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26th Jun 20193pm - 5.30pm Writer and historian Helena Whitbread has written several books on Anne Lister. It was Helena's tireless work decoding Anne Lister'...3pm - 5.30pm Writer and historian Helena Whitbread has written several books on Anne Lister. It was Helena's tireless work decoding Anne Lister's diaries, for more than 30 years, that has revealed the wonderful story of Halifax's most famous lesbian diarist to the world. Following the recent success of BBC/HBO TV series Gentleman Jack, which is inspired by Anne Lister, you can hear Helena give a talk at Holdsworth House. Find out about her involvement in the filming of Gentleman Jack, her work to decode Anne Lister's diaries and her new found fame at the hands of life-long Anne Lister fan, screenwriter Sally Wainwright. Tickets are £30 each and include a glass of Prosecco on arrival and full afternoon tea. Helena will be offering book signing. Helena has very kindly donated her fees to the York LGBT Forum. Arrive for 3pm for a glass of Prosecco Enjoy Holdsworth House's Classic Afternoon Tea Hear Helena Whitbread talk of her Anne Lister work Book signing Event expected to close around 5.30pm Terms: Payment for tickets is required on booking. In the unlikely event that Holdsworth House has to cancel, we will reimburse the full ticket price of any purchased tickets. To cancel your place please call 01422 240024; no refunds permitted if are unable to attend or you need to cancel. Places are limited and a waiting list will be in operation.
Starting 27th Jun 2019
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Halifax Minster Summer Festival 2019 is held on the following dates:
27th June to 7th July 2019
Halifax Minster Summer Festival 27th June to 7th July 2019
Halifax Minster Summer Festival 27th June to 7th July 2019
Thursday 27th June at 1.00pm Festival Inaugural Organ Recital by Dr Simon Lindley.
Come and hear the ‘King of instruments’, the magnificent 1929 Harrison and Harrison Organ played by the acclaimed organist Dr Simon Lindley. Lunch available at 12.15 (£4). Retiring collection.
Thursday 27th June at 7.30pm Brass Extravaganza
This unique event brings together The whole Elland Silver Band Organisation together for a Summer Extravaganza with the Training Band, Youth Band, Senior Band, and the mighty Minster Organ! £10
Friday 28th June at 7.30pm. An Evening with Barrie Rutter OBE
Renowned local actor who founded the Halifax based theatre company, Northern Broadsides They perform Shakespeare with northern accents. Barrie will talk about his career and perform excerpts from various plays. £10
Sunday 30th June at 6.00pm. Sparkling music for a Summer’s Evening
The Minster Choir, joined by Rishworth School Choir, perform classic choral pieces for summer with solo performances by talented young musicians. Enjoy a glass of prosecco and strawberries in a historic setting. Retiring collection to raise funds for the Minster choir summer cathedral tour.
Monday 1st July at 7.00pm. Old Halifax David Glover, well-known local historian, will give a presentation of Old Images of Halifax. An opportunity to discover the town’s past from images rarely seen for many years.
Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd July, all day. Calderdale Schools Bearder Poetry Festival
Funded by the Bearder Trust, these two days give local school children the opportunity to work with an amazing poet, Karl Nova, for a day! (Sold out.)
Thursday 4th July at 1.00 pm. Festival Organ Recital by Christopher Newton
A native of Manchester, he gave his first recital at Halifax Minster in 1980. He has a long association with the church of St Bartholomew, Armley, where he regularly plays for services and for recitals. He has been described as a ‘a devoted organist sniffer-dog, discovering pieces long since buried, some deservedly so, but others turning out to be forgotten gems’. His mixed programmes aim to please organ recital regulars as well as people who might think that these events are not usually for them. Lunch at 12.15pm (£4). Recital at 1.00pm. Retiring collection.
Thursday 4th July at 7.30pm, Halifax Concert Band
Our local, very talented concert band will perform a wide range of music from its extensive repertoire which caters for all tastes and includes light, popular, classical and traditional military band music. The programme will include pieces from Film and Stage including selections from Les Miserables, Star Wars, Chess and The Greatest Showman, a new addition to the repertoire. British composers will feature with works by Gustav Holst, Karl Jenkins, John Miles and Freddie Mercury. £10.
Friday 5th July at 7.30pm. ‘Gentleman Jack’
An evening with Sally Wainwright and Anne Choma, in conversation with a guest BBC Radio Leeds presenter, about the HBO/BBC series ‘ Gentleman Jack’ which dramatises the later life of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall, together with the opportunity to hear about Sally’s earlier dramas, ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ and Happy Valley’. £10.
Saturday 6th July at 7.30pm The St Peter’s Singers
The St Peter Singers of Leeds are a versatile Chamber Choir of renown directed by Dr Simon Lindley. Music to include: Vaughn Williams Five Mystical Songs, Donald Hunt Hymnus Paschalis, Matthew Oglesby Agnus Dei and In Paradisum, and Vaughn Williams Dona nobis pacem. £10
Sunday 7th July at 4pm (Rehearsal at 2.30) ‘Come and Sing’ Festival Choral Evensong
An opportunity for those who like to sing to join with the Minster Choir to sing the service. Music will include Stanford in Bb and Henry Wood’s O Thou the Central Orb. £5 for singers (music supplied). Celebrate the end of the Summer Festival with a glass of Prosecco and strawberries!
Tickets available from Eventbrite or by visiting the Minster Shop which is open daily from 10am– 4pm. (Booking charge applies).
12th Jul 20197pm An illustrated presentation by David Glover, President of the Halifax Antiquarian Society, at Halifax Minster (where Anne is buried). Ti...7pm An illustrated presentation by David Glover, President of the Halifax Antiquarian Society, at Halifax Minster (where Anne is buried). Tickets £5 available from Eventbrite or from Halifax Minster 01422 355436.
13th Jul 20197pm, £7.50 Booking Essential Maverick traditionalist; landowning traveller; scholarly seducer – Anne Lister was a woman of contrasts. Enjoy an e...7pm, £7.50 Booking Essential Maverick traditionalist; landowning traveller; scholarly seducer – Anne Lister was a woman of contrasts. Enjoy an evening of exclusive insight and discovery at the Book Corner in The Piece Hall, with acclaimed experts Helena Whitbread and Jill Liddington, two key figures in bringing this remarkable woman to the world’s attention. Discussion and Q&A, followed by book signing.
Starting 13th Jul 2019
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Anne Lister Halifax Minster Tour is held on the following dates:
13th September 2018 and 14th September 2018
Enjoy a walking tour of Halifax Minster to discover more about it's connections to Anne Lister, 'Gentlerman Jack' of Shibden Hall.&n...
Enjoy a walking tour of Halifax Minster to discover more about it's connections to Anne Lister, 'Gentlerman Jack' of Shibden Hall.
- The font where Anne was baptised
- The place where she was buried
- Learn about her damaged tombstone
- Hear about her ancestors and friends
Tickets £5 from Halifax Minster 01422 355436.
13th Jul 201910am - 3pm Visit the The Piece Hall’s magnificent courtyard and meet ‘Anne Lister’, who will tell you stories about her life and her visits to T...10am - 3pm Visit the The Piece Hall’s magnificent courtyard and meet ‘Anne Lister’, who will tell you stories about her life and her visits to The Piece Hall in the 1800s. FREE event, roaming in the Piece Hall.
14th Jul 20191pm Two hundred years ago, neighbouring Yorkshire landowners Miss Lister and Miss Walker find their lives become entwined in a passionate, forbi...1pm Two hundred years ago, neighbouring Yorkshire landowners Miss Lister and Miss Walker find their lives become entwined in a passionate, forbidden relationship and retreat to the Moss House, their private sanctuary away from an unaccepting world. Their tranquillity does not last long as they are drawn into the turmoil of a changing society and a divided family, testing their love for each other, eventually driving them from their home. The world was not yet ready for the likes of Miss Lister. Landowner, scholar, traveller, mountaineer and non-conformist but in The Moss House we discover her lifelong battle to be her true self as she finds Ann Walker and together they try to live life on their own terms. The book launch of the novel The Moss House by local writer Clara Barley and local publishers Bluemoose Books. The Moss House tells the passionate and tumultuous story of local landowners Anne Lister and Ann Walker in the 1830s, as they fall in and out of love with each other, and in and out of favour with those around them. A conversation with the writer, exploring where fact meets fiction, and some readings from the novel. Followed by Q&A and book signing.
15th Sep 2019Looking at a fine residence of yester-year associated with Ann Walker and Anne Lister, which is normally out of sight within its private grounds. W...Looking at a fine residence of yester-year associated with Ann Walker and Anne Lister, which is normally out of sight within its private grounds. We'll look at the house exterior, its grounds and immediate environs. Meet John Brooke at 2.15 p.m. by the Sun Inn on Wakefield Road (A649) in Lightcliffe, HX3 8TH