Ely Cathedral audience on its feet for rousing charity concert

The Dowsing Sound Collective perform in Ely Cathedral

The Dowsing Sound Collective perform in Ely Cathedral - Credit: Archant

MORE than 1,000 audience members and performers joined together for a rousing rendition of Ho Hey by The Lumineers at Ely Cathedral on Saturday night at the end of a triumphant night for Cambridge’s Dowsing Sound Collective.

The gig, formed entirely of singers and musicians from across the county, saw the audience treated to a two-hour performance of euphoric and eclectic and covers of tracks ranging from Muse and Vampire Weekend to Agnes Obel and Paul Simon. The night culminated in an epic finale of You Can’t Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones, featuring the cathedral organ at full pelt and brought the entire audience to their feet with a standing ovation.

The gig also featured the world premiere of a contemporary choral work by Andrea Cockerton, setting the poem Breaking by renowned poet Wendell Berry to music.

As well as being a hit with the audience, the event raised more than £1,500 for The Dosoco Foundation, the philanthropic social enterprise launched during the evening. The aim of the foundation is to support music therapy, music access, music education and the innovative use of sound and music for social good. Profits from all Dowsing Sound Collective future gigs will go into the foundation, which hopes to start making grants available to local projects by Christmas.

The Dowsing Sound Collective is now preparing for its next big event, The Dowsing Christmas Cocktail, on the final Saturday before Christmas (December 21) at the Cambridge Corn Exchange.

Visit www.cornex.co.uk/dowsing-christmas-cocktail or call the box office on 01223 357851.