May 22, 2017

On the South Quire Aisle in York Minster is an imposing monument to a former Archbishop of York, John Dolben (1624-86).  Previously Dean of Westminster Abbey and Bishop of Rochester, he took up the See of York for only three years before dying of smallpox.  

For Ci...

May 19, 2017

Although Charles I was in the south during the Siege of York, focusing his personal military campaign on keeping the upper hand in Oxfordshire (Cropredy Bridge, 29 June), he was deeply concerned about the situation in York, and he sent his nephew, Prince Rupert, to rel...

May 19, 2017

On the trail of a key figure in York's Civil War fortunes, Sir Thomas Fairfax. When Charles I attempted to raise his standard in York in June 1642 Sir Thomas was chosen to represent the local nobility to express their unhappiness with his cause of action. He played a c...

March 10, 2016

We are once again looking forward to our particpation in York Minster's services over Lent and Holy Week.  Our regular involvement in Holy Week Compline date back to the choir's early years when we performed Charpentier's Lecons de Tenebres and Le Reniement de St Pierr...