Haworth Church, the world premiere!

Haworth Parish Church is set to join the world premiere circuit!

Birmingham-based choir Via Nova will be in Haworth Church to stage the first-ever world performance of choral works inspired by the village’s famous literary family, the Brontës, and the county’s coal heritage on Wednesday, August 16th.

Viva Nova will be undertaking a four-day tour of Yorkshire when they will sing at Haworth Parish Church, the National Coal Mining Museum in Middletown near Wakefield and Wakefield Cathedral.

Their four-concert series starts at Haworth Parish Church and their offering includes the first-ever public staging of new choral works that have been inspired by the Brontë legend and Yorkshire’s contribution to the nation’s coal-mining legacy as well as a UK premiere of a choral piece composed by organist Philip Moore, the former organist and Master of Music at York Minster.

Via Nova is a choir that is very much linked to Birmingham’s tradition of encouraging experimental and innovative arts. They have a strong commitment living composers and have a special focus on artists who come from or work in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Haworth Parish Church has become a popular concert venue having hosted choirs from the East Midlands and North Wales in recent years as well as many of the choirs from the Aire and Worth Valleys.

Via Nova’s decision to bring their Bronte-inspired works to Haworth comes during the 200th anniversary year of Branwell Brontë’s birth and see them performing in the same building in which most of the Bronte family are interred and next door to the family’s home, now the Parsonage Museum.

The concert will last for an hour and a quarter and admission will be free with a retiring collection being taken to help cover the choir’s tour costs as well as the Church’s costs.

The concerted is being hosted by the Church’s support group, the Friends of the Brontës’ Church.

A spokesperson for the choir said: “We’re very much looking forward to visiting Haworth Parish Church and it’s exciting to be performing in a building and village with such well known literary heritage.”

Peter Breed, Chairman of the Friends of the Brontës’ Church, said: “We’re delighted to host Via Nova. We stage concerts and other events so that we can provide financial help to the Church and encourage interest in the building.”

The concert starts at 7.30pm: refreshments will be available and we shall be making a retiring collection to aid with both the concert costs and to boost the Church Restoration Fund.

 

Via Nova Choir who will sing in Haworth Church on August 16th


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Great work Diane!

Last Sunday we were able to mark Diane Wilson’s wonderful service as Church Warden. During the service she was presented with a bouquet by the current Church Warden Peter Breed and Treasurer Averil Kenyon.

Diane stood down at the APCM in May after eight years in post and the congregation wanted her to know how much they appreciated her work on their behalf.

Now we just have to find a replacement for her……any offers????

Former Church Warden Diane Wilson (left) is presented with a bouquet by current Church Warden Peter Breed (centre) and Treasurer Averil Kenyon current


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Peter Mullins to preach at Haworth Church

Rev. Peter Mullins, the newly-licensed Rector of Haworth and Cross Roads will preach in Haworth Church for the first time on Sunday. (July 9th)

Rev. Peter Mullins, our newly-licensed Rectoir.


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Welcome to our new Rector, Rev. Peter Mullins.

Last night (Wednesday, June 28th) we welcomed our new Rector Rev. Peter Mullins to our Parish when he was inducted by the the Bishop of Bradford the Right Rev. Toby Howarth; the Dean of Bradford Cathedral the Very Rev. Jerry Lepine, Archdeacon the Very Rev. Andy Jolley and Area Dean Rev. Sandra Benham at St James’ Church in Cross Roads.

The ceremony in Cross Roads was well attended including a host of community leaders including: two Deputy Lieutenants of the County David Pearson and Robin Wright; Cllr. Rebecca Poulsen of Bradford Council, three Councillors from Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council; clergy from the other Churches in Haworth and Cross Roads, members of the congregations from Cross Roads, Haworth and Stanbury, a substantial party from Peter’s former Parish in Grimsby and invited guests.

Peter takes over the mantle left vacant following Rev. Peter Mayo-Smith’s transfer to the Parish of Eldwick in January.

Peter, Deborah and their family are most welcome to the United Benefice of Haworth and Cross Roads. We look forward to sharing their mission in our community.

Rev. Peter Mullins pictured with Deputy Lieutenant of the County David Pearson

Bishop of Bradford Right Rev. Toby Howarth leads the clergy out of Church following the induction ceremony of Rev. Peter Mullins

Rev. Peter Mullins welcomed to the Worth Valley by Cllr Rebecca Poulsen.

 

From left to right: Dean of Bradford Cathedral Very Rev. Jerry Lepine, Rev. Peter Mullins, Deborah Mullins and Bishop of Bradford Right Rev Toby Howarth.

Rev. Peter Mullins with Area Dean Rev. Sandra Benham.


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Book bonus for Church

The Friends of the Brontes’ Church raised more than £30 for Church Funds with their used book sale in Church on Saturday, June 24th. Thanks for your efforts folks.

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God go with you Peter

Our best wishes go with our retired priest, Rev. Peter Wilson, who enters hospital on Monday, June 26th for a replacement knee operation.

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Hat-trick heroes for Church

Saturday evening’s fantastic concert by local big band Gerry and the Hattricks attracted a 100-plus audience to Haworth Parish Church. They enthusiastically greeted the 1960s-inspired programme delivered by band leader Jack Large and his musicians as well as singers Michaela Smith and Doug Edmondson. And as a bonus more than £650 was raised for the Church Restoration Fund and a local film charity.

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Book fayre date

We will be staging a book fayre in Church on Saturday, June 24th 10.30am until 4.00 pm. Refreshments will be available so why not drop in and pick up some summer reading.

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Great result for Spring Fayre.

Thanks to all the people that assisted at our Spring Fayre on Saturday, May 20th we earned £1,700. Great work folks.

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Confirmation this coming Sunday.

This coming Sunday, June 4th at 10.45am there will be a Confirmation Service with Bishop Colin Buchanan officiating.

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