Ely Festival 2020

The next Ely Festival of Church Music will take place in Ely Cathedral on Saturday 25th April 2020. The conductor will be Sarah MacDonald, Director of Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir; the organist will be Glen Dempsey, Assistant Director of Music, Ely Cathedral.

Anyone and everyone who enjoys singing is warmly invited to come along and join the choir.

On the right of this page are links to documents you can download including a booking form and parental consent forms.

Music to be sung at the festival will be taken from the RSCM 2020 publication God’s Church for God’s World. The service will also include a selection of Worship songs.

Ely Festival of Church Music rehearsal opportunities – all 2020

February 5th         7 – 8:30pm         Ely Cathedral Song School*

March 9th            7 – 8:30pm          Ely Cathedral Song School

March 31st          7 – 8:30pm         St. Mary the Virgin, Godmanchester

April 20th            7 – 8:30pm          Ely Cathedral

April 23rd            7:15 – 8:15pm     St. John’s Church, Hills Road, Cambridge

*This rehearsal is primarily for choir leaders, but is open to anyone who would like to come along.

Schedule for the day on 25th April 2020

1:00 pm   Welcome desk opens for arrival of singers

1:45 pm   Rehearsal

4:00 pm   Break –  complimentary refreshments available in               Lady Chapel for singers

4:45 pm    Festival Choir processes into Cathedral

5:00 pm   Festival Service – congregation warmly invited

Music List

DIOCESE OF ELY – RSCM Diocesan Festival Service 25 April 2020

Sarah MacDonald – conductor | Glen Dempsey – organ

Matt MacGregor, Elizabeth MacGregor, Sam Phillips – worship band musicians

HYMN: Blessed city, heavenly Salem (Westminster Abbey) with descant – pages 6-9
Bidding Prayer & Penitence – page 12
ANTHEM: Wash me thoroughly – David Halls – pages 14-16
A minister reassures us of our calling- page 21
WORSHIP SONG: My hope is built on nothing less (Cornerstone) – pages 41-45
Reading: 1 Peter 2.13-17 – page 48
ANTHEM: Blessed be the God and Father – S. S. Wesley pages 124-136
HYMN: God of freedom, God of justice (Rhuddlan) – pages 88 -89
Reading: 1 Peter 3.13-22 – Page 62

ANTHEM: The secret of Christ – Richard Shephard pages 64-69
WORSHIP SONG: By faith I see the hand of God – pages 56-61
1 Peter 3.8-12 – page 93
MAGNIFICAT: Harwood in A flat pages 102-114
Prayers: 1 Peter 4.7-11 – page 154
LITANY: using Ukuthula traditional Zulu between petitions – pages 116-122
The Lord’s Prayer (trad) – page 156

HYMN: Lift High the Cross (Crucifer) with descant – pages 160-162
Blessing – page 163
DISMISSAL: Nunc dimittis to Steal Away – arr. John Harper – pages 170-171


King’s Festival 2020

This will take place on Saturday 19th September 2020 in King’s College, Cambridge.