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Saturday, 9 February 2013

Minster helps university mark golden year of celebration

Around 1200 people are expected at York Minster on Tuesday evening to celebrate the University of York’s relationship with the city at the official launch of its 50th anniversary year.

The gathering at the Minster, where the university’s inauguration was held in October 1963, will launch a year-long calendar of events.

The audience, which will include residents, former students and staff, will see chancellor Greg Dyke confer honorary doctorates on David Hockney and four other people who have made outstanding contributions to the city and region in the past half-century.

They will also hear the premiere performance by the university orchestra and choir, of music marking the anniversary, composed by Dr Richard Shephard, chamberlain of the York Minster Fund and an honorary graduate of the University.

David Hockney will join Janet Barnes, chief executive officer of York Museums Trust; Robert Brech, chairman of York Science Park; John David, master Mmson of York Minster and Dianne Swiers, former deputy chief nurse Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust in receiving 50th Anniversary honorary degrees.

Vice-chancellor, Professor Brian Cantor, said: “We are starting our 50th anniversary celebrations by acknowledging our relationship with the people of York, many of whom will be attending this exciting public event in the Minster.

“The university’s success is attributable to the vision of our founding staff, the spirit of the pioneering students who chose to come to York in the early 1960s, and to the efforts of all those who have worked here and friends who have supported us over  the last half century.”

The Dean of York, the Very Revd Vivienne Faull, added: “York Minster, which was closely involved in the creation of the University of York, congratulates the University on its success over 50 years and looks forward to supporting its continued development”.

The celebration event will include performances of Bruckner, Parry and Vaughan Williams by the staff, students and alumni of the university’s music department.

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