The amazing setting of Holy Trinity is being used in all kinds of surprising and exciting ways by people from all walks of life.
Our recent story is one of encouraging a culture of vibrancy and creativity to flourish within our 700-year-old walls and beyond.
Here are just a few examples:
Evening Concerts and Performances
Holy Trinity has been hosting ever more adventurous and exciting evening concerts ranging from medieval choral music to 20th Century rock. In 2015, we welcomed the amazing “Tubular Bells for Two” as part of the Freedom Festival. Two Australian musicians played the whole of Mike Oldfield’s acclaimed work on 80 instruments.
In 2016, we hosted a range of concerts to celebrate the centuries, from early choral works by The Sixteen, through Shakespeare to the present day with two concerts for the Amy Johnson Festival remembering the life and work of Hull’s great heroine. The first involved a commissioned work, written by Laurence Rugg, for the carillon of bells, high in the bell tower. The second featured local Hull talent, Kerrin Tatman, a young composer whose commission featured works on piano, violin cello and piano accordion. The highlight of the evening involved an aerial performance symbolising the flight and plight of the Tiger Moth.
The Live Nativity
In an effort to bring the Christmas Nativity story to life, we told the story through Hull’s Old Town using real camels, sheep and a donkey and a cast of local characters. The city centre came to a virtual standstill to allow the colourful procession to pass through and gather at a stable in ‘Bethlehem’ – in the church car park. Many hundreds of people were captivated by the spectacle as we reminded them about the real meaning of Christmas.
The Hull CAMRA Real Ale and Cider Festival
In just three years of using Holy Trinity as host venue, this extraordinary festival has become one of the major events in the city’s calendar. Thousands of people gather to enjoy a delicious real ale and cider in our glorious surroundings. It is truly a unique experience which creates an atmosphere and buzz all of its own.
The Poppy Drift
Generating huge interest across the UK (including well over 100,000 likes on our Facebook page), the annual Poppy Drift art installation in our North Choir Aisle is a poignant and stark tribute to those lost in war and conflict. The brainchild of local artist Martin Waters, his creative use of the simple poppy never fails to engage and remind us all about the horror and awful sacrifice of war.
Follow The Herring
Thousands of visitors flocked to Holy Trinity to marvel at this national exhibition which celebrated the heyday of the herring industry and remembered the harsh life of the girls who gutted the fish landed along the coast. It featured a full-scale replica of a fishing boat with a 21ft knitted mast, a knitted sea, knitted sail and a shoal of knitted herring.
Holy Trinity was used to host the grand finale of Hull Fashion Week. Models paraded up and down a huge catwalk erected in the centre of the nave. It also included a vintage market, hair and beauty advice and a clothes swap. More than 2,000 people attended the event.
and strawberry tea
History enthusiasts from across the region descended on Holy Trinity to relive the glory days of the Edwardian era. Many dressed in clothes from that period and learned about the period through talks and memorabilia. Holy Trinity’s clergy conducted a special service dressed as Edwardian rectors and then the crowds flocked to feast on a delicious strawberry tea.
Heritage Open Days
Holy Trinity is one of the key destinations to visit during Hull’s renowned Heritage Open Day weekend. The full delights of our 700-year-old building and the history surrounding it are fully brought to life for visitors, with stalls, exhibitions, tours and an opportunity to climb our famous church tower.
Trinity Music Festival
Holy Trinity plays a key role in this growing Old Town music festival which showcases dozens of talented local musicians as well as million-selling artists like Toploader and Dodgy. The centrepiece of the festival is the huge inflatable main stage, erected in our car park. Thousands of music lovers enjoy the bands from Trinity Square with the church providing a dramatic and unique backdrop.
Holy Trinity was recently awarded a 2014 Certificate of Excellence by the internationally renowned TripAdvisor website, based on a four-and-a-star rating by visitors. A recent comment on the site by Mandy says: ‘Go visit this church, it's free, it's interesting and they won't complain if your smaller people run up and down the aisles.’ Another by a visitor from Southampton comments: ‘Holy Trinity seems very much a community church, serving the local area in a variety of ways, a living institution and not just an object of architectural interest.’