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The College, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4DL
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Boat Tour & Italian Baroque

Cambridge and Ely Depart 11am from Snape Maltings, returning 11pm Soak up the clabber at Ely Cathedral and be bewitched by one of the musical highlights of this year's Festival with our Ely tour package. This includes a boat trip on the River Cam and guided tour of Ely Cathedral, as well as all food, travel and your tickets for the evening concert. Travelling by coach to Cambridge, we'll embark Riverboat Georgina on the historical River Cam. Savour the ancient city sights as we cruise past the University boat houses into the fens towards Horningsea - we may even glance a kingfisher or two whilst enjoying our delicious buffet lunch! Georgina is wheelchair accessible with full facilities on board. Arriving by coach at Ely Cathedral, we'll hear a fascinating guided talk about this marvel of the medieval world, followed by Choral Evensong or a chance to view one of the largest collections of medieval monastery buildings still in daily use. Before the concert, we'll be treated to dinner in the Almonry Restaurant in the stunning undercroft, where cathedral guests have dined since the 13th century. From dinner, we'll progress to the Octagon, where seating is reserved for the evening's sumptuous performance by Le Concert Spirituel, after which we'll return to Snape by coach.

Wed 13 Jun


Coloured Glass Fusing

Coloured Glass Fusing

Learn to cut glass and apply this skill to creating your own kiln-fired glass artwork.

Please note that due to kiln firing times, work is available for collection approximately one week after the workshop. Work can be posted to you at an additional cost; please request this at the time of booking, or on the day of your visit.

Suitable for ages 7+; Advance booking essential on 01353 660347

Wed 30 May
South Triforium


Italian Baroque

Le Concert Spirituel Herve Niquet conductor Benevolo Mass: Si Deus pro nobis Interspersed with plainchant, and choral and instrumental music by Monteverdi, Frescobaldi and Palestrina Orazio Benevolo's mass is an astonishing spectacle and a ravishing listening experience, with eight choirs (each with their own conductor and instrumental ensemble) arrayed around Ely Cathedral's Octagon, submerging the audience under waves of polyphony. Performed in a sequence alongside sumptuous choral motets and instrumental flourishes from his Italian musical forbears and leavened with the purity of plainchant, this is a bewitching, extravagant highpoint of the Italian baroque. The Aldeburgh Festival returns to Ely Cathedral for the first time in over fifty years to present an extraordinary multi-choir mass setting. Benevolo has been little heard in modern times, until Herve Niquet's ensemble's recent championing of his richly textured and highly original sacred works. Full programme Procession: Plain chant : Aeterna Christi munera et martyrum victorias Motet: Monteverdi Cantate Domino Kyrie: Benevolo Messe Si Deus pro nobis Motet: Palestrina Beata es, Virgo Maria (instrumental) Gloria: Benevolo Messe si Deus pro nobis Graduual: Plain chant : Et ne averta faciem tuam a puero tuo Credo: Benevolo Messe si Deus pro nobis Offertoire: Frescobaldi Canzon Vigesimanona for 8 (instrumental) Sanctus: Benevolo Messe si Deus pro nobis Benedictus: Plain chant : Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini Motet: Benevolo Regna Terrae Meditation: Palestrina Peccavimus (instrumental) Agnus Dei: Benevolo Messe si Deus pro nobis Priere: Palestrina Pater Noster a 5 voix (extrait 3e livre) Recessional: Benevolo Magnificat a 16 voix

Wed 13 Jun


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