Cantata Dramatica organised a workshop in the Holywell Music Room, Oxford on Saturday 9 November 2013 to rehearse and perform Cantata Eliensis with solo singers, small chorus, and a selection of instruments. The day ended with an informal performance to an invited audience and this performance was professionally recorded.
The short extracts below provide an initial introduction to the music but listeners need to bear in mind that they were prepared with the minimum of rehearsal and they are also missing the full instrumentation specified by the composers.
Act 1, Scene 2a Etheldreda sings Lauds in her sanctuary on the island of Ely
Act 1, Scene 7 Etheldreda sings a final Nunc dimittis in preparation for death
Act 2, Scene 4 Matilda tries to encourage Abbott Simeon
Act 2, Scene 5 The monks, nuns and townsfolk of Ely pray for deliverance in troubled times
Act 3, Scene 2 Richard of Bec rouses the monks, nuns and townsfolk to build the cathedral
Act 3, Scene 4 The stonemasons and carpenters sing while they work