Songs of Praise service at the Minster

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One of Halifax’s most magnificent landmark buildings will come alive with the sound of music this Easter.

All Souls Church at Haley Hill, Boothtown will be the setting for a special Songs of Praise service on Easter Day, Sunday, April 20 at 4pm. The event is being staged by Halifax Minster and will feature the Minster Choir.

It is being arranged by kind permission of The Churches Conservation Trust, which looks after the historic church, and a retiring collection will be held at the end of the service in aid of the Trust.

All Souls’ is recognised as one of Halifax’s most magnificent landmark buildings, designed by architect Sir George Gilbert Scott and paid for by Halifax manufacturer and benefactor, Edward Akroyd.

Scott regarded it as his best church but still lamented it was not grander still. Completed in 1859, it has a 72-metre high spire and dazzling stained glass, created by master craftsmen.

Between the nave and the aisles are arcades with columns made from Derbyshire marble, and the piers of the tower and transept arches are made from Aberdeen granite

The Anglican church, which is no longer used for regular worship (it was declared redundant on March 1, 1979) is designated by English Heritage as a Grade 1 listed building.

Minster Assistant Curate, Jonathan Bish said: “All Souls’ church is one of the finest Victorian buildings in the north of England. So we take our links with the church and the community in Boothtown very seriously.

“At Easter, we celebrate new life; it seems fitting to celebrate new life in an old building that is searching for new uses. Certainly we hope to celebrate many more services in All Souls in years to come, and we’re always looking for new ways to be engaged in Boothtown.”

**Everyone is welcome at the Easter Sunday service but please note access is limited and there are no toilets.

Halifax Minster will be the setting for a number of services over Easter including: Good Friday Liturgy, Friday, April 18, 1.30pm; Easter Vigil, Easter Saturday, April 19, 8.30pm; Holy Communion BCP, Easter Sunday, April 20, 9am; Eucharist CW on Easter Sunday, April 20, 10.30am. Everyone is welcome.