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Ringing in Heritage Open Days at Dewsbury Minster: Kirklees HOD launch event

Dewsbury Minster Church of All Saints, Vicarage Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, WF12 8DD

Help us ring in the start of the Heritage Open Days festival with this musical event at Dewsbury Minster.

Featuring performances from Dewsbury Minster's handbell ringers and choir, as well as local folk band Hebble.

To launch Heritage Open Days across Kirklees, and as part of Kirklees Year of Music, we're putting on an evening of entertainment at Dewsbury Minster.

You're first invited to tour the Minster, which dates from the 13th century, and try your hand at handbell ringing, then sit back and enjoy the musical performances.

Dewsbury Minster's famous tower bell, Black Tom, rings in the Devil's Knell each Christmas - when the bell is rung once for each year since the birth of Christ - but that's not the only bell at the Minster. Handbell ringing has a long history in the church and in the Dewsbury area in general: here, you'll get the chance to hear a performance by the current ringers - and perhaps you'll be inspired to join them. (They're running another have-a-go session later in the week.)

Dewsbury Minster's choir will sing a variety of songs, with accompaniment from the Church organ.

Hailing originally from Ireland and both sides of the Pennines, these experienced performers combine instruments with harmony vocals to play foot-tapping trad. songs and tunes from across the British Isles & Ireland, with some Americana in the mix too.

This event took place in September 2023 and the entry is now archived.

Date last modified: 21st August 2023 at 18:34