Voice from the Pulpit

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Voice from the Pulpit

Quire of York Minster

General event

Voice from the Pulpit is a special performance in the Quire of York Minster to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Laurence Sterne.

Voice from the Pulpit is a concert inspired by Sterne's final sermon, 'The Case of Hezekiah and the Messengers' from 1764. The event will feature the premiere performance of David Owen Norris's new composition, 'STERNE was the MAN', written especially for Sterne's tercentenary. The concert will include period instruments, voice and four school choirs.

Voice from the Pulpit will also include a reading of 'The Case of Hezekiah and the Messengers' by Sterne himself in the guise of Yorkshire-born actor David Bradley. Bradley is well-known for his roles in television and film including Harry Potter and will star as William Hartnell, the first Doctor Who actor in forthcoming BBC Two drama 'An Adventure in Space and Time'.

The four schools choirs are: Riverside Community Primary School, Tadcaster; Tadcaster Grammar School, Carlton Miniott Community Primary School, St Peter's Brafferton. The choirs are being coached by Choir Master Jonathan Brigg from the University of York.

Speaker : David Bradley
Tenor : Mark Wilde
Square Piano : David Owen Norris
The York String Quartet
Viola da Gamba : Susanna Pell
Natural Trumpet : Michael O'Farrell
Conductor : Jonathan Brigg

Performance starts at 7.30pm

Entrance via the South door from 7.00pm


Voice from the Pulpit is supported by Arts Council England 

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