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26 June 2016 6:30pm

Part of our celebratory weekend in honour of St Etheldreda, Queen, Foundress and First Abbess of Ely.

Anna Krause | Toby Young | Louis Mander Composers
Nick Pitts-Tucker Librettist
Kate Billimore Conductor
Cantata Dramatica Soloists and Chorus

The Building of Ely: Cantata Eliensis tells the story of the founding and building of the great cathedral at Ely over a period of four centuries or more.

The libretto, by Nick Pitts-Tucker, is derived from original material as much as possible, with the chief source being the Liber Eliensis, a contemporary account written by the monks at Ely Abbey no later than 1172 AD.

The story is told in three parts, each of which was commissioned from a different composer - Anna Krause, Toby Young and Louis Mander. Each part lasts for approximately thirty minutes and is scored for soloists, chorus and small instrumental ensemble. The première of Cantata Eliensis took place at St Wulfram's Church, Grantham on 28 September 2014 as part of the Gravity Fields Festival but this will be the first performance in Ely. For more information including a short introductory video, go to


Tickets £15, £10, students and under 18s £5 available at or from ELY CATHEDRAL BOX OFFICE 01353 660349 (Mon-Sat 9.30am-4.30pm)