A Local Composer at Huddersfield Parish Church.

On Sunday 8th March at 3pm, Huddersfield Parish Church welcomes ‘Rastrick Voices’ who will be singing a new setting for Choral Evensong composed by their director Gordon Balmforth.


Rastrick Voices

Gordon Balmforth

The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor said,

‘It is not often that a newly commissioned piece of sacred music is revealed and we are honoured that Gordon and ‘Rastrick Voices’ are singing on sunday in the traditional setting of choral evensong.’

The first rendition of this new setting was at St. John’s church Rastrick, the spiritual home of the ‘Rastrick Voices’, Sunday the 1st March.

Daniel Roberts, the Choir Master at Huddersfield Parish Church wrote on Facebook this week:

‘Congratulations to Gordon on the premier of his Evensong setting! It was fantastic to sing it, and I am looking forward to doing it again next week in Huddersfield Parish Church.’

Evensong at Huddersfield Parish Church uses the words of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and has been a regular reintroduction of this form of worship which begins at 3pm each week. Over time a diverse group of individuals find themselves immersed in this quiet and reflective service. The Parish Church Choir sings most Sunday afternoon but other choirs are occasionally invited and involved.

The preacher for this week’s service will be the Archdeaconry of Halifax, the Venerable Anne Dawtry.

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