Church music night is cue for songs of praise

Pippa Lloyd at St Mark's Church.
Pippa Lloyd at St Mark's Church.
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Here’s some heavenly news for fans of the Leeds arts scene – a live music night is being launched in a renovated church building in the city.

St Mark’s Church in Woodhouse lay derelict for 13 years before reopening in March following a major refurbishment project.

Dating back to the 19th century, it is still a functioning church but also acts as a community events space.

And this Friday night the building will play host to a showcase of up-and-coming music artists.

The bill for the first Live at St Mark’s evening features acoustic performers Edna Sully and Dave Pilla with the band Meraki as headliners.

Organiser Pippa Lloyd, who is herself a singer-songwriter, said: “The idea behind Live at St Mark’s was simply to set up a brand new live music night to help support and showcase talented, emerging musicians and bands from across the city.

“I think St Mark’s is something really special as a venue. It’s an incredible live music space, with fantastic acoustics, and is an absolutely stunning setting to watch live music in as it’s steeped in history and a sense of spirituality, so I really want to encourage people to come along to our opening night and check it out.”

Pippa is also keen to hear from musicians and bands interested in performing at future St Mark’s events.

She said: “I’m hoping that other music fans will fall in love with the venue as much as me.

“Long-term, I’d really love to grow the venue into a regular hotspot for breaking new music and I’d love to hear from any other local artists or bands who’d like to get involved.”

Friday’s event is free and starts at 8pm.

Gig-goers are asked to bring their own drinks as the venue has yet to secure an alcohol sales licence.

For further information, e-mail gatewaymusic@hotmail.co.uk.

St Mark’s is one of 600 churches that were built across the country to celebrate the Duke of Wellington’s victory over Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815.

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