Music at the Minster

As a “Mother Church of West Yorkshire”, Dewsbury Minster has a long and noble musical heritage, which is acknowledged and greatly respected in The Diocese of Wakefield and beyond.

The current Team Rector, appointed in 2016, is very keen to encourage and promote the musical life and reputation of The Minster.

A wide variety of traditional and contemporary music and worship styles of the highest calibre, are offered week by week, using organ, piano and choir, under the very able leadership of our  talented musician: Organist and Choir Director: Stephen Parker FMCM FGMS.

PRACTICES ARE HELD FORTNIGHTLY ON MONDAY EVENINGS at 7.30PM. Email  enquiries will be passed on to Stephen.

Affiliated to and working with the R.S.C.M., The Minster has hosted an ‘Eat Meet and Sing’ event where Gordon Appleton promoted choral liturgy settings and extended our own, well-loved, portfolio.

For eleven years, The Minster hosted the Annual Dewsbury Festival of Christian Music, which attracted prominent choirs, solo artistes and distinguished mu

sicians from around the country. It has also featured on BBC’s Songs of Praise and national and local radio.

The acoustics of the building are widely acclaimed and some of the region’s most eminent organists have given Organ Recitals here.

 

Find out more about the now rebuilt Conacher Organ at The Minster.

We are pleased to share our music through worship and entertainment. Why not join us for worship at 10.30a.m. or 6.30p.m. Sundays and /or keep in contact with the Events Diary and Minster News pages of this web site.

Dewsbury Minster plays an active role in the civic and cultural life of the town and regularly hosts greatly appreciated concerts and musical evenings in partnership with The Town Centre Management, Local Area Committee and the Mayoral office. For example in 2004: ‘An Edwardian Extravaganza Evening’ to celebrate the Centenary of the Market Hall in Dewsbury and ‘Lest We Forget’ a Concert for Remembrance tide in the presence of The Mayor of Kirklees.


For Dewsbury’s attractions and activities visit www.batleyanddewsbury.co.uk and www.dewsburyonline.co.uk/

Organist

Stephen Parker  FMCM FGMS has been trained by: –

  • Keith Senior (Organ) – formerly of Ossett Parish Church
  • John Kinsley (Piano)
  • Jonathan Lilley (Organ) – formerly of Leeds Parish Church currently of Ely Cathedral.
  • Phillip Tordoff (Organ) – Halifax Parish Church.