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MUSIC PATRONS

Aled Jones

Aled Jones

Aled Jones MBE is a former chorister and classical singer. These days he is best known for his television work with BBC and ITV.

Whilst in the choir at Bangor Cathedral, Aled came to fame as a treble, and became well known for his cover of "Walking in the air" for the film adaptation of The Snowman. He went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London under the tuition of former Ely Cathedral music patron, Clara Taylor.

Alongside an extensive musical career as a performer and recording artist, he has been one of the main presenters of Songs of Praise. In September 2012 he joined ITV Breakfast to present Daybreak. His extensive radio work includes presenting shows on Classic FM, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Wales.

Aled was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Birthday Honors for services to music and broadcasting and for charitable services. In 2014 he was nominated as a Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.

Aled is a great supporter of Ely Cathedral which he refers to as his 'personal favourite'. He has performed in the Cathedral on several occasions alongside the choristers and the Ely Imps and has used us as a location for TV documentaries on choral music and English cathedrals.

Prof. Gavin Henderson

Prof. Gavin Henderson

Prof. Gavin Henderson is an English arts administrator, conductor and trumpeter. Since 2007 he has been principal of the Central School of Speech and Drama at the University of London.

As well as a music patron at Ely Cathedral, he has also been Chairman of the National Foundation for Youth Music, Chairman of the Arts Council of England's Music panel and Vice President of the British Arts Festival Association.

He is well known throughout the artistic community for his vibrant and innovative approaches to the arts.

John Rutter CBE received his first musical education as a chorister at Highgate School. He went on to study music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he wrote his first published compositions and conducted his first recording while still a student.

John Rutter

John Rutter

It was during his time at Cambridge that he developed an admiration for, and long association with, Ely Cathedral, the Lady Chapel in particular.

Over the years he has conducted and recorded numerous pieces of work at Ely Cathedral and in 2006 he conducted the inaugural concert of the cathedral's children's choir, The Ely Imps supported by the choristers.

We are delighted to have had such a long association with John Rutter. His compositional career has embraced both large and small-scale choral works, orchestral and instrumental pieces, a piano concerto, two children's operas, music for television, and specialist commissions.

Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson, MBE is a British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his work as the lead vocalist, flautist and acoustic guitarist of British rock band Jethro Tull. As both a rock legend and classical musician, he plays several other musical instruments, including keyboards, bass guitar, bouzouki, balalaika, saxophone, harmonica, and a variety of whistles.

Ian became a Music Patron of Ely Cathedral in 2013. In December that year he gave a concert in Ely Cathedral alongside fellow musicians including John O'Hara and Ade Edmondson and raised over £24,000 in support of the Cathedral's fabric and music.