Heaven in Ordinary

Friday 8th March 2019, 12.30pm

Leeds Minster’s regular Friday lunchtime music recital takes a literary twist on 8th March, with a special performance which is part of Leeds Lit Fest. The event ‘Heaven in Ordinary’, brings together and an organist and a poet in an unusual collaboration in the inviting setting of Leeds Minster.

Chris Newton is an organist at St Bartholomew’s Church, Armley, and is well known as a regular recitalist throughout Leeds and further afield. He also works with a number of local choirs.

Hannah Stone is an academic and poet with two collections of poetry published (Lodestone, 2016, and Missing Miles, 2017) and two new publications forthcoming in 2019.


The event takes its name from a poem by the Metaphysical poet and priest George Herbert, who was writing in the early seventeenth century. Herbert saw God’s hand at work in everyday things, and his poetry reflects this outlook on life, with references to such things as birds of paradise and the Milky Way. The programme of organ music draws on work which does this as well, with great organ pieces which range from a Fugue by Bach to works by McDowell, Locklair and Vierne. The poems, from Hannah’s published and new work, also reflect the words of Herbert and his great contribution to the spiritual life of the Church.


Light refreshments are available before the performance which begins at 12.30pm. There is no admission charge, but a retiring collection will be made.