Music is a vital and important part of life at St Wilfrid, bringing our various communities together, and enriching our liturgical worship and prayer. The Director of Music, Leonard Sanderman, has oversight: he directs the liturgical music and is responsible for the choir, musicians and organs. He is also responsible for our Music Engagement and Outreach programme in local primary schools.
The choir rehearses on Friday evenings, and also before the parish mass on Sundays. In addition, the choir sings at many weekday services, and at least monthly on a Sunday evening. To learn more about the music which the choir sings, download the St Wilfrid Harrogate Music List Spring 2018
If you are interested in singing, playing or supporting the music life here, please contact Leonard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Director of Music
Leonard Sanderman (born 1991) is Director of Music (Organist & Master of the Choristers) in the Parish of St Wilfrid, Harrogate.
He is a doctoral researcher in Anglo-Catholic church music at the University of York, funded by a full AHRC studentship.
He was Organ Scholar at Cheltenham College from 2009-2010, after which he read music and held the Organ Scholarship at Keble College, Oxford (2010-2013). From 2011-2013, he combined this with the post of Resident Organist at Pusey House, Oxford. From 2013-14 he was Organ Scholar at Chichester Cathedral.
He was initially taught the organ by his father, and later by a.o. Clive Driskill-Smith, Sietze de Vries, Ben van Oosten, Steven Grahl, and Ronny Krippner. He participated in masterclasses with a.o. Hans Haselböck, Pieter van Dijk and Peter Williams. Leonard is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists.
He is internationally active as a performer and conductor, and was recorded for a live broadcast on BBC 3, as well as multiple CDs. Leonard is a commisioned composer, and contributed significantly to the New Dutch Hymnal.
When he is not working, Leonard enjoys entertaining friends, reading, woodworking, and painting.
Baptism – also called Christening – marks the point when a human being becomes a Christian, and a member of the Christian Church.
Baptism isn’t just for babies. Even though the majority of those coming to be baptised are infants, there are increasing numbers of older children and adults who seek baptism.
At St Wilfrid’s we have a number of Sundays each year where baptisms take place as part of the main Parish Mass at 10am. In 2018 these are January 7th, February 4th, April 8th, May 6th, June 3rd, July 1st, August 5th, September 2nd, October 7th and November 4th. Baptisms are carried out as part of the Parish Mass, and up to 3 babies can be christened during one service.
If you are interested in being baptised yourself, or are enquiring on behalf of a child, the first point of contact is our parish office. Your details will then be passed on to our dedicated team of baptism visitors who will come to see you, to talk through the process and its requirements as well as to try to answer any questions you might have.
Your Wedding Ceremony in Church
A wedding is a great celebration of the love that the Church has historically defined as “a union permanent and lifelong, for better for worse, till death them do part, of one man with one woman, to the exclusion of all others on either side, for the procreation and nurture of children, for the hallowing and right direction of the natural instincts and affections, and for the mutual society, help and comfort which the one ought to have of the other, both in prosperity and adversity.”
Getting married is a serious step and we seek to walk with couples, not just in the planning of the Marriage Service itself, but in exploring the riches of married life and the meaning of the sacrament of marriage.
Our Wedding Pack for 2018 sets out in great detail all the information you will require to be married here, as well as helping you with guidance about all aspects of the day.
Because there are certain legal requirements which you must fulfil if you want to be married here, we very much encourage couples to contact us as a first step – before trying to arrange receptions, invites, flowers or many of the other things that go hand in hand with getting married – but you’d be surprised by the number of people who manage to arrange everything except the actual marriage service itself!
Your Wedding Reception at St Wilfrid Harrogate
The Parish Hall is a lovely vintage venue for wedding receptions. The hall can seat up to 120 people for a wedding breakfast, or up to 200 people standing. The hall is fully licensed for entertainment and sale of alcohol. You can choose your own professional caterers and bar providers or use one of our recommended suppliers. The hall has outdoor space, two small kitchens, a stage and an additional room.
Wedding Receptions in the Church
Larger wedding receptions for up to 260 people can be accommodated in the church itself.
If you would like to find out more about wedding receptions at St Wilfrid Harrogate, contact Rebecca Oliver on 01423 504629.
Banns of Marriage
If you are marrying in another parish church, but need your Banns of Marriage to be read here, please contact the parish office. Our administrator will assist you with providing the necessary information. Call the office on 01423 504629.
When someone we have loved comes to the end of their life, it can be a time not just of profound sadness and grief, but also a hectic time where a lot of arrangements and decisions need to be made.
The relatives of anyone who has lived within the parish of St Wilfrid or who regularly worshipped here can ask for a funeral service for the person who has died.
The first step is always to contact your chosen funeral directors. They will then work with us in co-ordinating the availability of the church and clergy with their own diaries, as well as the availability of crematoria and cemeteries.
The vast majority of people whose funerals take place here opt to have the whole service here (rather than to have some or the last part of the funeral service – the Committal – taking place at the crematorium of cemetery).
We are able to offer a simple and straight forward funeral service, through to a full funeral mass for those who might have been regular worshippers. The clergy will work with you to advise on what hymns might be sung, or music played by the organist; which bible readings you might want read as well as to guide you in the production of orders of service and help think through any other aspects of the funeral, including guidance on whether or not you, relatives or friends might wish to speak at the funeral service itself.
Above all, we want to ensure that this act of worship reflects both the grace, beauty and comfort of God as well as helping you to pray for and remember the person who had died, in all the richness of their life.
Whether the person who died had themselves planned hymns, music and readings, or left no particular instructions, we will work with you and your funeral directors to help you make appropriate choices.
“I am the resurrection and the life says the Lord.”