Sinfonia to debut new compositions at cathedral concert

Ely Sinfonia

Ely Sinfonia - Credit: Archant

Two major new compositions for choir and orchestra will receive their premières at a special concert in Ely, on Saturday.

Island, commissioned by Ely Sinfonia to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, is a story of conflict and reconciliation based on an island in the middle of an island.

The second piece, entitled Hereward the Wake, inspired by the Fenland hero who resisted the Normans, is a new piece of community music for Cambridgeshire commissioned by Linda Fairbrother, the county’s High Sheriff.

Taking part in this landmark concert will be Ely Sinfonia as well as choristers and soloists from Ely Cathedral, choirs including the Ely Imps, In Voco Parentis from King’s College School, Cambridge, and the Colchester Institute Chamber Choir, and massed children’s voices from local primary schools.

The narrator will be Jeremy Harmer, joint composer of Island and a successful writer, musician, singer-songwriter and performer of the spoken word. The musical director will be local celebrity conductor and violinist Steve Bingham

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Tickets cost £12, £10 (concessions) and £7.50 (16 and under) and are available from Ely Cathedral box office on 01353 660349, or via e-mail or online from

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