photo: Andrew Jackson
St Michael le Belfrey
We are indebted to the church of St Michael le Belfrey for its willing and friendly co-operation in accommodating the choir within its busy schedule of services, not just for concerts, but for rehearsals too. St Michael le Belfrey has been the choir’s adopted home for many years for performances of its annual series of six concerts.
St Michael le Belfrey is a pleasant 16th century building with earlier origins and is steeped in history, being the church where Guy Fawkes was baptised in 1570. It is the largest parish church in the city of York, holding a congregation or audience of around 600. It is in many ways an ideal venue, not only by virtue of its large capacity, but by being blessed with a good acoustic for both performers and audience and having an ambience suited to choral settings of the mainly religious texts which are the mainstay of the choir’s repertoire. There is seating in the broad nave, which includes side aisles (although some side seating may have a view restricted by stone columns), and in the first floor gallery. Knowing that it is an historic church with wooden pews, upholstered only in the nave, many of Yorkshire Bach Choir’s regular patrons bring their own cushions to concerts.
Seating can be provided for those with disabilities and access to the ground floor is available for wheelchairs. Stewards are available on the door to deploy portable ramps when requested. It is helpful to know in advance of any special requirements. If you require any further information about this, please contact Malcolm Hainsworth, telephone (01904) 705467.
St Michael le Belfrey is easy to find, being situated adjacent to the south side of the imposing west towers of York Minster, between High Petergate and Minster Yard.
The streets around the church are pedestrianised during the day, so no street parking is available. The nearest car parks are at Bootham and St Leonard’s Place. The church is approximately three-quarters of a mile from the railway station.