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Sterne words from Harry Potter star David Bradley
9:59am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
YORK actor David Bradley gave a one-off performance last night as 18th century novelist and Coxwold vicar Laurence Sterne in Voice From The Pulpit at York Minster.
The Harry Potter and Game Of Thrones star was joined by a choir of 40 children from Riverside Community Primary School, Tadcaster Grammar School, Carlton Minniot Community Primary School and St Peter’s, Brafferton, who had received coaching from choirmaster Jonathan Brigg for this year-long project to mark Sterne’s tercentenary.
Mr Bradley played the speaking role of Sterne in the Arts Council-funded performance in the Minster’s Quire, accompanying the children in the premiere of a new composition by composer, pianist and broadcaster David Owen Norris, based on Sterne’s final sermon in 1764 entitled Hezekiah and the Messengers.
“I was attracted to delivering Sterne’s sermon partly because of the content, but also because it was a concert performance with a choir and musicians, in the Minster, which made it such a spectacle and a memorable experience,” said Mr Bradley.
He will be seen next on BBC2 on November 23, playing William Hartnell, the first Doctor Who, in An Adventure In Space And Time.
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