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Minster Music

The York connection

October 22 @ 4:00 pm 5:15 pm

£12 (Concession £10)

Leeds Minster

Saturday 22 October 2022 4.00 pm

Moving, spiritual music by the late Dr Francis Jackson, Sir Edward Bairstow and Philip Moore celebrating the connection between the Minsters of Leeds and York.

The concert will last about an hour, after which refreshments will be served.

Dr Francis Jackson

Leeds Minster has been fortunate to enjoy a long-established musical relationship with York Minster, going back to the time that Sir Edward Bairstow moved from Leeds to York in 1913 to take up the position of Organist and Director of Music, a post he held until his death in 1946.

During his tenure Bairstow oversaw the development of Francis Jackson from chorister to assistant organist, with Jackson eventually succeeding him at the tender age of 28. Dr Jackson held the post until his retirement in 1982 and was succeeded by Philip Moore who in turn stayed until 2008, completing a span of 95 years’ occupation of the post between them.

All three wrote music for choirs based at Leeds Minster (then Leeds Parish Church), with Jackson and Moore completing commissions for both the Choir of Leeds Parish Church and St Peter’s Singers as their relationships with the choirs and their Director Dr Simon Lindley developed. Today’s recital celebrates these connections as we pay special homage to Dr Jackson.


The recital opens with Bairstow’s internationally-renowned motet Let all mortal flesh keep silence, written for the choir of Leeds Parish Church in 1906, and recorded by St Peter’s Singers in 2014.

From Jackson’s pen come his much-loved Benedicite (which featured in this summer’s Platinum Jubilee service at St Paul’s), and Evening Service in G (‘Me in G’ as he called it). If the haunting Nunc Dimittis (‘Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace’) suggests a willingness to dwell on what may greet all of us one day, then the stunning harmonies of Evening Hymn suggest both vision and confidence on that front. And the final moments of A Time of Fire, a monodrama depicting the life and death of William Tyndale, also convey an elegiac serenity in the face of death. The programme also affords a rare chance to hear his Stabat Mater, composed for St Peter’s Singers’ 20th anniversary in 1997.

Philip Moore’s music is represented by his haunting anthem All wisdom cometh from the Lord, and by his rumbustious setting of the text Tu es Petrus (‘You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church’), composed for the 40th anniversary of St Peter’s Singers in 2017.

The full details of the programme will be announced shortly

St Peter’s Singers

Alexander Woodrow Director

Leeds Minster

Leeds Minster, 2-6 Kirkgate
Leeds, W. Yorks LS2 7DJ United Kingdom
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