Watch our Founder's Day Celebrations

22nd November 2020
Founder's Day Celebrations 2020

In case you missed them or would like to watch again, our Founder's Day celebrations are available to watch on our YouTube channel.

The saint, the servant, and the song of middle-earth: The Hymn of Caedmon
With Dr Jonathan Williams and guests
This event has now ended but you can view it here.

Under our Music Director, Dr Jonathan Williams, it has become a tradition to set the short Anglo-Saxon poem The Hymn of Caedmon as a 3rd year composition, and to choose one of the resulting choral pieces to be performed at our annual Founder’s Day Service. In this session, Dr Williams explores very different choral approaches to the text with guests current music student, Daniel Riley, and alumnus American composer, Chris Ferebee (Music PhD, 2010) as well as English tutor, Dr Gareth Evans, and student, Elena Vermeer (English, 2020). 

Founder’s Day Service with the College community and the Archdeacon of York
This event has now ended but you can view it here.

Founder's Day Service Programme 
Our annual Founder's Day Service is held close to the feast day of St Hilda (17 November). On this occasion we remember our Founder, Dorothea Beale, and give thanks for all the benefactors who have enabled the continuation of the College since 1893. In this, our 127th year, the College community, led by our new Chaplain, will gather online for a service of readings, music and song including, as has become tradition, a new student setting of The Hymn of Caedmon, this year by Daniel Riley (Music, 2018).
We are honoured to welcome our alumna, the Venerable Samantha Rushton, (Biology, 1983) Archdeacon of York, who will be preaching the sermon and drawing on her time at St Mary's Church in Whitby, situated next to the ruins of St Hilda's own Abbey. 

These events are free to register but donations to our Student Support Fund (COVID-19) are particularly welcome at this time.