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RADIO 3'S CHORAL EVENSONG TO BE BROADCAST FROM ELY CATHEDRAL

On Wednesday 30 January BBC Radio 3 Choral Evensong will be broadcast live from Ely Cathedral.

The music will be performed by the Cathedral Choir consisting of the boy choristers and the lower voices and conducted by Paul Trepte, Director of Music at Ely Cathedral. Edmund Aldhouse, the Assistant Organist, will accompany the Choir on the Cathedral's famous 1908 Harrison & Harrison organ.

The service will include music by Donald Hunt, former organist at Worcester Cathedral, who died last year. This will be particularly poignant for Paul Trepte who had worked under the composer and musician at Worcester and who will be conducting this live broadcast of choral evensong from Ely for the last time as he steps down as Director of Music in the Spring. Paul adds 'It is always an honour to be invited to host Radio 3's Choral Evensong which reaches a global audience and is a great ambassador for choral music around the world. The music chosen for the broadcast is both inspiring and beautiful and it promises to be a wonderful service'.

Everyone is welcome to attend but we request that the congregation must be seated by 3.10pm. The service will be broadcast live at 3.30pm on BBC Radio 3 and repeated at 4pm on Sunday 3 February.

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For further information please contact Lesley Ann Thompson - 01353 660350/07930 918885

About Ely Cathedral

Highly regarded by historians and architects from all over the world for its beauty and size, Ely Cathedral is widely acknowledged as 'one of the wonders of the Medieval world'. Visible for miles around, the Cathedral is often referred to as 'The Ship of the Fens'.

The present building dates from 1081 and is a remarkable example of both Romanesque and Norman architecture. In addition to its unique Octagon Tower and magnificent Lady Chapel, Ely has the third longest nave of any UK Cathedral. The Cathedral's role today is not so far removed from its days as a Benedictine monastery and offers regular daily worship with a special emphasis on choral music. It still maintains a resident choir of 22 choristers and 6 lay clerks and so continues the tradition of choral evensong every day of the week during term time.

As well as being a major visitor attraction, the Cathedral serves as a cultural focal point for East Anglia by providing a unique venue for the arts & music, for exhibitions, concerts and theatre. Most recently Ely has gained global recognition a prominent film location including Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Other Boleyn Girl, Macbeth, The King's Speech and The Crown.