A flavour of Venice coming to Ely

Venice comes to Ely next week and although there may be no gondolas on the River Great Ouse there will be the unusual sight of cornetts and sackbuts in the city’s cathedral.

These authentic period instruments, in the hands of the world-famous English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, will accompany Ely Choral Society and Ely Youth Choir in a performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers 1610.

Ely Cathedral will also ring to the tones of young soloists from the Dmitri Ensemble as they perform under the baton of the choral society’s musical director, Andrew Parnell. Edmund Aldhouse, the cathedral’s assistant organist, will play organ continuo.

Monteverdi’s Vespers represents the best of Italian baroque music, and was first published in Venice shortly before the composer moved to the city following his appointment to a post at St Mark’s Basilica.

The concert, on Saturday, gives music-lovers from the region a rare opportunity to enjoy hearing this popular music interpreted by such talented musicians. Tickets from £8 to £25 (U-18s £5) are available from Ely Cathedral box office (online: elycathedral.org; tel: 01353 660349; e-mail: box.office@elycathedral.org) and on the door. The concert starts at 7.30pm.