The Isle of Ely Arts Festival comes alive to the sound of music!

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The Isle of Ely Arts Festival comes alive to the sound of music this week as Eboracum Baroque bring Handel’s Water Music to St Mary’s Church, Ely on Thursday 22 June.

This unique concert experience will include some of Handel’s most famous arias from his operas and oratorios. The ensemble who perform on period instruments will be joined by musicians from Ely College during the evening.

Babylon ARTS based on Ely’s waterside has a weekend of treats in store with an intimate concert from Boo Hewerdine on Friday 23 June with Pete Cardinal Cox performing ‘High Stakes’ on Saturday 24 June. Pete is currently Poet in Residence at the Dracula society so expect an evening of ‘spooken’ word. It’s also a chance to enjoy the Babylon’s new exhibition of David Hockney prints which continues to 23 July.

There’s another chance to catch the Festival Players in ‘Behind the Scenes – A Fenland Farce’ at Little Downham Village Hall on Friday 23 June and Witcham Village Hall on Saturday 24 June. Tickets are available in advance and on the door from 7pm.

The stage is set on Sunday 25 June for a tale as old as the Fens as integrated dance company Lantern Dance perform ‘Tiddy Mun’ at the Paradise Centre in Ely, 3pm. When the Fens were drained, work dried up and children sickened, the Fen Folk called their old friend Tiddy Mun from his deep, dark waterhole to help them. This new production features music from 25 year old recorder virtuoso Philip Mizen.

The deadline for entries to the 2018 Festival Calendar Competition closes on Saturday 1 July. You can submit your photos online, entry is free, full details

Tickets are selling fast for Chapterhouse Theatre’s production of Wind in the Willows on the East Lawn of Ely Cathedral. You can buy tickets online from the festival website, and in person from Burrows Bookshop and the Babylon Gallery.