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A new statue of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for York Minster

The Dean of York, the Right Reverend Dr Jonathan Frost and stone mason Richard Bossons, today unveiled the final detail of Richard’s design for a new statue of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for York Minster.  Once completed, the statue will be placed in an empty niche adjacent to the South West Door on the West Front of the 800 year-old cathedral.

The new statue will mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne in 1952 – and pays tribute to her long life of faithful service and duty to her country and to the Commonwealth.

An expert architectural carver and stone mason, Richard has been a member of York Minster’s renowned Stoneyard team since 2011.  Richard’s design depicts the Sovereign in her Garter robes with the orb and sceptre, the symbols of her office as Head of Church and State and wearing the George IV State Diadem. Richard’s initial concept design has been developed in close consultation with York’s Fabric Advisory Committee and the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England who recently gave their permission for the principle of the statue under the Care of Cathedrals Measure, the legal framework against which all major changes to cathedral buildings are considered.

The statue will be carved from a block of Lepine stone – the French stone that has previously been used for figurative carvings on the Minster as well as the restoration of the West Window in 2000.  Once completed, the statue will stand two metres tall and will weigh nearly two tonnes. Richard will begin carving the statue in the Minster’s Stoneyard later this year and it will be installed in its niche in the autumn of 2022.

Richard said:  “There have been several challenges to overcome with this project in terms of the design.  First and foremost I have to complement the magnificent medieval façade of the Minster.  The statue needs to be part of the fabric, not a distraction from it, yet it also has to have the poise and presence befitting of the Queen’s unique role as Head of Church and State.  The figure is posed to form a protective gesture around the orb and sceptre, while Her Majesty’s gaze is aligned across the proposed Queen Elizabeth Square, the principal approach to York Minster.  She will stand proud and resolute in her niche, welcoming worshippers and visitors alike”.

The Dean of York said: “We are delighted to be marking Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and to give thanks for a life of dedication to this nation and the Commonwealth.  We are incredibly proud that the statue has been designed and will be carved by one of our own masons which is testament to the incredible craft skills we have here in our Stoneyard.

“We hope this statue will inspire the city and be a cause for celebration as we recover from the pandemic as well as setting a course to delivering our vision to create a new square at the West Front of York Minster.”

It is hoped that the new statue will eventually overlook Queen Elizabeth Square – a key part of the York Minster Neighbourhood Plan. The plan proposes the creation of a new civic and ceremonial public realm scheme which, when completed, will be the pre-eminent public space in the city of York.

Biographical details – Richard Bossons

Richard had an early interest in the creative arts. He completed a pre degree foundation course at Bournville College but quickly realised that the emphasis on fine art was not for him.  Richard was sitting in the cloister garden at Wells Cathedral when he had a ‘lightbulb’ moment.  He then tried stonemasonry and realised it was the outlet for his creative desire.

Studying at Weymouth College from 1995 – 1997, Richard obtained an NVQ3 in stonemasonry, carving and letter cutting.  He worked at Wells Cathedral in Somerset as a banker mason and carver, gaining invaluable experience of working a variety of limestones and sandstones and working high volumes of masonry with very tight lead times.  He produced work for Wells Cathedral, Blenheim Palace, churches across the UK and even a complete gothic themed bar interior that was shipped to Hong Kong.  From 1998 – 2001, Richard worked at Gloucester Cathedral’s in-house workshop carrying out banker masonry and carving on the cathedral, fixing and conservation work. Working as part of a small team Richard was exposed to a wide range of projects including dismantling and rebuilding parapets and designing and carving new grotesques for the pinnacles in the cloisters.

Richard was then self-employed from 2001-2011, working as a sub-contractor on large church restoration projects such as the design and rebuilding of the octagonal corona of Minchinhampton Church and working for specialist designers such as Rory Young and Ian Rank Broadley, gaining valuable insight and experience of their working methods and inspiring him to strive for excellence and the highest standards in his own work. During this time, Richard worked on private commissions including designing and carving memorials and restoration work on domestic properties. He was a member of the Cotswold Craftsmen and the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen exhibiting his work at shows and in galleries.

Richard started work at York Minster in 2011.  His role encompasses all aspects of masonry, carving, fixing and conservation work on the medieval cathedral.

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Double Consecration at York Minster – The Bishop of Birkenhead and the Bishop of Stockport

The Archbishop of York, The Most Reverend Stephen Cottrell will preside at a double consecration service at York Minster at 11am on Monday 19 July 2021.

The Venerable Julie Conalty, currently Archdeacon of Tonbridge, will be consecrated as the Bishop of Birkenhead and the Reverend Canon Sam Corley, currently Rector of Leeds will be consecrated as the Bishop of Stockport. The new bishops will serve the Church and the communities of the Diocese of Chester.

The Archbishop of York will be assisted on the day by the Bishop of Newcastle, Christine Hardman and the Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler.

The consecration service will take place in the context of the Eucharist and will include readings, prayers, music and a sermon delivered by The Reverend Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy.

The service will be held under careful guidelines because of the Coronavirus pandemic with strict limits on the numbers attending.

The service will be live-streamed making it possible for the families and friends of Julie and Sam who are unable to attend in person to experience the occasion in real time.

Archbishop Stephen said: “I am delighted that Her Majesty The Queen has accepted the nomination of Julie Conalty as the next Bishop of Birkenhead and Sam Corley as the next Bishop of Stockport.  They will bring great wisdom, experience, pastoral sensitivity and missional intent to the Diocese of Chester.

“Bishop Mark and the whole Diocese of Chester are in my prayers, as are Julie and Sam and their families. The Church in Cheshire, the Wirral and parts of Stockport, Trafford and Tameside face many challenges. I rejoice that God has raised up two faithful servants of the gospel to share in the leadership and oversight of the Church as together we seek to make Christ known and build his kingdom in the world.”

In a joint comment about the forthcoming service, Julie and Sam said:  “Any ministry is rooted in and flows out of worship and prayer and so we are looking forward immensely to the service in York Minster where we will become bishops in the Church of God. We are so grateful to all those who are making it possible for a small number of people to be present physically in the Minster, as well as the efforts going into making the service available online and would value people’s prayers that blessing, joy and confidence in the love and goodness of God might be hallmarks of the service, and indeed, of all our ministries.”

The livestream for the consecration service will be available on the York Minster website here from 11am on Monday 19 July 2021. The Order of Service will also be available for download on the day.

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York Minster launches composers’ competition to celebrate Grand Organ’s return

York Minster is inviting composers to write a new piece of music to celebrate the return of its Grand Organ, following the completion of a once-in-a-century refurbishment of the instrument.

Working in partnership with the Cathedral Music Trust and Banks Music Publications, the Grand Organ Composers’ Competition is open to both amateur and professional musicians who are invited to submit a new work for solo organ in one of two categories – ages 18 and under or 19 and over.

Entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts including New York based American composer Nico Muhly, composer and former York Minster Organist and Master of Music Philip Moore, British composer Roxanna Panufnik, Canadian-born organist, conductor and composer Sarah MacDonald and York Minster’s Assistant Director of Music Ben Morris.

The winning entries will be premiered at the cathedral later this year during services for Advent and Christmas.

“We’re delighted to have the Grand Organ back in regular use at the cathedral after nearly three years of refurbishment work and are inviting people to help us celebrate its return by writing an original composition,” York Minster’s Assistant Director of Music Ben Morris explains.

“The competition is open both to established composers and those who are just starting out in their careers, who may not have written anything specifically for a pipe organ before.

“Organ music has played a central role in worship at York Minster for centuries and we hope the competition gives people an opportunity to be part of that heritage and to celebrate its future, both through this century and beyond.”

As well as hearing their piece performed as part of the cathedral’s carol services later this year, winners and runners-up will receive financial prizes ranging from £250 to £1,500, with the winner in each category also having their score published by choral and organ specialists Banks Music Publications.

Both the winner and highly commended entries in the age 18 and under category will also receive a masterclass on organ composition with Philip Moore and Ben Morris.

Peter Allwood, Chair of Cathedral Music Trust, added: “We’re thrilled to be working with York Minster on this exciting project.

“The Trust exists to provide a voice for cathedral music and encourage excellence in choral and organ music, including nurturing the next generation of musicians.

“The competition provides a great opportunity for young people to get involved and develop their talents, with the chance of expert guidance through the organ masterclasses for the lucky winners.”

Renowned composer Roxanna Panufnik said: “This competition offers budding composers from all walks of life a fantastic opportunity to write new music and explore the almost infinite possibilities of communication and creativity that this magnificent instrument offers.

“I’m eagerly anticipating joining fellow judges to celebrate and enjoy the wealth of compositional talent from across the UK and beyond.”

The competition is now open for entries and interested applicants should send submissions to composition@yorkminster.org by 5pm on Monday 13 September.

Entries should be a piece for solo organ, between four and seven minutes in length and playable on an instrument of at least two manuals including the use of pedals. A full brief with details for each category and terms and conditions of entry is available to download from the York Minster website at www.yorkminster.org/whats-on.

The Grand Organ returned to use during worship at the cathedral in March this year, following the completion of a £2m, once-in-a-century refurbishment which started in 2018.

The project was the first refurbishment of the instrument on this scale since 1903. It involved the removal of the organ, including nearly all of its 5,000 plus pipes, to organ specialists in Durham for cleaning, repair and replacement.

The instrument was rebuilt and voiced over several months from summer 2020, before returning to use as part of services in March with a formal dedication by the Archbishop of York on Easter Day (Sunday 4 April).

A programme of events to celebrate the organ’s return will take place throughout 2021 and 2022, starting with a month-long photography exhibition about the refurbishment which opens at the cathedral on 18 June and concluding with a series of inaugural recitals planned for summer 2022.

For further details about the composers’ competition and the programme of events to celebrate the organ’s return, visit www.yorkminster.org.

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Cyclists from York Minster join in the launch of the Cathedrals Cycle Route

Three keen and competitive cyclists from York Minster will be taking part in a nationwide relay ride on a new cycle route linking every Church of England cathedral. The route is launching on 30 May to coincide with the start of Bike Week, the annual celebration of cycling delivered by Cycling UK.

On Tuesday 1 June, a team of cyclists from Ripon Cathedral will arrive at York Minster after completing a 35 mile ride. The following day (Wednesday 2 June), York Minster’s Canon Pastor, the Revd Michael Smith, will lead a Minster cycle team to Bradford Cathedral, the next destination on the relay route. The Minster team plans to complete the 70 mile round trip in a day.

Canon Michael will pass on a specially commissioned baton to the next group of riders in a unique event to launch the new 2,000-mile loop, which links all 42 English Cathedrals to promote greener travel and mental and physical wellbeing.

Speaking for York Minster’s team, Canon Michael said: We are delighted that York Minster will be part of this. We have an opportunity to be at the heart of initiatives to support our communities in recovery and the Cathedrals Cycle Route is one way of doing that.

“It allows our visitors to appreciate not just the beauty and sanctity of our building, but to enjoy the journey between them as well, which after a year of restrictions, is even more important for our mental and physical wellbeing than ever before.”

The first group of cyclists will set out from Newcastle Cathedral, the most northerly Anglican cathedral, on Sunday May 30 and a group is expected to return to Newcastle 42 days later (weather permitting), having cycled every Church of England cathedral. The start of the relay will coincide with ‘The World’s Biggest Bike Ride’, marking the opening day of Bike Week (30 May – 5 June 2021).

The Cathedrals Cycle Route is a unique partnership between the Association of English Cathedrals, the British Pilgrimage Trust, Cycling UK and Sustrans. It measures 2,000 miles in total, with individual legs between cathedrals varying in length to suit all abilities.

It is the invention of academic, entrepreneur and keen cyclist Shaun Cutler, from Northumbria University, and is designed to help us all out of lockdown with opportunities for short cycle rides between cathedrals, new partnerships and fundraising for activities to support physical and mental wellbeing.

Shaun said: “The Cathedrals Cycle Route is about connecting our historic cathedrals and enjoying the spaces between them.

“Now more than ever, after a year of living with the coronavirus pandemic, this is a way to support people’s mental and physical health and promote the mission of England’s cathedrals through pilgrimage, wellbeing and heritage.”

The relay ride will raise money for Cycling UK’s Break the Cycle appeal, which aims to improve people’s wellbeing and tackle social isolation through the charity’s community cycling clubs, activities and projects nationwide.

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Cathedral crafts training enters new phase

The Hamish Ogston Foundation (HOF) has announced a further tranche of funding to support heritage craft training through the Cathedrals’ Workshop Fellowship (CWF). This new award of £700k, which builds on the HOF Covid Emergency grant of £535k announced in January, will enable the ten CWF cathedrals to offer training places to up to twenty-five craft trainees from September 2021.

The funding marks the second phase of a five-year partnership project with the CWF in which HOF is contributing £3.1m to expand heritage training at English cathedrals, enabling them to continue to develop the next generation of craftspeople despite the devastating impact of Covid-19 on cathedrals’ finances. The HOF Craft Training project will be key to maintaining the flow of skilled craftspeople on whom the future of our cathedrals depends.

CWF Executive Director Frances Cambrook said: “We are delighted that the Hamish Ogston Foundation has recognised the value of the training we provide for craftspeople in cathedrals and the importance of ensuring its continuation as cathedrals start to recover from the effects of the pandemic.  Craft skills take time to develop and it is vital that we maintain the training momentum through the difficult years ahead. The funding will enable us to deliver training next year and plan confidently to offer further training opportunities over the next four years”.

Trainee stonemason Harriet Bailey is one of the trainees who will benefit directly from this grant. Harriet is due to complete her NVQ Level 3 in Stonemasonry at York College this summer and has been looking for a training role to enable her to progress. The HOF funding has enabled Chester Cathedral to create a training position to which Harriet has just been recruited. She will start at Chester in the summer and join the Level 4 course in September.

Harriet said: “I’m excited to be undertaking the CWF course funded by the Hamish Ogston Foundation and honoured to be joining Chester cathedral to care for such a beautiful building, rich in history. I look forward to applying what I learn in the degree to my work and reaching a stage where I can plan, manage, and carry out projects. I hope one day to be able to pass down what I learn in the course to future apprentices and trainees”.

Robert Bargery, Heritage Director at the Hamish Ogston Foundation, said: “We are excited to be working with CWF on this timely project, which not only supports the heritage sector at a time of crisis but invests in the skills needed to conserve our cathedrals. Our oldest and finest buildings will not survive without a continuous flow of skilled craftspeople and a key part of our strategy is to give trainees a helping hand as they embark on a truly rewarding career”.

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Major new conservation project starts on York Minster’s medieval St Cuthbert Window

A five-year, £5m project to conserve the medieval St Cuthbert Window, which is one of the largest surviving narrative windows in the world, and the stonework of its surrounding Transept has started at York Minster.

Experts from York Glaziers Trust have begun to remove all 152 stained glass panels from the window, which tells the story of the life and miracles of one of Northern England’s most significant saints.

The removal of the glass is the first phase of work in the conservation project and needs to be completed to allow the Minster’s stonemasons to carry out urgent work to replace and repair eroded and decaying masonry.

The stained glass panels, which are nearly 600-years-old, will undergo painstaking cleaning and repair by the Trust’s conservators, with a selection going on display inside the cathedral as part of a new exhibition – Light, Glass & Stone: Conserving the St Cuthbert Window – opening in June.

Alex McCallion, Director of Works and Precinct at York Minster, said: “The St Cuthbert Window is one of the three great windows in the Minster’s East End alongside the St William and Great East Windows, both of which have undergone major conservation and restoration projects in the last two decades.

“Now, after centuries of exposure to the elements, the stonework of the window and South East Transept in which it sits has eroded and decayed in places and needs urgent attention.

“The removal of the stained glass will allow a thorough inspection of the masonry to be undertaken, before we start the programme of stone work which includes dismantling and rebuilding two huge supporting buttresses, repairs to the window’s tracery and the carving of new grotesques.”

Professor Sarah Brown, Director of York Glaziers Trust, explained: “The window dates from around 1440 and is a rare surviving example of a medieval narrative window, telling the story of St Cuthbert’s life on a monumental scale.

“The essential repair of the stone of the South East Transept has created a once in a lifetime opportunity to conserve the window, which was last restored following the Second World War.

“The team’s work will include intricate cleaning and repairs to the glass and the lead matrix before it is returned to the window with state-of-the-art protective glazing. This will replace external quarry glazing installed in the 1930s and provide a barrier between the medieval glass and the elements to ensure its survival for generations to come.”

St Cuthbert was an Anglo-Saxon monk and bishop of Lindisfarne who lived between c.634 and 687 and was renowned for his good works and miracles, which made him for many centuries the most important saint in northern England.

To help visitors explore his story and the conservation project, a new exhibition will open at the cathedral next month and run until 2024. Light, Glass & Stone: Conserving the St Cuthbert Window will give visitors the rare opportunity to see at close range a selection of stained glass panels from the window.

The exhibition is part of a series of activities at the cathedral to mark the start of the conservation project. Two talks in July and September by renowned experts Dr Katharine Harrison and Professor Sarah Brown will offer the opportunity to explore the window in more detail, including its history and significance, and to learn more about the conservation project. For full details visit www.yorkminster.org/whats-on.

A fundraising campaign for the conservation project is ongoing, and people can support the work by adopting a piece of the window’s stained glass. St Cuthbert Window Adoption Packs are available from the York Minster Shops inside the cathedral and at Minster Gates or online at shop.yorkminster.org.

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York Minster unveils proposals for a new refectory and public space

York Minster is inviting members of the public to comment on design proposals for a new refectory and public open space on the site of the former Minster School.

Sustainability, biodiversity and well-being are at heart of the proposals. The plans include a sympathetic renovation of the Grade II listed building at number 2 Deangate to create the York Minster Refectory.  The conversion will see the full restoration of the building, including cleaning and repairs to the stonework to reveal previously hidden architectural features. The proposals include important new elements such as the creation of disabled access throughout the building and the installation of solar panels – the first anywhere in the Precinct.  Once the permissions for the restoration and conversion of the building have been secured, the Minster will look to partner with a commercial operator to run the refectory on a rental basis.

The hard landscaping will be completely remodelled to make the area accessible and inclusive for the widest possible range of users. The design will link the refectory and the public space, both physically and visually, to the glorious views of the Minster’s South Transept and Quire.

Historic photographs of the front of the school, reveal evidence of extensive planting along the side of the Minster’s Stoneyard and this has been influential in the emerging proposals for the new public space. It will be specifically planned and designed to increase biodiversity in the heart of the city. Plants will be selected for their sensory and healing properties and to provide food for pollinators and habitats for wildlife.

The project is the first to emerge from the York Minster Neighbourhood Plan (YMNP), the community-led planning document which considered how the Minster Precinct will need to evolve to meet the changing needs of its community and visitors up to 2035.

The process of developing a masterplan for the future care of York Minster and its Precinct began in May 2018.  Three subsequent public consultations were critical to the development of the draft Neighbourhood Plan with almost 700 comments received over 32 weeks of consultation.   The Plan was updated and revised earlier this year, to incorporate the former school estate following its closure last July.  A final period of public consultation was held in December 2020 and the Plan was finally submitted to City of York Council in April 2021.  Once adopted, it will form part of City of York Council’s planning policy.

Commenting on the proposals, the Dean of York, the Right Revd Dr Jonathan Frost said that dynamic partnership working with the Neighbourhood Forum, local residents and businesses since 2018, has been vital at every stage of the York Minster Neighbourhood Plan. Dean Jonathan said:  “The realisation of this first set of project proposals is the result of three years of collaborative community effort and a strong, shared sense of realism about  the solutions that will be needed to make the York Minster Precinct viable and sustainable to 2035 and well beyond that date.

“The proposals for this refectory and the public space adjacent to it, respect the Minster and its history and its purpose as a place of worship and welcome. The plans are highly creative and innovative and aim to breathe new life into the building and open spaces in a way that is inclusive, sustainable, economically viable and, which meets the needs of York residents and our visitors.

“I want to encourage as many people as possible to comment on the proposals and help us to make the best decisions for the future of this special corner of the York Minster Precinct.”

Get involved in the public consultation
The public consultation on the design proposals will be available on the York Minster website www.yorkminster.org/about-us/master-planning/ from Friday 21st May until midnight on Sunday 13th June 2021.

The proposals will also be displayed on boards outside the Minster School from Friday 21st May until Sunday 13th June.  However due to ongoing pandemic restrictions, comments on the consultation can only be made online and should be emailed to Alex McCallion, Director of Works and Precinct alexm@yorkminster.org

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York Minster announces reopening plans and summer exhibitions

York Minster is preparing to welcome back sightseeing visitors from Monday 17 May with three new exhibitions planned for the summer exploring the history, architecture and Christian story of the iconic cathedral church.

The Minster has been open for worship since March, but it will be the first time people have been able to return for a general admission visit since 30 December 2020, with tickets now available to book online.

Visitors will be able to see and hear the Grand Organ, unveiled following a once-in-a-century refurbishment, as well as explore the cathedral’s next major conservation project, the medieval St Cuthbert Window, through an exhibition opening in June.

The Dean of York, Jonathan Frost, said: “We’re delighted to be reopening and look forward to welcoming people back to the Minster.

“We have developed a programme of exhibitions and activities for the summer which will enable visitors and pilgrims to explore the layers of history held in the Cathedral’s magnificent architecture, which has the Christian story at its heart.”

The project to refurbish the Grand Organ was completed in March and the instrument can now be heard throughout the week alongside the world class Choir of York Minster at Choral Evensong services, which offer the perfect way to complete a visit to the cathedral.

A photography exhibition exploring the craft skills which were applied to the £2m refurbishment project will run from 18 June – 18 July, as part of a wider programme to celebrate its return.

On Saturday 12 June a new exhibition about the medieval St Cuthbert Window, which tells the story of the life and miracles of one of Northern England’s most significant saints, will open at the cathedral. The exhibition, Light, Glass & Stone: Conserving the St Cuthbert Window, will run until 2024 and explore the cathedral’s current project to conserve the window, which is around 600-years-old and one of the largest surviving narrative windows in Europe. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to see at close range medieval stained glass panels removed from the window as part of the work.

In August the Minster will celebrate the life and work of Grinling Gibbons, the most celebrated British woodcarver of the 17th century, as part of Grinling Gibbons 300 – Carving a Place in History, a national programme marking the 300th anniversary of his death.

Grinling Gibbons: Monuments to Glory, will open at the cathedral on Sunday 1 August and focus on three stone monuments which Gibbons produced for the cathedral of Archbishops Dolben, Lamplugh and Sterne, placing these in the context of his life and wider work. The year-long exhibition will be complemented by a sculpture trail inside the cathedral.

Subject to confirmation of step 3 of the Government’s roadmap, the Minster will be open for sightseeing visits from Monday 17 May at the following times:

To help safely manage numbers inside the cathedral, all general admission visits must be booked in advance online with tickets now available here.

The cathedral has recently reintroduced Choral Evensong to its programme of services and is currently open for worship daily at the following times:

Monday – Saturday


Free tickets must be booked in advance for Sunday services and are available eight days in advance here.

York Minster has put a range of measures in place to help keep its staff, volunteers and visitors safe including enhanced cleaning, hand sanitiser points, limiting capacities and a one-way system.

The York Minster Shops inside the cathedral and at Minster Gates both reopened on Monday 12 April and are open daily and Dean’s Park, the popular green space to the north of the cathedral, is also open seven days a week.

The Library and Archives at York Minster’s Old Palace will also welcome back visitors on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from w/c 17 May by pre-booked appointments only.

For full details of all opening times, services and events at the cathedral, head to Plan Your Visit.

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Archbishop of York to Install Eight New Canons as Members of York Minster’s College of Canons

Eight new Honorary Canons will be collated, admitted and installed as members of the College of Canons of York Minster on Sunday 25th April.

The Installations will take place within a service of Choral Evensong and will be livestreamed. The Honorary Canons elect will be collated and admitted prior to being installed by The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell. Reservations will not be required for the Evensong service but due to the Coronavirus restrictions, capacity will be strictly limited.

The Dean of York, the Right Revd Dr Jonathan Frost said members of the College of Canons act as ambassadors for the mission and work of York Minster and as  ‘critical friends’, bringing a wealth of experience and guidance.  Jonathan said: “The members of the College of Canons bring lively faith, rich experience and great wisdom to York Minster, the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of York. I very much look forward to welcoming them on Sunday and to the journeys and adventures we shall share together in the years to come”.

These honorary appointments are in addition to any posts the Canons Elect currently hold:

The eight Canons Elect are:

The Archdeacon of Cleveland, the Venerable Amanda Bloor, will also be admitted and installed on the same occasion, following her collation last year.

The Archbishop of York said: “I pray that the gifts, wisdom and, above all, Christ-centredness that these new Canons bring to the life of the Cathedral and the Diocese, will be a huge blessing to our life together, and that the places where they serve will be enriched in return. May God fill them with joy to match the patience they have shown in waiting so long for their collation, admission and installation!”

Biographical details

The Revd Nick Bird – Canon and Prebendary of Fenton
Nick was ordained in 2005 and served as Curate in Thirsk until 2009. Since then he has served in what is now the Benefice of Rural East York, comprising Dunnington, Stockton-on-the-Forest, Holtby and Warthill, initially as Priest in Charge and now as Rector. He is a member of the Diocesan Vocations Team and since 2016 has been Area Dean of Derwent Deanery.

The Revd Dominic Black – Canon and Prebendary of Weighton
Dominic was ordained in 1998 and served as Curate at St Michael and All Angels, Orchard Park, Hull until 2004. He was Vicar of Holy Trinity, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough from 2004 to 2020 when he moved become Priest-in-Charge of Hull Minster, and will become Vicar there in 2021. He was also Area Dean of Middlesbrough from 2011 to 2020.

Mrs Ros Brewer to be Canon – Prebendary of Ulleskelf
Ros, a former nurse, is Lay Dean of Scarborough, a Lay Member of the Church of England’s General Synod representing the Diocese of York and consequently a Member of Diocesan Synod, the Diocesan Pastoral and Property Committees, the Diocesan Board of Finance and the Vacancy-in-See Committee; a member of the Deaneries Development Group and more.

The Revd Richard Carew – Canon and Prebendary of Knaresborough
Richard was ordained in 2005 and served as Curate at Beverley Minster. From 2010 to 2018 he was Domestic Chaplain to Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, and is now Vicar of St Edward the Confessor, Dringhouses, York.

The Revd Glyn Holland – Canon and Prebendary of Ampleforth
Fr Glyn was ordained in 1985 and served as Curate at St Chad and St Martin, Wakefield until 1989. He was Vicar of St Andrew, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire, and also Hospice/Hospital Chaplain at Pontefract General Infirmary from 1989 to 1996. Since 1996 he has been Vicar of All Saints, Middlesbrough, where in 2008 he was voted ‘Citizen of the Year’.

The Revd Anne Richards – Canon and Prebendary of North Newbald
Anne was ordained in 2010 following some years as a Christian youth worker, and served as non-stipendiary minister at St Michael and All Angels, Orchard Park, Hull, until 2015. She has been Chaplain to Archbishop Sentamu Academy, Hull, since 2014.

The Revd Tim Robinson – Canon and Prebendary of Langtoft
Tim was ordained in 1991 and served as Curate at St Mary, West Acklam, Middlesbrough until 1995. He was Priest-in-Charge and then Vicar of Holy Trinity, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough from 1995 to 1999. He worked in teaching and theological education from 2000 to 2009. In 2010 he became Priest-in-Charge and later incumbent of the Upper Ryedale group and of Helmsley, and has additionally been Area Dean of Northern Ryedale Deanery since 2011.

The Ven Amanda Bloor – Archdeacon of Cleveland
Amanda was ordained in 2004 and served as Chaplain and Diocesan Advisor in Women’s Ministry to the Bishop of Oxford and subsequently as Area Director of Ordinands for Berkshire, before moving to the Isle of Wight in 2015 to serve as Priest in Charge of Holy Trinity Bembridge and Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands in the Diocese of Portsmouth. Amanda undertook Doctoral research in Clergy Wellbeing and has a keen interest in the flourishing of those engaged in ministry. She was appointed Archdeacon of Cleveland in 2020 and is additionally the Warden of Readers for the Diocese of York.

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Services at York Minster commemorating the life of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Further services of commemoration and thanksgiving for the life of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, were announced today by York Minster.

The Dean of York, the Right Revd Dr Jonathan Frost said:  “This week, the nation will come together to pay our respects to a remarkable man who dedicated his long life to service. We approach this week with sadness, but also with a sense of thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh.

“We will remember his sacrificial service, his care for the environment, his visionary work for young people through the awards scheme that bears his name and, above all, for the support he gave to Her Majesty The Queen.”

Reservations will not be required for these services but due to the Coronavirus restrictions, capacity will be limited to 150 people. Please arrive early to ensure a seat.

Friday 16 April at 5.30pm

Choral Evensong in Thanksgiving for the life of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh  (This service will also be available via livestream HERE).

Taking place on the eve of the funeral, this traditional service from the Book of Common Prayer will be led by the Songmen and Choral Scholars of York Minster with music by Francis Jackson, Herbert Howells, David Halls and Charles Wood. During the service there will be special readings and prayers of thanksgiving led by the Dean of York.

Saturday 17 April

On the day of the funeral, the services at York Minster will be Morning Prayer at 7.30am, Holy Communion at 7.50am and Evening Prayer at 5.30pm.  The Minster will be open for private prayer from 2pm with the opportunity for reflection and the lighting of candles.

The Minster’s Great Peter Bell will toll at 2pm for one hour. At 3pm, York Minster will join the nation in keeping a minute of silence as a mark of respect for the late Duke.

Wednesday 21 April at 5.30pm

Choral Evensong with Prayers for the Royal Family (This service will also be available via livestream HERE).

A service with prayers, readings and music. The Archbishop of York, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable, Stephen Cottrell will preach at the service.

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A Prayer for HRH Duke of Edinburgh

A prayer on the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

God of our lives,
we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,
for his love of our country,
and for his devotion to duty.
We entrust him now to your love and mercy,
through our Redeemer Jesus Christ.


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Holy Week and Easter at York Minster 2021

York Minster today announced its services and events for Holy Week and Easter, the most important festival in the calendar for Christians around the world.

The Dean of York, the Rt Revd Dr Jonathan Frost said:  “In Holy Week, we walk with Jesus through the Passion story: from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; to his trial, and execution, commemorated on Good Friday; through the grief and silence of Holy Saturday, to the utter joy of the resurrection on Easter Day. We bear witness to the love of God, which overcomes even death itself, and will never abandon us – love which leads to life in its fullest sense. This is our story! This is our song!

Services and events inside the Minster will be facilitated in accordance with the Minster’s strict Covid-security measures, with social distancing, hand sanitising, a one-way system, cleaning of all surfaces between visits and no more than 75 people in the cathedral at any one time. Pre-booking for the main Easter services is essential.

Palm Sunday – 28th March

Eucharist for Palm Sunday

10.30am – Livestream (with limited tickets for congregation).

At the Eucharist we hear the Passion Gospel, sung by the Songmen and Choral Scholars of York Minster and bless palm crosses, as a reminder of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, and what would come afterwards. This service turns from triumph to sorrow, marking the beginning of Jesus’ journey to towards the cross.

Choral Evensong for Palm Sunday

4pm – Livestream (with limited tickets for congregation).

A service of Choral Evensong which prepares us for our walk with Christ through Holy Week. The Preacher will be Canon Maggie McLean.

Monday 29th March

7pm – A Service of Lament (Online Premiere).

There is a long tradition of Lament in the Scriptures, where people of faith raise their voices to God in grief. In this season of Lent we provide a short service in which we can express our grief and sadness to God, with hope that God is with us in sorrow, and will hear our cries.

Tuesday 30th March

7pm – Candlelit Compline – Online Premiere

A beautiful candlelit service of night prayer with music and stillness. This service is a form of prayer said at the completion of the day, and traditionally after this service we are encouraged to enter into a time of silence.

Wednesday 31st March

7pm – TenebraeOnline Premiere

The service of Tenebrae takes its name from the Latin word for ‘darkness’ or ‘shadows.’ It is a solemn reflection on the searing events of Holy Week—in readings from the Gospels, psalmody, music and silence.  Candles are gradually extinguished until only a single candle, considered a symbol of Christ, the light of the world, remains. Toward the end of the service, the ‘Christ candle’ is hidden, typifying the apparent victory of the forces of evil over good.  At the end, a loud noise is made (the strepitus), symbolizing the earthquakes at the time of his death and his resurrection. The hidden candle is then restored to its place, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil.

Maundy Thursday – 1st April

11am – The Chrism Eucharist (Livestream only)

The Archbishop of York will preside and preach at the Chrism Eucharist and will bless holy oils for use through the coming year. Traditionally, in this service, ordained and lay ministers from across the Diocese gather together to renew their vows and their commitment to ministry. Because we are unable to gather together this year, the service will be live-streamed for the first time enabling everyone to participate in this moving and memorable act of worship.

7pm – The Liturgy of Maundy Thursday: A Eucharist of the Last Supper

(Livestream with limited tickets for congregation).

The Eucharist of the Last Supper recalls the final meal Jesus shared with his disciples in the upper room, before his arrest and trial. As we bless bread and wine, we follow his command to proclaim his death until he comes in glory. In a year when many have been unable to partake physically in the Eucharist, this service will help us all reflect on the meaning of the body and blood of Christ, and how we can be bound together through this sacrament even in its absence. The preacher will be Canon Michael Smith.

Good Friday – 2nd April

10am – The Liturgy of Good Friday (Livestream with limited tickets for congregation).

A simple service in which we gather at the foot of the cross to pray, with readings and music. The Preacher will be the Dean of York, the Rt Revd Dr Jonathan Frost.

Reflections for Good Friday

12noon until 3pm (Livestream with limited tickets for congregation).

This year we offer three separate half hour services with scripture, silence and music to aid our devotions. The Preacher will be the Revd Catriona Cumming, Succentor.

Holy Saturday, Easter Eve – 3rd April

8pm – The Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter (Limited tickets for congregation)

This Eucharist moves from darkness to light. We recall God’s saving actions through time, culminating in the Resurrection in the light of the first Easter Day. The Easter Vigil marks the end of the emptiness of Holy Saturday, and leads into the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. The singing of the Exsultet, the ancient hymn of triumph and rejoicing, links this night of our Christian redemption to the Passover night of Israel’s redemption out of Egypt.  The Easter Gospel is proclaimed with all the joy and splendour that the church can find and the Alleluia, which has been silent throughout Lent, returns.

Easter Day – Sunday 4th April                                             

8am – Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer

A simple said service in the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer and King James Bible.

10am – Choral Matins on Easter Day (Limited tickets for congregation).

Following the pattern of Matins from the Book of Common Prayer, with sung psalms, canticles and an anthem.

11am – Festal Eucharist on Easter Day (Livestream with limited tickets for congregation). We greet the risen Lord with joy, proclaiming Alleluia, Christ is risen, he is risen indeed!  The President and Preacher will be the Archbishop of York.

4pm – Solemn Evensong on Easter Day and Dedication of the Grand Organ

(Livestream with limited tickets for congregation).

A great day of rejoicing culminates in an uplifting service of Choral Evensong and the dedication of York Minster’s Great Organ by the Archbishop of York, which is brought back to life after three years of refurbishment.

The Preacher is Canon Victoria Johnson, Precentor.

Services during Easter Week

7.30am Morning Prayer (Common Worship)

7.50am Holy Communion.

Evensong in Holy Week

Daily at 5.30 pm (Limited tickets for congregation)

We mark the end of each day in Holy Week with Choral Evensong – with seasonal psalmody and music, scripture and prayers and becoming more sparse and simple each day. These services take place in the building and will not be live-streamed.

Stations of the Cross – Online

Friday 26th March until Good Friday, 2nd April.

Released each day at 12noon

The Stations of the Cross originated when early Christians visited Jerusalem hoping to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, tracing the path from Pilate’s house to Calvary. They would pause for prayer and devotion at various points. Eventually those pilgrims brought the practice back to their home countries and ever since, Christians of differing traditions have used this form of devotion. This year we make our pilgrimage online. We use stations created by students from St Peter’s School, York. Each station will be accompanied by a Bible reading, a piece of music, a short reflection, and a prayer.

To access Stations of the Cross online click here. The stations will also be released on our social media channels.

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