Illuminating Halifax – Piece Hall, Square Chapel, Minster and more…

Square Chapel, The Piece Hall and The Halifax Minster present

Illuminating Halifax

Fri 07 Dec—Mon 10 Dec
Times: Various at Square Chapel Arts Centre, The Piece Hall & Halifax Minster

Tickets: Free

This December Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax Minster and The Piece Hall, are lighting up their buildings in one mesmerising weekend of spectacular light.

 

Square Chapel Arts Centre

Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December

6pm | 7pm | 8pm | 9pm

Free to attend

Square Chapel Art Centre’s copper building will come to life in a 10 minute light and sound spectacular celebrating 30 years of the arts centre.


Halifax Minster

Sunday 9 December: 5.30pm | 6.30pm | 7.30pm | 8.30pm

Monday 10 December: 3.30pm | 4.30pm | 5.30pm | 6.30pm

Free to attend

Ceiling illumination at the Halifax Minster

Three Harps of Christmas at Halifax Minster

Monday 10 December, 8:00pm

Tickets £15

Join internationally renowned harpist Ruth Wall as she takes you on a candlelit journey through carols, medieval and new music on concert harp, Gaelic wire strung harp and the Renaissance bray harp at the wonderful Halifax Minster.

Book now


The Piece Hall

Friday 7 – Sunday 9 December

From dusk | Free to attend

The Piece Hall will house a frosted Christmas light installation that will illuminate using the beautiful historical cloth hall as a backdrop.

A Jolly Square Chapel Christmas!

Loads of things happening at the Square Chapel Arts Centre in the run up to Christmas from festive films, Christmas choirs and concerts and bright and buoyant brass bands.

A Jolly Square Chapel Christmas Brochure can be downloaded here but just some of the things going on are;

  • The 12 films of Christmas
  • The Nutcracker for children 3+
  • The Jolly Christmas Postman for children 3+
  • Calderdale Big Band – a Swinging Christmas
  • CUBE Choir

and much more! Book tickets through the Box Office on 01422 349 422
Monday–Saturday: 10:00am–9:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm–8:00pm or online at the Square Chapel website.

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)

Square Chapel Arts Centre is showing on Friday 12 October, 8:00pm a hilarious cabaret musical about depression, that explains, sings, and throws glitter about how it’s OK not to be OK.

Sally’s a happy person. She doesn’t let little things get her down and almost never cries. But she’s got an illness. It makes her feel like she isn’t the person she wants to be, but she doesn’t want anyone to know about it.

Written by Olivier award winner Jon Brittain (Rotterdam and Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho) with music by Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky & Mannish).

It’s a joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar coated, unrelenting and completely super happy show! Except for the bits about depression.

Pay What You Can £20-£1 for tickets through the Box Office on 01422 349422.

Illustrated Historical Talk: Ann Walker’s In-Laws

In an Anne Lister related theme, David Glover describes Ann Walker’s in-laws – The Sutherland family of Scotland and Lightcliffe on Wednesday 26 Sep, 2:00pm at the Red Brick Auditorium of Square Chapel Arts Centre.

This talk begins with a bang – a murder in the 1750s West Highlands, and tells the fascinating story of a family from its Scots roots to a Halifax marriage – and beyond.

Along the way, hear how Ann Walker’s scheming brother-in-law Captain Sutherland ensured she was shut away in an asylum near York, moving into her home Shibden Hall himself. His son sold Crow Nest mansion and returned to Scotland, to an unfortunate future.

A curious tale including extreme greed, child abuse, and bankruptcy.

Tickets are £5 and can be booked at the Square Chapel website.

The Return of Orange Box Rock School

Following the summer break, Rock School has returned to Orange Box at Blackledge, Halifax and will be running on Monday 24 September, 6:30pm-8:00pm then on 1, 8, 15, 22 October, 12, 19, 26 November
and 3 December.

These exciting workshops for aspiring songwriters and musicians aged 11 to 16 – from beginners to those with some experience.

Working with professional musicians, you can explore all aspects of music-making, from the nuts and bolts of song-writing to chord progressions, composition and recording.

Meet like-minded people, form a band, share your ideas and learn new skills!

Bring your own equipment or use theirs. Sessions take place on Monday evenings, with additional opportunities to perform to the public.

The Rock School is delivered in partnership by Square Chapel and Orange Box – to find out more please telephone Square Chapel’s Box Office on 01422 349422, or email info@squarechapel.co.uk.

Orange Box Rock School is supported by Youth Music using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

‘What Remains’ – Film Screening as Part of World Suicide Prevention Day

Screened as part of World Suicide Prevention Day on Monday 10 September, 4:30pm at Square Chapel Arts Centre there will be a FREE film screening of ‘What Remains’.

After the death of her husband by suicide Gillian Brooks tried to make sense of the events and preserve memories for her children. So she wrote it down as a story. Now her words have inspired a film made by Gillian and her family with the help of filmmaker Geoff Brokate.

What is World Suicide Prevention day?
World Suicide Prevention Day is held each year on 10 September. It’s an annual awareness raising event organised by International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The 2017 theme was about connecting with others and letting people know that #ITSOKAYTOTALK.

Why is it important?
More than 800,000 people take their lives each year across the world. In the UK and ROI, more than 6,000 people die by suicide a year – an average of 18 a day.

Reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time can be a game changer. People who are feeling low or suicidal often feel worthless and think that no-one cares. Small things like hearing from friends or family, feeling listened to or just being told that ‘it’s ok to talk’ can make a huge difference.

What you can do
Start a conversation today if you think a friend, colleague or family member may be struggling. When a person reaches a point where they are focused on taking their life, they’ve often lost sight of trying to find a way through their problems. This period usually only lasts a short while and often it doesn’t take a huge amount to bring someone back from that decision – something as simple as saying, ‘it’s ok to talk’ can be enough to move someone out of suicidal crisis.

How can people reach out?
It can be daunting to approach someone who is struggling to cope; you may not know what to say, how to start a difficult conversation or worry that you’ll make things worse. However, you don’t need to be an expert. Often, just asking if someone’s OK and letting them know you’re listening can give people the confidence to open up about how they’re feeling.

Tickets are FREE but places are limited so please book in advance on the Square Chapel Arts Centre website.

With thanks to Calderdale Council and Verd De Gris.

Songlines at Square Chapel

Stevie is 17. She’s peak cool, or so she thinks.

On Friday 7 September, 8:15pm at Square Chapel Arts Centre you can find a little more about Stevie.

In the middle of the wide-eyed stagger from girlhood to womanhood, Stevie is sent to live in the middle of nowhere with her Grandma. Suffolk – the home of doggers, folklore, sea cabbages and Stan. Stan is peak geek, not that he knows.

But there are secrets in the marshland, songs that will show Stevie the way.

Interwoven with beautiful live folk music from award-winning band TRILLS, Songlines is a coming of age love story in all its awkward teen glory.

A brand new play from Suffolk writer Tallulah Brown, directed by George Chilcott.

Get tickets now from the Square Chapel website.