Civic procession to Leeds Festival service

June 16, 1951 | Filed under: Yorkshire Post

An old custom is to be revived in Leeds on June 24 when public representatives will walk in procession – weather permitting – from the Civic Hall to the Parish Church for a Festival Sunday civic service.

Those who are being invited by the Lord Mayor (Lieutenant-Colonel F. Eric Tetley) to take part include aldermen and councillors, magistrates, Members of Parliament, representatives of the University and senior Corporation officials. The band of Leeds Police Force will also be in attendance and the procession will be accompanied by mounted police.

The procession will leave the Civic Hall, where members of the Council and respresentatives of the University will robe, just before 10 a.m., and walk to the church via Calverley Street, The Headrow, Park Row, Bond Street, Commercial Street and Kirkgate. If it rains, motor buses will be used.

The Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the Leeds Parish Church organist, Dr. Melville Cook, at the invitation of Mr. Maurice Miles, will take part in the service. The music will include the Nimrod variation from Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Stanford’s “Te Deum and Jubilate” in B flat, the hymn “All People That on Earth do Dwell,” Parry’s “I Was Glad,” Croft’s “O Worship the King,” Vaughan Williams’s “For all the Saints” and Walford Davies’s arrangement of the National Anthem.

The Vicar of Leeds (Canon A. S. Reeve) will give the address. Tickets will not be required and the service will start at 10.30 a.m.

Dr. Cook is to give an organ recital at the Parish Church on June 25 at 7.30 p.m. and on July 9, at the same time, a recital will be given in the church by its own choir combined with that of York Minster. This will be a repetition of the York Festival recital given in the Minster on June 5.

A highlight of the Leeds Festival, in the field of drama, will be a production of Christopher Fry’s “A Sleep of Prisoners,” to be given at St. George’s Church from July 2 to July 7 with matinees on the Wednesday and Saturday and a special performance for organised parties from schools on the Friday afternoon.

Admission prices for the play will be 5s., 4s. and 2s., with a few unbookable seats, from which a view of the actors is not guranteed, at 1s. 6d.

The play attracted widespread attention when it was first given in a London church recently and the same cast is to perform it in Leeds. St. George’s Church, in Great George Street, has been chosen by the Leeds Anglican Churches as the one most suitable in the city for this play, which was writen for the Religious Drama Society for production in church. A box office is to be opened on Monday in St. George’s Crypt.

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