This latest film in our campaign to tell our story here in the Diocese of Leeds, takes us behind the scenes at St Paul’s, Birkenshaw as they prepare for the latest concert in their month long Music Festival.It was the first of its kind for St Paul's, and the vicar, the Revd Danny Walker, wanted to create something to appeal to all tastes and bring people in to church to hear some fantastic music.
And that’s exactly what he did. His rich and varied programme included a Reggae Mass, an evening of Opera North, jazz, a film night; a Good Old Days event performed by the congregation; a Swing Band; Choral Evensong from the Men and Boys choir of Bradford Cathedral, and a Songs of Praise.
It proved to be a huge success with well over 2,000 people attending, most of the events sold out, and the church even made a healthy profit.
Said Danny: “It just built and built as the month went on. It brought out some real talent and gave people the chance to experience something special right here in Birkenshaw."
And one year on - its legacy continues with numbers well up on most events. Plans are already in the pipeline for a similar event next year themed around the end of the anniversary of the First World War with local Big Band Artist, Paul Stone already signed up!
“But more than that, “ said Danny. “ It has created a buzz in the community and buoyed up the congregation. They are much more confident now.
"And it’s put the church at the heart of the community. That’s worth much more to me than what we raised,’ he added.