Elizabeth CharlesworthElizabeth Charlesworth Elizabeth studied music at Newcastle University and later gained the degree of Master of Music at Sheffield University for her performance in singing and research on the Thomas Hardy songs of Gerald Finzi. Elizabeth has studied with Jean Allister, Paul Hamburger and presently with Maggie McDonald. She enjoys singing in particular English songs, operatic excerpts and music in a lighter vein. As well as pursuing a solo career Elizabeth is a member of the award-winning Halle Choir.

Click here to read Elizabeth’s article: A Celebration of 150 years of Hymns Ancient & Modern

Simon Poë Yorkshire based Simon is a highly regarded Writer and Speaker on the subject of the pre-Raphaelite movement. Click on the link below to read Simon’s paper on John Roddam Spencer Stanhope – the artist whose mural is being uncovered in Hoylandswaine church.

Simon was appointed Associate Editor of the British Arts Journal May 2013. 

Click here for Simon’s paper: Strange, Dreamy Delight: Decorative Work in Churches by John Roddam Spencer Stanhope


Kate Taylor

Kate Taylor

Kate Taylor is the author of the newly  published Wakefield Diocese – Celebrating 125 years. She has written a number of other books on aspects of local history and is an honorary lay canon of Wakefield Cathedral. She is a former vice-principal of Barnsley Sixth Form College, Associate Lecturer of the Open University, Chair of the Friends of Wakefield Chantry Chapel and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.



Margaret McDonald

Margaret McDonald

Margaret McDonald Margaret is a mezzo-soprano, renowned international singer and voice-coach. She sings regularly in major venues and cathedrals in the U.K. and abroad.




Qdos CreatesQDOS Creates Qdos Creates has been delivering performances, workshops and accredited courses regionally and nationally for young people and adults since 1995.

They strive to create innovative work that is challenging, informative, inspirational and unlocks creative potential, empowering people to make informed decisions about their lives.  Their work has explored identity and aspirations, tackling issues such as peer pressure, bullying, sexual health, drug and alcohol misuse, homophobia, anti-social behaviour, racism, domestic abuse, arson and hoax calls, all delivered with our trademark high energy and honesty – have a look at some of our productions in the performance section. Their audience is varied and always expanding – we deliver projects for public, private and voluntary organisations, and work in arts centres, specialist young peoples’ centres, theatres, prisons, libraries, community centres and at conferences

Simon Brock Simon is an artist, leatherworker,  bell ringer and Morris dancer. A great lover of the Pre-Raphaelites, he’s been  involved with the Roddam Project almost from the beginning, including proposing  a design for a new Arts & Crafts-inspired community stained glass window for  Hoylandswaine church.

Tim Ralphs Feb 13

Tim Ralphs

Tim Ralphs Tim is a storyteller and active exponent of narrative in art. His storytelling is rooted in the oral tradition: the craft of a speaker weaving language and gesture to entrance an audience and bring a tale to life. Winner of Young Storyteller of the Year 2007, Tim has regaled us with his enchanting urban fairy tales.

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