The Building of Ely: Cantata Eliensis is one of the final events in the Gravity Fields Festival 2014 which takes place in and around Grantham, Lincolnshire from 24 - 28 September. Tickets will be available from the Festival website.
The 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 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 1172AD. Other sources are Bede's History of the English Church and secondary sources from each period.
The three acts of the Cantata Eliensis were commissioned from three different composers – Anna Krause, Toby Young and Louis Mander. Each piece lasts for approximately thirty minutes and is scored for soloists, chorus and small instrumental ensemble.