the nation’s earliest history. Today, as a working cathedral, we invite everyone to share God’s love through our welcome, worship, learning and work. Our values are courage, wisdom and trust.
The ring of 12 bells in York Minster are widely regarded by experienced change ringers as some of the best sounding bells in the country. The Head of Bell Tower will be responsible for the recruitment and development of a skilled band of York Minster Bell Ringers to lead change ringing for Sunday services and for other special services and occasions in York.
The role will average 10 hours a week including practice (currently Tuesday evenings) ringing on Sundays (9.30-10.30am) and special services and festivals. Attendance during office hours will be required at least six times a year for training. Initial induction for the role will occur over three days.
Salary c.£7000 per annum
Fixed term appointment
To apply please download an application pack, application form and equality and diversity monitoring form. Completed applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or addressed to Victoria Imada, HR and Volunteering Administrator, Church House, 10 – 14 Ogleforth, York, YO1 7JN.
Applications should arrive no later than 5pm on Sunday 26th February 2017. Interviews will be held in York on Saturday 11th March 2017.
Other jobs advertised at the Minster can be found by clicking here
York Minster :
Sat 12 Nov :
7.30pm – 10.00pm :
Tickets £5 – £20
Hear the marvellous, uplifting Requiem by Brahms, sung by York Musical Society and guests from Münster, accompanied by full orchestra and conducted by David Pipe, in the superb setting of York Minster. YMS performed this piece in German every autumn during the years of the First World War.
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