Welcome to the 2018 Isle of Ely Arts Festival

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There’s plenty to get excited about as the Isle of Ely Arts Festival kicks off in June with a month of arts and cultural events throughout the East Cambridgeshire District with a host of festival highlights running through until 7 July.

You can pick up your free brochure at local shops and galleries or download a version online from the website http://www.isleofelyartsfestival.org.uk/brochure/

Join us on Saturday 6th July for piano recital by Clare Hammond in Ely Cathedral. This colourful and inspired musical journey is inspired by our festival theme of Flora & Fauna and includes works from Schubert, Mendelssohn and Rimsky Korsakov. Enjoy an evening of incredible music from this acclaimed pianist. She is also generously giving her time for a Master Class and a Children’s concert the following morning.

Other exciting musical events include a special American Independence Day concert commemorating the centenary of the ending of the World War 1 by a choir of 300 Americans in Ely Cathedral on 4th July. The talented Eboracum Baroque group are introducing some of our local children to the music of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” in school workshops and will be playing it as part of their evening concert in St. Mary’s Church, Ely on Thursday 28thJune.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company are bringing The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes to the Maltings, Ely on Thursday 14th June, picnic beforehand in Jubilee Gardens before you enjoy this stunning new tale of romance and suspense.

There’s plenty on offer outside the city as our own Isle of Ely Festival Players perform ‘Snake in the Grass’ by Alan Ayckbourn in Wicken and Little Downham. Haddenham Galleries are hosting a series of workshops creating ceramic flowers which will become a permanent feature in the village. Other arts events include a high profile Miro exhibition opening on 7th July at the Babylon Gallery, Ely Museum and Ely Maltings with pop-up art by local artists in Wicken Fen.

The Ely Youth Choir will be giving a concert in Littleport on Sunday 1st July and local musicians will be giving a Folk concert in Isleham on Friday 15th June.

Other Ely events include The Running Hare, a new ballet created by the Lantern Dance Company, the Sing! Choirs’ concert in the Bishop of Ely’s garden and the grand finale concert by Ely Choral Society in the Hayward Theatre on Saturday 7th July.

Full details of the festival are online www.isleofelyartsfestival.org.uk