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Les Miserables service at York Minster

York Minster Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A communion service set to the music of Les Miserables will be held at York Minster this evening at 7.30pm.

Led by Transcendence, a team which holds a regular Multimedia Eucharist at the Minster, the service will feature prayers and hymns set to the tunes from the famous musical.

The Revd Sue Wallace, who helped found Transcendence, said: "When the film of Les Miserables came out, the Transcendence team were planning a service at the Greenbelt Christian arts festival, and we wondered what would happen if we took Les Mis and did a Mass based upon it.

"It was one of those ideas that seemed silly at first, but we soon realised that the themes in Les Mis, of freedom, redemption and sacrifice, fit in with what we celebrate at a normal communion service.

“We held the service at Greenbelt last summer with 400 people at the service: the venue was so full that a queue of 300 more people had to be turned away. It seemed to strike a chord with the people coming so we thought it would be good to give people in York the opportunity of experiencing it too.

“I have to admit that I’d not heard Les Mis until the film came out last year, but I loved the way that the familiarity of the tunes from the musical drew everyone into the worship.

"This is why we're giving everyone the chance to have a singing practice, at 6.15pm, before the service. Anyone who loves Les Mis, or is curious about the service is very welcome to come.”

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