Langleys supports spectacular Northern Lights weekend to raise £1.4 million for York Minster

Jun 20th, 2018

Rachel Janes, Events Manager

Langleys Solicitors was the headline sponsor of the spectacular Northern Lights weekend which raised £1.4 million to protect York Minster’s world-famous collection of stained glass.

Partners and clients were among the 700 guests who enjoyed a gala fundraising dinner in the Minster’s Nave on Friday (15 June).

The high-profile event provided the perfect backdrop for Langleys Solicitors to launch a new film showcasing its expertise and new branding and proposition: Gaining Advantage Together.

Image courtesy of Duncan Lomax, Ravage Productions

The dinner was followed by the world premiere performance of Northern Lights, a sound and light projection by artists Ross Ashton and Karen Monid which took its inspiration from the cathedral’s stained glass and architecture.

It told the story of time, from first creation to final revelation, mirroring ideas and images from the recently restored Great East Window.

The entertainment at the gala dinner – the first on this scale since 2012 – also included illuminated stilt walkers and a performance by Heliosphere of The Dream Engine. An acrobat suspended beneath a giant helium balloon interacted with guests as she floated through the cathedral’s Nave.

The weekend continued when the Northern Lights installation was also shown at two sell-out evening opening events on Saturday and Sunday, which attracted 3,000 people.

Langleys Solicitors has entered into an exciting partnership with the York Minster Fund to help drive its mission to preserve the Minster’s magnificent stained glass windows for the benefit of all to enjoy.

David Thompson, managing partner at Langleys Solicitors, said: “Like the Minster, Langleys is a landmark organisation in York and this partnership is a great opportunity to showcase the characteristics we share – history, heritage, long term planning and attention to detail.”

The partnership has seen Langleys already stage behind the scenes events at the Minster, providing clients with unique opportunities to enjoy the splendour of the cathedral.

The Northern Lights weekend was organised to support an innovative campaign to build sufficient funds to extend state-of-the-art external glazing to all of the Minster’s historically important windows, 60% of which currently have no protection from the elements.

The work will take 20 years to complete in partnership with the York Glaziers Trust and cost £11m in total.

Neil Sanderson, Director of the York Minster Fund, said: “We’re hugely grateful to our sponsors and everyone who came to support the spectacular Northern Lights weekend and are delighted, with the support of the Heritage Lottery, to have raised such a fantastic amount to kick start our fundraising campaign.

“York Minster’s windows hold one of the most important collections of medieval stained glass in the country, with the earliest pieces dating back to the late 12th century. Our work with York Glaziers Trust over the next 20 years will ensure these irreplaceable masterpieces are protected for generations to come.

“Our three-year fundraising campaign is to establish an endowment fund for the 20-year programme and involves a match-funding grant of up to £1m from the Heritage Lottery. This means that for every £1 raised over the weekend, at least £4 will be added to the conservation project pot, and we are hugely grateful to the lottery for this support.”

The money raised will then be invested and the returns from the fund used to help pay for the ongoing conservation work over the next two decades.

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Rachel Janes

Events Manager

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