Triumph is the word
Beethoven Extravaganza completes Isle of Ely Festival
What a wow of an end to this year’s Isle of Ely Arts Festival. Ely Cathedral was completely full – not a single seat left – to hear Ely Choral Society, Ely Consort and Ely Sinfonia play a concert that has been many years in the making.
After the opening fanfare, the concert began with Vaughan Williams’ exquisite In the Fen Country. This was followed by the world premiere of Andrew Parnell’s Fenland Images, a highly atmospheric vision of modern-day agricultural life, the timeless daily round of worship in Ely Cathedral and the bogarts and bogles of Fenland folklore.
In the second half, all three groups joined together in Beethoven’s extraordinary Symphony no 9 in D minor, played magnificently by the orchestra with superb singing from the choirs and wonderful soloists.
Rosemary Westwell, the arts critic for the local press, wrote this wonderful review (click here).
A big thank you to everyone who made it happen – players and singers, our fabulous conductors Steve Bingham and Andrew Parnell, and everyone at Ely Cathedral – not forgetting Corkers Crisps, who sponsored bar snacks during the and wonderful soloists.
Download the programme here.
Here you can download the programmes and posters from past concerts.