Jubilee Concert

Ely Cathedral - Saturday 7 July 2012 7:30pm

Press release date: 20 May, 2012

From the hushed opening of Britten’s atmospheric setting of the National Anthem, building through Elgar’s Coronation Ode to the well-known ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, our Jubilee Concert promises to be a really special event. Involving five separate choirs and members of two orchestras the programme culminates in a performance of Berlioz’s dramatic setting of the Te Deum.

Berlioz Te Deum

Berlioz’s majestic and awe-inspiring setting of the Te Deum received its first performance on 30 April 1855 at St. Eustache in Paris. According to Berlioz there were 950 performers, who performed this ‘colossal’ and ‘tremendous’ work with ‘the most magnificent precision’. The church was full and the work was given an ecstatic reception, moving many to tears.

Written for two adult choruses, a children’s choir and a huge orchestra, together with a tenor soloist and organ, this epic piece was conceived on a vast canvas. A work full of dramatic contrasts, the massive opening chords alternating between organ and orchestra set the tone for a series of choruses on a grand scale. The Te Deum culminates in the Judex crederis, in which the almost mesmeric repetition of the long melody line leads to a triumphant finale featuring brass and organ.

The Te Deum is an important work which is not often heard, and we are delighted to link up together for this joint performance in the magnificent setting of Ely Cathedral. Be sure not to miss it!

Conductor: Adrian Brown
Organ: Julian Merson
Soloists: Una Barry – soprano Janet Shell – mezzo-soprano
Richard Reaville – tenor Alan Fairs – bass

Tickets £25, £20, £15 & £10 from Ely Cathedral Box Office
Tel: 01353 660349 and online at

By kind permission of the Dean and Chapter Registered Charity No: 280451

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