Mammoth 24hr hymn challenge for Leeds choir

The St Peter's Singers singing the New English Hymnal 'from cover to cover'.

The St Peter's Singers singing the New English Hymnal 'from cover to cover'.

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Members of a Leeds choir had to be on song at the weekend as they tried to warble their way through more than 500 hymns in 24 hours.

The St Peter’s Singers took on the task of going through the entire New English Hymnal from cover to cover in a bid to raise much needed funds to keep the choir going.

Starting on Friday at Leeds Minster, the singers carried on until Saturday, trying to perform as many hymns as they could.

David Hawkin of the St Peter’s Singers said: “As part of the ancient choral foundation at Leeds Minster, the Singers are well-versed in hymn singing.

“The Hymn-a-thon was, for the full 24 hours, streamed live on the Internet through the Minster website, and we were live-tweeting as we sang!”

The Minster was also open during the day on Friday and Saturday, with visitors invited to listen and to join in.

The Hymn-a-thon arranged to raise much-needed funds for St Peter’s Singers, who have been together since June 1977.

The choir’s city concerts each season include a free event at Leeds Town Hall in February, which next year will include a concert of music for choir and organ in special commemoration of the First World War which broke out a century ago in 2014.

A major choral and orchestral presentation takes place at Leeds Minster on the evening of Good Friday in a performance which has grown to become a significant local event in the church calendar.

Next Good Friday, J S Bach’s Mass in B minor will be presented with accompaniment from Sally Robinson and the National Festival Orchestra.

Anyone who wants to donate to the choir can visit www.justgiving.com/stpsol

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