Ely Cathedral appoints new Director of Music

The Chapter of Ely Cathedral is delighted to announce the appointment of Edmund Aldhouse as Director of Music. Edmund will succeed Paul Trepte who retires next Easter and whose distinguished career in this post spans 29 years.

Speaking about his appointment Edmund said: “I am thrilled and humbled to have been appointed as Director of Music at Ely Cathedral. There is no more inspiring and beautiful place in which to make music, and I am truly blessed with wonderful professional colleagues and incredibly dedicated choristers. We have an exciting story to tell about the breadth and quality of music-making in this place, and I am looking forward to spreading that message far and wide in the years to come.” 

Edmund’s earliest musical training was as a chorister in Manchester Cathedral Choir, and as a pupil of Chetham’s School of Music. These formative experiences fostered a love of organ and choral music which subsequently led to studies at Oxford University and at the Rueil-Malmaison Conservatoire in France.   Edmund previous posts have been at Chichester, Rochester and Ripon Cathedrals before his appointment to Ely as Assistant Organist in 2013. He has given organ recitals and conducted choirs in many parts of Europe and the USA, and worked in Ely with artists as diverse as Gareth Malone and Jethro Tull in addition to participating in several recordings and live broadcasts.

Commenting on the appointment, the Dean of Ely, The Very Revd Mark Bonney said: “We are delighted with the appointment of Edmund Aldhouse as the next Director of Music.  We had over 30 applications for the post and, following a rigorous interview process of several very high calibre candidates, Edmund was the unanimous choice of the external appointment panel that included two distinguished advisers from the Cathedral and choral world. We very much look forward to moving ahead under Edmund’s direction, and are confident that Ely’s celebrated music tradition is in the best possible hands.”

For more information about Music and the Choir of Ely Cathedral visit  www.elycathedral.org/music

For information about Christmas worship & concerts visit  www.elycathedral.org/christmas

Press release from Ely Cathedral 

 

The Prince Of Wales and The Duchess Of Cornwall to Visit Ely Markets

HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are to pay a visit to a special Ely Markets showcase, as part of a day of engagements in East Anglia.

Their Royal Highnesses will visit the Market onTuesday 27th November and His Royal Highness will also visit, The Thomas Parsons’ Charity Almshouses and Ely Cathedral, home to the Stained Glass Museum.

They will meet farmer’s market growers and producers and hear more about Ely Market’s commitment to reducing single use plastic. They will also meet with ECDC’s Community Hub to hear about their work in combatting homelessness.

Press release from Ely Markets

G4 – Christmas by Candlelight

Experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting…

Due to overwhelming public demand, original X-Factor stars and operatic multi-platinum selling vocal quartet G4 are back, with their atmospheric “G4 Christmas” tour across the UK in November and December 2018.

With a series of 24 shows in beautiful cathedrals nationwide, these intimate performances see Jonathan, Ben, Mike and Nick recall the musical experiences of their childhoods.

Expect to hear timeless classics such as When A Child is Born, Silent Night and All I Want For Christmas, as well as delightful medleys to evoke the Christmas spirit, all delivered up-close and personal in some of the UK’s most iconic historical venues.

VIP tickets are available, including a pre-show Meet & Greet with G4 at 6pm for all “G4 Christmas” tour dates.

Tickets: £77.50 (Meet & Greet), £37.50, £32.50, £27.50, £22.50 available from our website or Box Office: 01353 660349

Ely Cathedral Supporting Purple Lights for Pancreatic Cancer Campaign

Ely cathedral will once again be lit purple next week as part of the national Purple Lights for Pancreatic Cancer Campaign.

This will be the third year that the cathedral have kindly agreed to be a part of the awareness campaign. We aim to raise awareness to Pancreatic Cancer to help with early detection of the disease, which can help to save lives. Early detection is key to survival, with 10,000 people diagnosed in the U.K per year, only 7% of those will survive over five years.

The Ely purple light up has once again been sponsored by Martin Diver, who runs a small local Gas, Heating and Plumbing company. Martin has supported this campaign from the beginning, a great sport, joining me on a purple wig wearing trip up to the Octagon tower last year to see Nigel from Blueshed studios fit the filters. Nigel also has been a great supporter, helping us by keeping costs as low as possible and braving the weather of November to get the filters securely fitted. You can see the cathedral on the purple light up web page https://purplelightsuk.org/#homemap

You can get involved by raising awareness in your workplace, offer to be a donation station, or just by wearing purple on World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day, 15th November.

You can get in touch with us and share your personal stories, tell us about your awareness raising at work or offer to be a donation station. Current donation stations include Fencabs of Ely, A10 taxis in Ely and The Swan on the River and The Plough and Harrow in Littleport.

Send us your photos and we will share them on our Facebook page. You can also donate any money you raise on our page via our fundraising link https://www.facebook.com/PancreaticCancerAwarenessPurpleLights/

Looking forward to seeing our wonderful cathedral purple again next week, thank to all who have helped, or are planning to help raise awareness of this dreadful disease. Niki 💜

Press release from Pancreatic Cancer Awareness 

Ely Cathedral’s Christmas Gift & Food Fair adds an additional day due to demand.

New for 2018: Extra day added, exciting new traders and demonstrations

Now in its seventh year this popular event is widely acknowledged as one of East Anglia’s exceptional Christmas experiences. Over 120 bespoke stalls fill the Cathedral’s magnificent Nave, its famous Lady Chapel and a heated marquee in the grounds. In addition to shopping, visitors to the Fair can enjoy creative demonstrations, musical entertainment, festive foods, a vintage carousel and reindeer.

Discover perfect presents for family and friends from over a hundred handpicked stalls selling gorgeous gifts and seasonal goodies. Some new traders for this year include Feathers & Paws providing a vast array or fun and essential gifts for all your pets; Made in Province with delightful French pottery, homeware and food gifts from la belle France; Bunting Mad for hand-made bunting for every occasion and BewilderBeast showcasing local artist Ian Hamilton’s humour and talent in prints and cards.

For the first time this year there will be a special demonstration focusing on Christmas wrapping with a difference. Helena from Enwrapture will be showing creative ways to wrap Christmas gifts using fabric and ribbon and how these materials can be upcycled for other uses. Floral experts will lead demonstrations on how to create contemporary decorations for you home from simple decorative branches to completely over the top table displays.  The Arty Crafty Place will be showing visitors how to create their own wrapping paper tags and gift using traditional wooden block printing tools.  

The Christmas Fair is as much about family fun as shopping. One of the highlights is a steam carousel, dating back to 1886, has been painstakingly restored and is complimented with a Limonaire 54 key organ. Located on the green with the Cathedral as its backdrop this has become a major attraction and can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages.  No Christmas event would be complete without Elves and Reindeer so Prancer and Dasher will be making a very welcome return on the Saturday.

“Every year we aim to make the Christmas Gift & Food Fair a more exciting and attractive day out. We have limited the number of tickets and added an additional day to meet the demand and create a less crowded, more pleasurable experience for visitors. If last year is anything to go buy we strongly recommend you buy your tickets in advance.”

The event runs from 15th – 17th November

To book tickets visit www.elycathedral.org or contact the Cathedral Box Office on 01353 660349

Press release from Ely Cathedral 

Battle’s Over – Ely Cathedral to lead a day of commemoration

Ely Cathedral is playing its part in an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I. Battle’s Over takes place on November 11th 2018, with events throughout the United Kingdom and several other locations overseas, including New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Bermuda, France, Belgium, Canada, the United States and Germany.

At 6am on 11 November, Piper Gary Kernaghan from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, will play Battle’s O’er, a traditional Scottish air played after a battle, outside the West Door of Ely. At the very same time over 1,000 other lone pipers will be playing the tune in individual locations, across the world, including many Cathedrals and churches. Following this short ceremonial, a specially written tribute will be read out and the Dean of Ely, The Very Revd Mark Bonney, will say prayers.

The day will continue with a number of ceremonies to mark Armistice. A special Remembrance Service will take place at 10.30am at the Cathedral which will include a poppy drop from the Octagon Tower in memory of all of those who have lost their lives.

At 4.00pm there will be a Solemn Requiem Mass marking the centenary of the Armistice, led by the Cathedral choirs who join forces with The Ely Sinfonia to present the Requiem Mass, Op. 9 by Maurice Duruflé.

Finally at 6.55pm buglers will sound the Last Post at more than 1,000 locations, where beacons will be lit in a tribute called Beacons of Light, signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war. This will be followed by over 1,000 church and cathedrals ringing their bells as part of Ringing Out for Peace organised in association with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, while more than 140 town criers will perform a specially written Cry for Peace Around the World, the first of them in New Zealand and then across the globe through the various time zones.

These unified ceremonies have been organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR. He has organised major royal celebrations and international events and has been working on Battle’s Over for more than four years. “It’s wonderful to see the event being embraced by so many organisations and communities in this country and around the world. The centenary of the end of the Great War is an opportunity to acknowledge the enormous sacrifice made the millions of men and women who died or were wounded, as well as those who worked tirelessly at home in our fields and factories. It has been a privilege to work on this project with the support of so many amazing organisations said Peek.”

Press release from Ely Cathedral 

 

 

East Cambs Careers and Skills Fair

Now in its fifth year, the fair has continued to grow and draw attention from local schools and businesses alike. Last year’s event saw 800 students from schools and colleges throughout the district visit and for the first time this year, primary school children will be attending the fair.

The 2018 event will see East Cambridgeshire District Council launch a brand-new Apprenticeship Hub at the event which is a website designed to connect local employers, apprentices and training providers.

Emma Grima, Commercial Director at East Cambridgeshire District Council said: “Events like this are really useful for young people who are keen to explore the many different avenues people take after school. The event will enable students to learn more about the working world as well as allow them to demonstrate their networking skills in a professional capacity.”

Nikki Pritchett, who is a Work-related Learning Coordinator from Ely College, said: “It has been great to see how useful the students have found this day and the feedback we’ve had from them has been really positive. Fairs like this really help to open their eyes to the opportunities available to them and help students to consider paths they might not have considered before.”

The fair is sponsored by The Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach, Thorlabs, West Suffolk College, Enterprise East Cambridgeshire, The Employability Partnership, Shearline Precision Engineering Ltd and Tesco, who will also be exhibiting.

Speaking about last year’s event, Rebecca Sussex, Business and Education Development Manager from the Skills Service said “We are extremely pleased that the skills fair continues to be so well supported. The students really enjoyed the day and we hope that it’s helped to guide them towards a fulfilling future careers.”

If your business would like to sponsor an aspect of the Careers & Skills Fair contact Rebecca Findley, Marketing Officer at Enterprise East Cambridgeshire on rebecca.findlay@eastcambs.gov.uk

Animal Service

Ely Cathedral is known affectionately as ‘the Ship of the Fens’, but on Sunday 30 September it will once again be transformed into a modern day Noah’s Ark, as hundreds of animals will be welcomed to the annual ‘Animal Service’.

For the past 29 years, Ely Cathedral has hosted an annual Animal Celebration Service in aid of local and national animal charities.

Cats, dogs, ferrets, guinea pigs and Alpaca’s come along, not forgetting Daisy the Donkey, and her friends from the Donkey Sanctuary who is a regular participant in cathedral worship at Easter and Christmas.

Holst’s The Planets Suite: 100 Years To The Day

Ely Cathedral to host centenary celebration of one of the UK’s best-loved musical works exactly 100 years to the day after the first performance.

One hundred years to the day after its first performance, Gustav Holst’s magnificent Planets Suite will ring out in Ely Cathedral, on Saturday 29th September 2018, when Ely Sinfonia takes to the stage under the baton of its conductor Steve Bingham.  Right from the moment of its world première, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult in the Queen’s Hall, London, The Planets has been Holst’s most popular, influential, widely performed and frequently recorded of all his works, with Jupiter and Mars among some of the most recognised of all English music.

Also on the programme is Holst’s first major orchestral work, his Cotswolds Symphony, described by Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall as “a superb joyful piece with hints of greatness to come.”

The concert starts, fittingly, with the world première of a piece by a modern, local composer. Phil Toms’ Great War Overture will paint a picture of life in the trenches that will echo down the past hundred years:  fitting tribute in the wonderful surroundings of Ely Cathedral.

“We are very privileged to be playing one of the most loved of all British works on the precise day of its centenary,” says the orchestra’s conductor and artistic director, Steve Bingham.  “From the moment of its first performance in the Queen’s Hall, London, on 29th September 1918, the British people took Holst’s The Planets to their hearts.  Its melodies feature in music ranging from the scores of films such as Wallace and Grommit and The Lord of the Rings to the hymn “I Vow to Thee My Country”, played at both the wedding and the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the funeral of Baroness Thatcher, as well as many festivals of remembrance.”

“We are also thrilled, 100 years after the end of World War I, to be performing the world première of the Great War Overture by my great friend, local East Anglian composer Phil Toms.  This is going to be a historical and memorable evening.”

Tickets are available from Ely Cathedral Box Office and cost £25, £20 or £15 (reserved) or £8.00 (unreserved); concessions are £15 in the £20 seats.  They can be obtained by calling 01353 660349 or emailing box.office@elycathedral.org, or by booking online from www.elycathedral.org/events.

To find out more about Ely Sinfonia, visit www.elysinfonia.co.uk.  To ask about joining, call 01353 721007 or email publicity@elysinfonia.co.uk.

 

Lest We Forget – Memorials Placed Around Ely

Early this morning Andy Wilson and Marc Beveridge installed the City of Ely’s “There But Not There” Memorial to our fallen comrades from the Great War. This is a joint project between the City of Ely Royal British Legion Branch and local members of The Royal British Legions National Cyclists Branch.

The memorial is situated in two locations. The first is located at Ely War Memorial and the second at St George’s Chapel in Ely Cathedral. St George’s Chapel is dedicated to The Cambridgeshire Regiment who lost 876 men during The Great War.

Both installations will be in place until the 12th November 2018. The project has been funded by Pier Construction, Winchmore Construction and Brethren from The Porta Lodge 9511.

One of the figures has been photographed in areas of Ely that would have been familiar to the men.

New Heads of School, Deputy Heads, Prefects and Heads of Houses appointed

Felix Hawes and Maria Campbell have been formally installed as King’s Ely’s new Heads of School.

Over a thousand people gathered inside Ely Cathedral on September 3rd for the school’s Beginning of Year Service, which includes the robing of incoming Heads of School in their prefects’ gowns. The new Heads of School then robe the Deputy Heads of School, after which all then assist in robing the other Prefects.

Speaking about her headship, Maria, 17, who has been at King’s Ely since joining King’s Ely Junior in Year 5, said: “I feel very lucky to have been selected to be Head of School out of such a strong group of candidates. Although I am a bit nervous about some of the speeches, I am very much looking forward to being at the head of such a strong community.”

Felix, 17, has been at King’s Ely since joining Reception at King’s Ely Acremont. He said: “I feel incredibly honoured to have been made Head of School. King’s Ely is so much of a community that to call it a large family is fitting, and to be a leading figure in this family is a huge privilege for me. The school has served me well, and now I am serving it too.”

This year’s Deputy Heads of School are Tristan Harding, Alex Layfield, Ashley Lian and Jenna Richards.

School Prefect status has been awarded to John-Paul Gilbey, Ben Clubb, Boris Choi, Sam Freeze, Tom Stiff, Phoebe Plumb, Arshdeep Hayer, Benita Bausbacher, Rebecca Keene, Honor Whitehead, Stephanie Segall and Rebecca Daniel.

The Beginning of Year Service also sees Heads of Houses for both King’s Ely Junior and King’s Ely Senior being welcomed into their posts.

In King’s Ely Junior, Queen Emma is being headed up by Lauren Booth and Thomas Alderton; Queen Philippa is being led by Kendle Putter and Rufus Hillier; Saunders is being headed up by Francesca Stevens and James MacGillivray; Goodwin is being led by Sydney Smith and Thomas Jackson; Priory is being headed up by Ellie Grimsey and Midu Gurung; and Choir is being led by James Barbrook.

In King’s Ely Senior, Huiru (Ashley) Lian is Head of House for Hill; Robert Dunlop-Brown for Hereward; Felix Hawes and Michael Poole for Osmond; Samuel Freeze and Ethan Morley for Wilkinson; John-Paul Gilbey for School; Rebecca Daniel and Phoebe Plumb for Torfrida; Eleanor Scott for Etheldreda; and Lucy Darby and Anna Pearce for Withburga.

To find out more about opportunities at King’s Ely, please visit www.kingsely.org.

Press release from King’s Ely 

 

Cancelled: The Central Band of The Royal British Legion, Anniversary Concert

We regret that due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been cancelled.

The Chapter apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

A unique opportunity to see The Central Band of the Royal British Legion in concert to commemorate the anniversary of the end of the WW1 and the founding of the RAF.

Music by Vaughan Williams, Holst, Elgar, Nigel Hess, Coates and more.

Tickets £10, £15, £20, £29.50 available soon.

Flower Festival – Kaleidoscope of Life

Ely Cathedral’s eagerly awaited Flower Festival returns in 2018 and promises to be one of the most spectacular events in East Anglia. Attractions include eye-catching displays, musical recitals, floral demonstrations and a gift and craft marquee.

*Wednesday 20 June, 6.30pm (Preview evening)
The Festival will be opened by Garden Designer and TV personality Diarmuid Gavin. Includes Champage in the Bishop’s Garden.

*Thursday 21 June, 10am-5pm

*Friday 22 June, 10am-5pm
(7pm-9pm Concert by Military Wives & Private View)

*Saturday 23 June, 10am-5pm
(6.30pm-8.30pm late opening for disabled visitors only)

*Sunday 24 June, Noon-4pm

The Festival’s Creative Director is Chelsea gold medal winner, Roger Woolnough. Roger was part of the design team for Westminster Abbey’s Festival of Flowers and was the mastermind behind Ely Cathedral’s highly acclaimed 2013 Flower Festival, ‘In the beginning’

For full ticketing info see our website http://www.elycathedral.org

Tickets available from tickets.elycathedral.org or from Box Office on 01353 660349 (Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm) or email: box.office@elycathedral.org

Flower Festival – Kaleidoscope of Life

Ely Cathedral’s eagerly awaited Flower Festival returns in 2018 and promises to be one of the most spectacular events in East Anglia. Attractions include eye-catching displays, musical recitals, floral demonstrations and a gift and craft marquee.

*Wednesday 20 June, 6.30pm (Preview evening)
The Festival will be opened by Garden Designer and TV personality Diarmuid Gavin. Includes Champage in the Bishop’s Garden.

*Thursday 21 June, 10am-5pm

*Friday 22 June, 10am-5pm
(7pm-9pm Concert by Military Wives & Private View)

*Saturday 23 June, 10am-5pm
(6.30pm-8.30pm late opening for disabled visitors only)

*Sunday 24 June, Noon-4pm

The Festival’s Creative Director is Chelsea gold medal winner, Roger Woolnough. Roger was part of the design team for Westminster Abbey’s Festival of Flowers and was the mastermind behind Ely Cathedral’s highly acclaimed 2013 Flower Festival, ‘In the beginning’

For full ticketing info see our website http://www.elycathedral.org

Tickets available from tickets.elycathedral.org or from Box Office on 01353 660349 (Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm) or email: box.office@elycathedral.org

Flower Festival – Kaleidoscope of Life

Ely Cathedral’s eagerly awaited Flower Festival returns in 2018 and promises to be one of the most spectacular events in East Anglia. Attractions include eye-catching displays, musical recitals, floral demonstrations and a gift and craft marquee.

*Wednesday 20 June, 6.30pm (Preview evening)
The Festival will be opened by Garden Designer and TV personality Diarmuid Gavin. Includes Champage in the Bishop’s Garden.

*Thursday 21 June, 10am-5pm

*Friday 22 June, 10am-5pm
(7pm-9pm Concert by Military Wives & Private View)

*Saturday 23 June, 10am-5pm
(6.30pm-8.30pm late opening for disabled visitors only)

*Sunday 24 June, Noon-4pm

The Festival’s Creative Director is Chelsea gold medal winner, Roger Woolnough. Roger was part of the design team for Westminster Abbey’s Festival of Flowers and was the mastermind behind Ely Cathedral’s highly acclaimed 2013 Flower Festival, ‘In the beginning’

For full ticketing info see our website http://www.elycathedral.org

Tickets available from tickets.elycathedral.org or from Box Office on 01353 660349 (Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm) or email: box.office@elycathedral.org

Flower Festival – Kaleidoscope of Life

Ely Cathedral’s eagerly awaited Flower Festival returns in 2018 and promises to be one of the most spectacular events in East Anglia. Attractions include eye-catching displays, musical recitals, floral demonstrations and a gift and craft marquee.

*Wednesday 20 June, 6.30pm (Preview evening)
The Festival will be opened by Garden Designer and TV personality Diarmuid Gavin. Includes Champage in the Bishop’s Garden.

*Thursday 21 June, 10am-5pm

*Friday 22 June, 10am-5pm
(7pm-9pm Concert by Military Wives & Private View)

*Saturday 23 June, 10am-5pm
(6.30pm-8.30pm late opening for disabled visitors only)

*Sunday 24 June, Noon-4pm

The Festival’s Creative Director is Chelsea gold medal winner, Roger Woolnough. Roger was part of the design team for Westminster Abbey’s Festival of Flowers and was the mastermind behind Ely Cathedral’s highly acclaimed 2013 Flower Festival, ‘In the beginning’

For full ticketing info see our website http://www.elycathedral.org

Tickets available from tickets.elycathedral.org or from Box Office on 01353 660349 (Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm) or email: box.office@elycathedral.org

Everything's Coming up Roses at Ely Cathedral

The 2018 Flower Festival is the perfect opportunity to introduce the new Ely Cathedral rose. 
The rose has been produced by award winning East Anglian rose growers, Peter Beales, recognised worldwide for the preservation of old fashioned, historic and rare roses. As a specialist propagator of new blooms, they have won many prestigious awards including 24 Gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which is where the Ely Cathedral rose was officially unveiled by television personality and celebrity garden designer, Diarmuid Gavin.
This subtly scented, repeat flowering shrub plant produces a wonderful multi-headed display of deep red buds open to reveal double, ruffled blooms which was much admired by HRH Prince Charles at the Sandringham Flower Show last year, when he was inspecting a few of the new unnamed new species.
A limited number of roses will be on sale at the Flower Festival but we strongly advise ordering in advance.
Potted Rose: £25 – https://www.elycathedral.org/flower-festival/flower-festival-merchandise 
Subject to availability.

Watching Harry and Meghan ride by was the "icing on the wedding cake" for Ely mum

Ely mum of two Angii Smith has been a massive fan of Prince Harry for many years.

So when he announced his engagement to Meghan Markle, she decided that being a part of the wedding welcome crowd was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Angii told Spotted in Ey: “As soon as the date was announced, I decided I wanted to go. I knew from the start it wasn’t going to be like all the other royal weddings because of who Harry and Meghan are.”

She and her sons, Caiden, nine, and Finley, seven, set off for Windsor just after 3am on Saturday, stopping to drop some wedding themed rocks near Ely Cathedral before their departure.
“Every Royal wedding needs some commemorative items and as we are a family of rockers, it seemed only fitting to do some wedding themed rocks!
“We took a few to hide in Windsor and have hidden some in Ely. We expect them to be kept but it would be great to see them travel. One of them has already been found and posted from Windsor!”

After hiding rocks of art, the three got to Windsor by 5.30am and immediately found a car park, to Angii’s surprise.
“We arrived at The Long Walk and although it was already busy, we found a great spot in front of a big screen (and toilets behind!). There was only one row of people in front of us at the barrier, who had slept there all evening. One lady was a grand age of 78 – she was much braver than I will ever be!”
The three made themselves at home on their Union Jack rug, enjoying strawberries and cream for breakfast.

“Before it got too busy we decided to head into central Windsor for a look around and to hide some of our wedding themed rocks. The streets were packed but the atmosphere was electric.
“There were an incredible amount of event staff and police on the streets, so we felt very safe. My son was a little afraid of the armed police, but they took the time to have a chat with him and put him at ease.”

Describing the day as “amazing from start to finish”, Angii said there was camaraderie among the well-wishers, with spectators exchanging items and chatting to those nearby.
“It was quite emotional watching the wedding on the big screen and to hear the crowds singing along to Stand By Me by the gospel choir during the service.
“Being so close to the carriage with the newlyweds passing by was the icing on the wedding cake!”
The day had a carnival atmosphere, with lots of quirky moments, she said.

“There were people in head to toe union flag attire, men in wedding dresses, people dressed as if they were going to the actual wedding, it was fabulous!”
Hearing that Ricky Wilson from the Kaiser Chiefs was at the Radio 2 stand in Alexander Gardens, the three decided to wander over.
“We are big fans and the boys hadn’t met him before so we went over and had a chat with him and had some pictures.”

A firm Royalist, Angii says she doesn’t have a favourite but the Queen has done “an amazing job and done our country proud”.
The Crown – partly filmed at Ely Cathedral – had given people a fascinating insight into modern royal life behind the scenes, Angii said.
“Harry is so down to earth, he’s a credit to his mother and very much like her. He’s very much a royal of the common people!”
Harry and Meghan’s wedding day will hold special memories for Angii and her sons for years to come.
“It will probably be the only royal wedding in my lifetime that I will go to with my children. It was amazing to think we were there being a little part of history in the making.”

Libera in Concert

The magical sounds of Libera enchant audiences across the world – from Moscow to Manila, from Westminster to Washington, from Tokyo to Toronto, from Shanghai to Singapore. The boys’ distinctive white robes recall Libera’s traditional origins, yet their music – which is at once both ancient and modern – reaches across the generations to a wide audience.

Their success in album charts around the world bears witness to the extraordinary appeal of this unique ‘boy band’. In the UK Libera are often to be heard on Classic FM and have appeared on programmes like ‘Songs of Praise, ‘Last Choir Standing’, and the ‘Chris Evans Show’.

The boys – who in their staged performances are aged between 7 and 16 – first appeared at Ely in 2017.

Tickets £35 (conc. £25), £25 (conc. £20) available from tickets.elycathedral.org or from Box Office on 01353 660349 (Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm).

Woodbridge School Choral Society – A Child of our Time

Woodbridge School Choral Society present
Michael Tippett’s A Child of our Time

A Child of Our Time by Sir Michael Tippett is one of the great masterpieces of twentieth century choral music and a work that continues to be relevant and thought-provoking, as well as searingly beautiful, in our own time.

Tippett began the oratorio in 1939 without any commission but moved by the dawning horror of the Nazi regime in Europe and the events of Kristlanacht particularly. The text considers the light and darkness inside all people and asks some big philosophical questions about our own capacity for good. The music blends African-American spiritual with rich baroque textures and jazz inflections to create a tapestry of some of the most haunting music of the last one hundred years.

Woodbridge School is well known for the exceptional quality and range of its music making. A Child of Our Time is one of the most significant works undertaken and represents the culmination of many months of rehearsal and work. The Choral Society consists of all students who have vocal lessons at the school as well as staff, friends and singers from the wider community. With professional soloists and full orchestra this is a rare opportunity to hear this amazing, challenging and thought-provoking piece in such a beautiful setting.

The concert will also feature the School’s Chamber Choir singing a range of vocal works and the Chamber Orchestra in Vaughan William’s ever-popular Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

Vaughan Williams:
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and other vocal works.

Chris Milton (conductor)
Claire Weston (choral director)

Clare Tunney (soprano)
Hannah Bennett (alto)
Aaron Godfrey-Mayes (tenor)
Meilir Jones (bass)
Beth Spendlove (leader)

Tickets: £20, £15 & £10 available from tickets.elycathedral.org or from Box Office: 01353 660349

Organ Recital – Aaron Shilson – Sonatas & Symphonies 3

Aaron Shilson, Assistant Organist to Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir, presents the fourth in the Cathedral’s 2018 evening series of organ recitals, with a programme comprising Mendelssohn’s Second Sonata and Vierne’s Third Symphony

Admission Free.

Come & Sing Evensong

A chance to sing choral evensong under the magnificent Octagon of Ely Cathedral.

Following a very popular inaugural event in 2016, Ely Cathedral once more offers the chance to experience the magic of singing Evensong under the famous Octagon tower.

Join the Ely Cathedral Octagon Singers for an afternoon of rehearsal, culminating in the service at 5.30pm. The canticles will be sung to the setting in D by Herbert Brewer, and the anthem will be Stanford’s Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem.

All singers aged 18 or over are welcome, and there is no charge to take part. To ensure adequate seating and music copies, singers must register in advance by 6pm on Thursday 12th April.
To register, download, complete and return the following form:
http://www.elycathedral.org/files/pdf/choir/registration%20form%202018.pdf
http://www.elycathedral.org/files/pdf/choir/registration%20form%202018.doc

Free School Holiday Drop-in Session

Today’s theme is: Peace

Our Free drop-in sessions for children of all ages are held in the Lady Chapel.

Activities include: Story Telling, Brass Rubbing, Arts and Crafts and Puzzles and Games.

Free School Holiday Drop-in Session

Today’s theme is: Peace

Our Free drop-in sessions for children of all ages are held in the Lady Chapel.

Activities include: Story Telling, Brass Rubbing, Arts and Crafts and Puzzles and Games.

Come & Sing Evensong

A chance for everyone to sing Choral Evensong under the magnificent Octagon of Ely Cathedral.
On Saturday 14 April Ely Cathedral has a rare and exciting opportunity for everyone to sing Evensong under the world famous Octagon Tower.  The last time the event was held in 2016 it proved extremely popular and a similar response is expected again this year.
The afternoon will start with a fun and relaxed rehearsal with the Ely Cathedral Octagon singers, with tuneful and accessible music for the Easter season, before the service itself at 5.30pm.  All music will be provided and notes learned on the day, so no preparation is required!
Edmund Aldhouse, Assistant Organist at Ely Cathedral who is organising the event said “We promise those who come and sing a warm welcome and an inspiring afternoon in our beautiful Cathedral. Evensong is a tradition as ancient as the stones of the building, and we are delighted to offer everyone a chance to experience it first-hand.”
To guarantee a place please sign up in advance as soon as possible, via the event page on the Ely Cathedral website. This free event is open to singers over 18 only. Refreshments will be provided.
Please see website for further details www.elycathedral.org
Evensong
Evensong takes place daily at Ely Cathedral at 5.30pm (4pm on Sundays)
With its resonant and beautiful words, Evensong typifies the English Cathedral tradition of choral worship. Most of the singing is done by the Choir, the congregation participating through a prayerful listening. The Service consists of psalms, readings from the bible, an anthem, and prayers for the world and the church and for those in need.
 

 
Picture credits:  Ely Cathedral Picture Library

Free School Holiday Drop-in Session

Today’s theme is: Easter Crafts

Our Free drop-in sessions for children of all ages are held in the Lady Chapel.

Activities include: Story Telling, Brass Rubbing, Arts and Crafts and Puzzles and Games.

Big Issue founder and Social Entrepreneur, Lord John Bird to speak in Ely

Co-founder of The Big Issue, Lord John Bird is to be the keynote speaker at Ely Cathedral 2018 Celebration of Business.

Lord Bird, who entered the House of Lords in 2016 has endured a chequered life, living in orphanages, on the streets and a spell in prison where he learned to read and write.
In the 70’s he worked in the Houses of Parliament washing dishes before setting up his small scale printing and publishing business to which he grew until 1991 when alongside Body Shop owner, Gordon Riddick, “The Big Issue” was created.
Although in the early days, the publication was a London magazine, it quickly spread across the UK into other cities and towns and then other countries. It is now produced in 34 countries and available in 24 languages.
The company now incorporates many others businesses all set around creating social change.
You have the opportunity to see and hear Lord Bird at The Celebration of Business, ‘Tough Times: Good Business’ on Tuesday 24th April at Ely Cathedral.
This years celebration, run by the Ely Cathedral Business Group, is just over one day unlike previous years where the exhibitors set up for a weekend of display.
To register as an exhibitor or visitor and hear the keynote visit:  http://www.elycathedralbusinessgroup.org/celebration-of-business.

South-African born pianist Neil Hilgrove Colledge will be giving a lunchtime recital at Ely Cathedral

The South-African born pianist Neil Hilgrove Colledge will be giving his 4th lunchtime recital at Ely Cathedral on Thursday May 24th, however this year’s concert date is by far the most significant.
May 24th marks the date of Neil & Alison’s oldest son William’s sixteenth birthday. William has spent most of his life in Littleport and is a pupil at The Highfield Special School in Ely. William suffers from severe learning difficulties, epilepsy & autism but loves swimming & trampolining and has been able to regularly enjoy these activities during his time at Highfields.
William was a pupil at the Addenbrookes Music Therapy Classes of Emilia Oldfield and was featured in published articles and books by her. Neil and Alison’s youngest child Conrad was baptised by The Bishop of Ely.
Neil is a serving member of The Ely Cathedral Business Group. He celebrated his half century with a performance at the Cathedral, dedicated to the singer David Bowie who was one of his musical heroes, and died on the day of his 50th birthday.
The concert (in the south transept) will include music by Brahms, Granados and Franz Liszt. The recital starts at 1:10pm. Entry is by Cathedral Pass.
 

Stretham attraction wins second spot in Trip Advisor poll

A Stretham miniature zoo has beaten King’s College Chapel, Duxford Air Museum and the University of Cambridge to win the second spot in a Trip Advisor poll, Spotted In Ely can reveal.

The Animal Experience is second on the list of Top Things to Do in Cambridgeshire, beaten only by the Cambridgeshire Wine School in Cambridge.


The Cambridge Road owned family business, which lets people get up close to animals, has gone from strength to strength since opening its small zoo in Stretham, appearing on Blue Peter, Animal Planet and Channel 4.
And now a poll created by travellers around the globe has voted the The Animal Experience the second top attraction in the county – beating numerous, well established tourism hot spots.

Hazel Price, of The Animal Experience, told Spotted in Ely she was thrilled by the rating, especially as it was based on people’s personal experiences.
“It’s what people think of us, so it means a lot. I knew we were number two in Ely and I thought that was pretty good – but to be number two in Cambridgeshire is amazing.”
One of the attraction’s highlights is Meet the Meerkats – an experience described by one recent reviewer as “the best time ever”.

 
The visitor said: “Highly recommend this AMAZING place. All the animals are loved and cared for. The guides know their stuff and love the animals. We enjoyed this so much I wanted to go back the next day! The meerkats are just as I hoped so cute and clever. Wonderful place. Definitely will visit again and take my children. Thank you.”
Established in 1995, The Animal Experience has appeared at over 2000 private parties as well as hundreds of schools, veterinary colleges and universities.

Its aim is to entertain and educate as well as helping people overcome their fear of reptiles.
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The Animal Experience also rescues and rehomes unwanted pets – mostly large reptiles that people can’t care for properly, such as Burmese pythons and iguanas.
Last year The Animal Experience rehomed a pair of chinchillas after reading about them on Spotted in Ely.
For more information about The Animal Experience click here.
Top things to do in Cambridgeshire (Trip Advisor)
1. Cambridgeshire Wine School (Cambridge)
2. The Animal Experience (Stretham)
3. Room Escape Games (8)
4. Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial (Cambridge)
5. Sightseeing Tours (17)
6. American Air Museum (Duxford)
7. IWM Duxford (Duxford)
8. Fens Falconry (Wisbech)
9. King’s College Chapel (Cambridge)
10. Peterborough Cathedral (Peterborough)
11. Ely Cathedral (Ely)
12. The Centre for Computing History (Cambridge)
13. Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge)
14. University of Cambridge (Cambridge)
15. The River Cam (Cambridge)
16. Raptor Foundation (Woodhurst)
17. Anglesey Abbey (Lode)
18. Fossils Galore (March)
19. Cambridge University Botanic Garden (Cambridge)
20. Paxton Pits Nature Reserve (St Neots)

Bach St John Passion

Ely Choral Society will perform Bach’s St. John Passion in Ely Cathedral on Saturday 24th March 2018 at 7:30 pm. This promises to be a very special performance sung in English and taking full advantage of the wonderful acoustic of the Nave of the Cathedral.

Bach’s passion settings are among the supreme choral achievements of any age. His St John Passion is an intimate and deeply expressive telling of Christ’s persecution and crucifixion.

Rogers Covey-Crump is well-known as a leading exponent of the role of Evangelist and he is joined by a group of young singers, all forging notable careers as opera and oratorio soloists. The performance is accompanied by an orchestra of period instruments provided by the Chameleon Arts Baroque Orchestra and will be conducted by Andrew Parnell.

Whilst the St John Passion is mostly performed in German, this performance will be in a traditional English translation so that the audience can directly follow the drama.

Meet the Volunteer Team

Would you like to find out a bit more about becoming a volunteer at Ely Cathedral? We are hosting a ‘Meet the Volunteer team’ evening on 8 March at 6.30pm in the Lady Chapel.

Our volunteers enrich life at the Cathedral in so many ways and we simply could not run the Cathedral without them. There are a huge variety of roles and over 300 volunteers of all different backgrounds, faith, age and experience who together create a lively, friendly and supportive community.

If you have a few spare hours a week and are interested in joining our team come along on the 8th March where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine, meet some of our volunteers and find out a little more about what they do and how you could help.

For more information please contact Jocelyn Palmer
j.palmer@elycathedral.org (01353) 660307

New homes unaffordable for locals, residents say

Plots for new houses in Ely have gone on the market – but with prices starting at £222,995 for a two-bedroom flat, the dream of home ownership may be far off for many locals.

A number of plots have already been snapped up at St James’ Park, off Cam Drive, since going on the market last month.

Hopkins Homes promise “an exceptional location within a thriving new community at Orchards Green.”

The developers say the new neighbourhood will encompass “a variety of amenities from a primary school, local supermarket, parkland and play area to a family pub, community centre and allotments.
But some residents have expressed their dismay on the Ely New Developments Facebook group, saying the prices are unaffordable for many locals.
The cheapest accommodation starts at £222,995 for the two-bedroom ground floor Yves Apartments, offering two car parking spaces.

These will have a living/dining area of 3.905m x 3.625m (12’10” x 11’11”). The kitchen will be 3.280m x 2.400m (10’9” x 7’11”), while the master bedroom will be 3.495m x 2.918m (11’6” x 9’7”). The second bedroom will be 3.145m x 2.315m (10’4” x 7’7”).
On the top end, the four-bedroom Apollonia, boasting a double garage and parking, is retailing at £519,995.

This will include a living room of 4.698m x 3.716m (15’5” x 12’2”), kitchen/dining room of 8.948m x 3.199m (29’4” x 10’6”) and master bedroom of 4.698m x 3.716m (14’9” x 12’1”).

According to Ely New Developments, Hopkins Homes sold three houses on the first day they were released.
One resident has described the prices as “eye watering”, saying the rising cost of housing will “turn Ely into yet another commuter town”.
Another said the development was “totally unaffordable for the majority of the local population.”

In its marketing material, Hopkins Homes describes St James’ Park as being “just a five minute drive from the centre of history Ely, a city which dates back to the 7th century.
“Its rich heritage is evidenced all around you, not least in its sumptuous cathedral whose magnificent towers can be seen for miles around.
“However, this mediaeval city offers everything you could want for 21st century living, with useful amenities including supermarkets, GP and dental surgeries, a selection of banks and a post office. Pubs and restaurants are also in abundance along the city’s pretty streets including the 15th century inn The Lamb Inn.”
It describes “the bustling” city of Cambridge as “just a 35 minute drive away”, adding that it’s “easily reachable for work, leisure or both”.
According to the UK House Price Index, the average property in East Cambridgeshire sold for £280,066 in December 2017, less than the Cambridgeshire average of £291,679, and far less than the Cambridge average of £462,033 during the same month.
As of December 2017 the average house price in the UK was £226,756. Property prices have risen by 0.4% compared to the previous month, and risen by 5.2% compared to the previous year.

Bravo! Ely Prezzo survives the cutter

Ely pizza and pasta lovers will be relieved to hear that the city’s popular Prezzo restaurant has survived the cutter for now, Spotted in Ely can reveal.

The struggling Italian chain plans to shut down a third of its restaurants in a bid to save the company.

But the Ely restaurant, overlooking Ely Cathedral, is making enough profit to stay on the company’s safe list.

Yesterday Prezzo announced it had entered into a company voluntary agreement (CVA), a procedure under the Insolvency Act, “in order to deliver a sustainable long-term plan for its business”.
Prezzo has submitted a restructuring plan to its creditors and will seek their approval of the CVA at a creditors’ meeting on March 23.
If given the go ahead, it will shut down 94 of its 300 restaurants across the country – but the Ely branch is set to remain open for now.
The popular High Street eatery is classified as a “category 1” lease restaurant, meaning it’s performing adequately at the current rent.
The group operates a number of chain across the country, including Chimichanga, Caffe Uno, Cleaver and MEXIco, but its core brand is Prezzo.
Over the years, Prezzo has suffered stiff competition from other brand names, such as Pizza Express, ASK Italian, Zizzi and Bella Italia.
The CVA allows a company to come to an arrangement with its creditors over the payment of its debts.
If the agreement isn’t approved, Prezzo is likely to enter into administration.
Prezzo was bought by private equity firm TPG in 2014 for just over £300 million.
It’s been a tough week for retailers, with Maplin and Toys R Us both going into administration.

Exhibition – Faith and Peace

A touring exhibition exploring perspectives on peace from three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This exhibition looks at the way in which the three faiths promote peace – in their teaching, and in the lives of their people. It tells stories of their peace-makers. It shows how each stresses hospitality and welcome for the stranger, including the stranger of other faiths.

Location: Lady Chapel.

Exhibition – 100 Hearts for 100 Years

During World War 1, pincushions were made by wounded soldiers
to send home to their loved ones. Known as ‘Sweethearts’ these moving momentos, made with love, proved to be excellent therapy for troops recovering from the horrors that they had experienced.

Using a modern interpretation of the theme, the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA Wiltshire, have created one hundred hearts, one for
each year since the Great War, which are on display in this wonderful exhibition.

Free Admission.

Location: South Transept.

Exhibition – To End All Wars

A dynamic new art installation by OuseLife artists commemorating the impact of the First World War in Cambridgeshire.

With a cascade of 100 banners, each an individual artwork and reminiscent of prayer flags, the installation forms a moving tribute to
those involved in the war.

Free Admission.

Location: South West Transept.

Exhibition – Faith and Peace

A touring exhibition exploring perspectives on peace from three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This exhibition looks at the way in which the three faiths promote peace – in their teaching, and in the lives of their people. It tells stories of their peace-makers. It shows how each stresses hospitality and welcome for the stranger, including the stranger of other faiths.

Location: Lady Chapel.

Exhibition – 100 Hearts for 100 Years

During World War 1, pincushions were made by wounded soldiers
to send home to their loved ones. Known as ‘Sweethearts’ these moving momentos, made with love, proved to be excellent therapy for troops recovering from the horrors that they had experienced.

Using a modern interpretation of the theme, the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA Wiltshire, have created one hundred hearts, one for
each year since the Great War, which are on display in this wonderful exhibition.

Free Admission.

Location: South Transept.

Exhibition – To End All Wars

A dynamic new art installation by OuseLife artists commemorating the impact of the First World War in Cambridgeshire.

With a cascade of 100 banners, each an individual artwork and reminiscent of prayer flags, the installation forms a moving tribute to
those involved in the war.

Free Admission.

Location: South West Transept.

Exhibition – Faith and Peace

A touring exhibition exploring perspectives on peace from three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This exhibition looks at the way in which the three faiths promote peace – in their teaching, and in the lives of their people. It tells stories of their peace-makers. It shows how each stresses hospitality and welcome for the stranger, including the stranger of other faiths.

Location: Lady Chapel.

Exhibition – 100 Hearts for 100 Years

During World War 1, pincushions were made by wounded soldiers
to send home to their loved ones. Known as ‘Sweethearts’ these moving momentos, made with love, proved to be excellent therapy for troops recovering from the horrors that they had experienced.

Using a modern interpretation of the theme, the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA Wiltshire, have created one hundred hearts, one for
each year since the Great War, which are on display in this wonderful exhibition.

Free Admission.

Location: South Transept.

Exhibition – To End All Wars

A dynamic new art installation by OuseLife artists commemorating the impact of the First World War in Cambridgeshire.

With a cascade of 100 banners, each an individual artwork and reminiscent of prayer flags, the installation forms a moving tribute to
those involved in the war.

Free Admission.

Location: South West Transept.

Exhibition – Faith and Peace

A touring exhibition exploring perspectives on peace from three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This exhibition looks at the way in which the three faiths promote peace – in their teaching, and in the lives of their people. It tells stories of their peace-makers. It shows how each stresses hospitality and welcome for the stranger, including the stranger of other faiths.

Location: Lady Chapel.

Exhibition – 100 Hearts for 100 Years

During World War 1, pincushions were made by wounded soldiers
to send home to their loved ones. Known as ‘Sweethearts’ these moving momentos, made with love, proved to be excellent therapy for troops recovering from the horrors that they had experienced.

Using a modern interpretation of the theme, the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA Wiltshire, have created one hundred hearts, one for
each year since the Great War, which are on display in this wonderful exhibition.

Free Admission.

Location: South Transept.

Exhibition – To End All Wars

A dynamic new art installation by OuseLife artists commemorating the impact of the First World War in Cambridgeshire.

With a cascade of 100 banners, each an individual artwork and reminiscent of prayer flags, the installation forms a moving tribute to
those involved in the war.

Free Admission.

Location: South West Transept.

Exhibition – Faith and Peace

A touring exhibition exploring perspectives on peace from three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This exhibition looks at the way in which the three faiths promote peace – in their teaching, and in the lives of their people. It tells stories of their peace-makers. It shows how each stresses hospitality and welcome for the stranger, including the stranger of other faiths.

Location: Lady Chapel.

Exhibition – 100 Hearts for 100 Years

During World War 1, pincushions were made by wounded soldiers
to send home to their loved ones. Known as ‘Sweethearts’ these moving momentos, made with love, proved to be excellent therapy for troops recovering from the horrors that they had experienced.

Using a modern interpretation of the theme, the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA Wiltshire, have created one hundred hearts, one for
each year since the Great War, which are on display in this wonderful exhibition.

Free Admission.

Location: South Transept.

Exhibition – To End All Wars

A dynamic new art installation by OuseLife artists commemorating the impact of the First World War in Cambridgeshire.

With a cascade of 100 banners, each an individual artwork and reminiscent of prayer flags, the installation forms a moving tribute to
those involved in the war.

Free Admission.

Location: South West Transept.

Exhibition – Faith and Peace

A touring exhibition exploring perspectives on peace from three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This exhibition looks at the way in which the three faiths promote peace – in their teaching, and in the lives of their people. It tells stories of their peace-makers. It shows how each stresses hospitality and welcome for the stranger, including the stranger of other faiths.

Location: Lady Chapel.

Exhibition – 100 Hearts for 100 Years

During World War 1, pincushions were made by wounded soldiers
to send home to their loved ones. Known as ‘Sweethearts’ these moving momentos, made with love, proved to be excellent therapy for troops recovering from the horrors that they had experienced.

Using a modern interpretation of the theme, the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA Wiltshire, have created one hundred hearts, one for
each year since the Great War, which are on display in this wonderful exhibition.

Free Admission.

Location: South Transept.

Exhibition – To End All Wars

A dynamic new art installation by OuseLife artists commemorating the impact of the First World War in Cambridgeshire.

With a cascade of 100 banners, each an individual artwork and reminiscent of prayer flags, the installation forms a moving tribute to
those involved in the war.

Free Admission.

Location: South West Transept.

Exhibition – Faith and Peace

A touring exhibition exploring perspectives on peace from three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This exhibition looks at the way in which the three faiths promote peace – in their teaching, and in the lives of their people. It tells stories of their peace-makers. It shows how each stresses hospitality and welcome for the stranger, including the stranger of other faiths.

Location: Lady Chapel.

Exhibition – 100 Hearts for 100 Years

During World War 1, pincushions were made by wounded soldiers
to send home to their loved ones. Known as ‘Sweethearts’ these moving momentos, made with love, proved to be excellent therapy for troops recovering from the horrors that they had experienced.

Using a modern interpretation of the theme, the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA Wiltshire, have created one hundred hearts, one for
each year since the Great War, which are on display in this wonderful exhibition.

Free Admission.

Location: South Transept.

Exhibition – To End All Wars

A dynamic new art installation by OuseLife artists commemorating the impact of the First World War in Cambridgeshire.

With a cascade of 100 banners, each an individual artwork and reminiscent of prayer flags, the installation forms a moving tribute to
those involved in the war.

Free Admission.

Location: South West Transept.

Exhibition – Faith and Peace

A touring exhibition exploring perspectives on peace from three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This exhibition looks at the way in which the three faiths promote peace – in their teaching, and in the lives of their people. It tells stories of their peace-makers. It shows how each stresses hospitality and welcome for the stranger, including the stranger of other faiths.

Location: Lady Chapel.

Exhibition – 100 Hearts for 100 Years

During World War 1, pincushions were made by wounded soldiers
to send home to their loved ones. Known as ‘Sweethearts’ these moving momentos, made with love, proved to be excellent therapy for troops recovering from the horrors that they had experienced.

Using a modern interpretation of the theme, the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA Wiltshire, have created one hundred hearts, one for
each year since the Great War, which are on display in this wonderful exhibition.

Free Admission.

Location: South Transept.

Exhibition – To End All Wars

A dynamic new art installation by OuseLife artists commemorating the impact of the First World War in Cambridgeshire.

With a cascade of 100 banners, each an individual artwork and reminiscent of prayer flags, the installation forms a moving tribute to
those involved in the war.

Free Admission.

Location: South West Transept.

Exhibition – Faith and Peace

A touring exhibition exploring perspectives on peace from three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This exhibition looks at the way in which the three faiths promote peace – in their teaching, and in the lives of their people. It tells stories of their peace-makers. It shows how each stresses hospitality and welcome for the stranger, including the stranger of other faiths.

Location: Lady Chapel.

Exhibition – 100 Hearts for 100 Years

During World War 1, pincushions were made by wounded soldiers
to send home to their loved ones. Known as ‘Sweethearts’ these moving momentos, made with love, proved to be excellent therapy for troops recovering from the horrors that they had experienced.

Using a modern interpretation of the theme, the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA Wiltshire, have created one hundred hearts, one for
each year since the Great War, which are on display in this wonderful exhibition.

Free Admission.

Location: South Transept.

Exhibition – To End All Wars

A dynamic new art installation by OuseLife artists commemorating the impact of the First World War in Cambridgeshire.

With a cascade of 100 banners, each an individual artwork and reminiscent of prayer flags, the installation forms a moving tribute to
those involved in the war.

Free Admission.

Location: South West Transept.

Exhibition – Faith and Peace

A touring exhibition exploring perspectives on peace from three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This exhibition looks at the way in which the three faiths promote peace – in their teaching, and in the lives of their people. It tells stories of their peace-makers. It shows how each stresses hospitality and welcome for the stranger, including the stranger of other faiths.

Location: Lady Chapel.

Exhibition – 100 Hearts for 100 Years

During World War 1, pincushions were made by wounded soldiers
to send home to their loved ones. Known as ‘Sweethearts’ these moving momentos, made with love, proved to be excellent therapy for troops recovering from the horrors that they had experienced.

Using a modern interpretation of the theme, the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA Wiltshire, have created one hundred hearts, one for
each year since the Great War, which are on display in this wonderful exhibition.

Free Admission.

Location: South Transept.

Exhibition – To End All Wars

A dynamic new art installation by OuseLife artists commemorating the impact of the First World War in Cambridgeshire.

With a cascade of 100 banners, each an individual artwork and reminiscent of prayer flags, the installation forms a moving tribute to
those involved in the war.

Free Admission.

Location: South West Transept.

Exhibition – Faith and Peace

A touring exhibition exploring perspectives on peace from three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This exhibition looks at the way in which the three faiths promote peace – in their teaching, and in the lives of their people. It tells stories of their peace-makers. It shows how each stresses hospitality and welcome for the stranger, including the stranger of other faiths.

Location: Lady Chapel.

Exhibition – 100 Hearts for 100 Years

During World War 1, pincushions were made by wounded soldiers
to send home to their loved ones. Known as ‘Sweethearts’ these moving momentos, made with love, proved to be excellent therapy for troops recovering from the horrors that they had experienced.

Using a modern interpretation of the theme, the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA Wiltshire, have created one hundred hearts, one for
each year since the Great War, which are on display in this wonderful exhibition.

Free Admission.

Location: South Transept.

Exhibition – To End All Wars

A dynamic new art installation by OuseLife artists commemorating the impact of the First World War in Cambridgeshire.

With a cascade of 100 banners, each an individual artwork and reminiscent of prayer flags, the installation forms a moving tribute to
those involved in the war.

Free Admission.

Location: South West Transept.

Exhibition – Faith and Peace

A touring exhibition exploring perspectives on peace from three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This exhibition looks at the way in which the three faiths promote peace – in their teaching, and in the lives of their people. It tells stories of their peace-makers. It shows how each stresses hospitality and welcome for the stranger, including the stranger of other faiths.

Location: Lady Chapel.

Exhibition – 100 Hearts for 100 Years

During World War 1, pincushions were made by wounded soldiers
to send home to their loved ones. Known as ‘Sweethearts’ these moving momentos, made with love, proved to be excellent therapy for troops recovering from the horrors that they had experienced.

Using a modern interpretation of the theme, the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA Wiltshire, have created one hundred hearts, one for
each year since the Great War, which are on display in this wonderful exhibition.

Free Admission.

Location: South Transept.

Exhibition – To End All Wars

A dynamic new art installation by OuseLife artists commemorating the impact of the First World War in Cambridgeshire.

With a cascade of 100 banners, each an individual artwork and reminiscent of prayer flags, the installation forms a moving tribute to
those involved in the war.

Free Admission.

Location: South West Transept.

Exhibition – Faith and Peace

A touring exhibition exploring perspectives on peace from three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This exhibition looks at the way in which the three faiths promote peace – in their teaching, and in the lives of their people. It tells stories of their peace-makers. It shows how each stresses hospitality and welcome for the stranger, including the stranger of other faiths.

Location: Lady Chapel.

Exhibition – 100 Hearts for 100 Years

During World War 1, pincushions were made by wounded soldiers
to send home to their loved ones. Known as ‘Sweethearts’ these moving momentos, made with love, proved to be excellent therapy for troops recovering from the horrors that they had experienced.

Using a modern interpretation of the theme, the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA Wiltshire, have created one hundred hearts, one for
each year since the Great War, which are on display in this wonderful exhibition.

Free Admission.

Location: South Transept.

Exhibition – To End All Wars

A dynamic new art installation by OuseLife artists commemorating the impact of the First World War in Cambridgeshire.

With a cascade of 100 banners, each an individual artwork and reminiscent of prayer flags, the installation forms a moving tribute to
those involved in the war.

Free Admission.

Location: South West Transept.

Exhibition – Faith and Peace

A touring exhibition exploring perspectives on peace from three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This exhibition looks at the way in which the three faiths promote peace – in their teaching, and in the lives of their people. It tells stories of their peace-makers. It shows how each stresses hospitality and welcome for the stranger, including the stranger of other faiths.

Location: Lady Chapel.

Exhibition – 100 Hearts for 100 Years

During World War 1, pincushions were made by wounded soldiers
to send home to their loved ones. Known as ‘Sweethearts’ these moving momentos, made with love, proved to be excellent therapy for troops recovering from the horrors that they had experienced.

Using a modern interpretation of the theme, the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA Wiltshire, have created one hundred hearts, one for
each year since the Great War, which are on display in this wonderful exhibition.

Free Admission.

Location: South Transept.

Exhibition – To End All Wars

A dynamic new art installation by OuseLife artists commemorating the impact of the First World War in Cambridgeshire.

With a cascade of 100 banners, each an individual artwork and reminiscent of prayer flags, the installation forms a moving tribute to
those involved in the war.

Free Admission.

Location: South West Transept.

Exhibition – Faith and Peace

A touring exhibition exploring perspectives on peace from three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This exhibition looks at the way in which the three faiths promote peace – in their teaching, and in the lives of their people. It tells stories of their peace-makers. It shows how each stresses hospitality and welcome for the stranger, including the stranger of other faiths.

Location: Lady Chapel.

Exhibition – 100 Hearts for 100 Years

During World War 1, pincushions were made by wounded soldiers
to send home to their loved ones. Known as ‘Sweethearts’ these moving momentos, made with love, proved to be excellent therapy for troops recovering from the horrors that they had experienced.

Using a modern interpretation of the theme, the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA Wiltshire, have created one hundred hearts, one for
each year since the Great War, which are on display in this wonderful exhibition.

Free Admission.

Location: South Transept.

Exhibition – To End All Wars

A dynamic new art installation by OuseLife artists commemorating the impact of the First World War in Cambridgeshire.

With a cascade of 100 banners, each an individual artwork and reminiscent of prayer flags, the installation forms a moving tribute to
those involved in the war.

Free Admission.

Location: South West Transept.

The Big Pancake Party and Pancake Race

Come and enjoy the fun in our Big Pancake Race and Pancake Party where we will be raising money for the Church Urban Fund’s Food Poverty Campaign and eating away at hunger.

With live music from the Ely Cathedral Octagon Singers and Ely Cathedral Community Choir.

The event is free, but for catering purposes please reserve a ticket from the Cathedral Box Office by telephone: 01353 660349 or via email: box.office@elycathedral.org

Exhibition – Faith and Peace

A touring exhibition exploring perspectives on peace from three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This exhibition looks at the way in which the three faiths promote peace – in their teaching, and in the lives of their people. It tells stories of their peace-makers. It shows how each stresses hospitality and welcome for the stranger, including the stranger of other faiths.

Location: Lady Chapel.

Exhibition – 100 Hearts for 100 Years

During World War 1, pincushions were made by wounded soldiers
to send home to their loved ones. Known as ‘Sweethearts’ these moving momentos, made with love, proved to be excellent therapy for troops recovering from the horrors that they had experienced.

Using a modern interpretation of the theme, the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA Wiltshire, have created one hundred hearts, one for
each year since the Great War, which are on display in this wonderful exhibition.

Free Admission.

Location: South Transept.

Exhibition – To End All Wars

A dynamic new art installation by OuseLife artists commemorating the impact of the First World War in Cambridgeshire.

With a cascade of 100 banners, each an individual artwork and reminiscent of prayer flags, the installation forms a moving tribute to
those involved in the war.

Free Admission.

Location: South West Transept.

Exhibition – Faith and Peace

A touring exhibition exploring perspectives on peace from three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This exhibition looks at the way in which the three faiths promote peace – in their teaching, and in the lives of their people. It tells stories of their peace-makers. It shows how each stresses hospitality and welcome for the stranger, including the stranger of other faiths.

Location: Lady Chapel.

Exhibition – 100 Hearts for 100 Years

During World War 1, pincushions were made by wounded soldiers
to send home to their loved ones. Known as ‘Sweethearts’ these moving momentos, made with love, proved to be excellent therapy for troops recovering from the horrors that they had experienced.

Using a modern interpretation of the theme, the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA Wiltshire, have created one hundred hearts, one for
each year since the Great War, which are on display in this wonderful exhibition.

Free Admission.

Location: South Transept.

Exhibition – To End All Wars

A dynamic new art installation by OuseLife artists commemorating the impact of the First World War in Cambridgeshire.

With a cascade of 100 banners, each an individual artwork and reminiscent of prayer flags, the installation forms a moving tribute to
those involved in the war.

Free Admission.

Location: South West Transept.

Exhibition – Faith and Peace

A touring exhibition exploring perspectives on peace from three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This exhibition looks at the way in which the three faiths promote peace – in their teaching, and in the lives of their people. It tells stories of their peace-makers. It shows how each stresses hospitality and welcome for the stranger, including the stranger of other faiths.

Location: Lady Chapel.

Exhibition – 100 Hearts for 100 Years

During World War 1, pincushions were made by wounded soldiers
to send home to their loved ones. Known as ‘Sweethearts’ these moving momentos, made with love, proved to be excellent therapy for troops recovering from the horrors that they had experienced.

Using a modern interpretation of the theme, the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA Wiltshire, have created one hundred hearts, one for
each year since the Great War, which are on display in this wonderful exhibition.

Free Admission.

Location: South Transept.

Exhibition – To End All Wars

A dynamic new art installation by OuseLife artists commemorating the impact of the First World War in Cambridgeshire.

With a cascade of 100 banners, each an individual artwork and reminiscent of prayer flags, the installation forms a moving tribute to
those involved in the war.

Free Admission.

Location: South West Transept.

Ely Cathedral Sparkling Valentines Concert 2018

The most awe-inspiring building in Cambridgeshire, Ely Cathedral hosts the 9th consecutive Sparkling Valentines Concert on Saturday 10th Feb 2018. A feast of romantic show-stoppers by Beethoven, Debussy, Rachmaninov, Chopin and Gershwin will be performed by locally-bred international concert pianist, Warren Mailley-Smith, accompanied by the heavenly Veles Ensemble in Mozart’s exquisite Piano Concerto in A major K414. International soprano Susan Parkes will sing heart-stopping arias and the programme concludes with two passionate Tangos. Tickets include a glass of bubbly during the interval.

Warren Mailley-Smith (piano)
Susan Parkes (soprano)
Veles Quartet
Double bass (special guest)

PROGRAMME:
Mendelssohn – Song Without Words no. 1
Liszt – Liebestraume no. 3
Chopin – Nocturne in D flat major
Gershwin/Wild – Embraceable You
Debussy – Clair de Lune
Rachmaninov – Flight of the Bumblebee
Mozart – Piano Concerto K414 in A major
Pachelbel – Canon in D
Bach – Prelude from Suite No. 1 in G major for solo cello
Elgar – Salut d’amour
Beethoven – Romance in G
Mozart – Voi che sapete
Puccini – O Mio Babino caro
Puccini – Si mi chiamano Mimi
Delibes – Flower Duet
Piazolla – Oblivion (Tango)
Piazolla – Libertango

Exhibition – Faith and Peace

A touring exhibition exploring perspectives on peace from three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This exhibition looks at the way in which the three faiths promote peace – in their teaching, and in the lives of their people. It tells stories of their peace-makers. It shows how each stresses hospitality and welcome for the stranger, including the stranger of other faiths.

Location: Lady Chapel.

Exhibition – 100 Hearts for 100 Years

During World War 1, pincushions were made by wounded soldiers
to send home to their loved ones. Known as ‘Sweethearts’ these moving momentos, made with love, proved to be excellent therapy for troops recovering from the horrors that they had experienced.

Using a modern interpretation of the theme, the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA Wiltshire, have created one hundred hearts, one for
each year since the Great War, which are on display in this wonderful exhibition.

Free Admission.

Location: South Transept.

Exhibition – To End All Wars

A dynamic new art installation by OuseLife artists commemorating the impact of the First World War in Cambridgeshire.

With a cascade of 100 banners, each an individual artwork and reminiscent of prayer flags, the installation forms a moving tribute to
those involved in the war.

Free Admission.

Location: South West Transept.

Exhibition – Faith and Peace

A touring exhibition exploring perspectives on peace from three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This exhibition looks at the way in which the three faiths promote peace – in their teaching, and in the lives of their people. It tells stories of their peace-makers. It shows how each stresses hospitality and welcome for the stranger, including the stranger of other faiths.

Location: Lady Chapel.

Exhibition – 100 Hearts for 100 Years

During World War 1, pincushions were made by wounded soldiers
to send home to their loved ones. Known as ‘Sweethearts’ these moving momentos, made with love, proved to be excellent therapy for troops recovering from the horrors that they had experienced.

Using a modern interpretation of the theme, the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA Wiltshire, have created one hundred hearts, one for
each year since the Great War, which are on display in this wonderful exhibition.

Free Admission.

Location: South Transept.

Exhibition – To End All Wars

A dynamic new art installation by OuseLife artists commemorating the impact of the First World War in Cambridgeshire.

With a cascade of 100 banners, each an individual artwork and reminiscent of prayer flags, the installation forms a moving tribute to
those involved in the war.

Free Admission.

Location: South West Transept.