Celebrating the value of music: Festival of St Cecilia 2020 - airing November 18

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Festival of St Cecilia 2020

The Festival of St Cecilia has been the flagship event in Help Musicians’ calendar since 1946. It is a key moment for us to come together to celebrate the value that music brings to all of us and mark the contribution that musicians make right across the U.K.

Due to the Covid restrictions in place we are unfortunately unable to join together this year. We will not be deterred by this, however, and are proud to present a digital version of the festival. We are pleased to partner with The Cathedral Music Trust on this years event.

The 2020 event will bring many traditional elements of the Festival, with exclusive appearances from John Rutter CBE, award-winning soprano Natalya Romaniw and celebrated pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason.

Filmed across multiple locations, the Festival will also feature choral pieces from the choirs of Westminster and Gloucester Cathedrals.

From 11am on Wednesday 18 November the Festival can be streamed here:

This year's Festival of St Cecilia will feature performances by:

Westminster Cathedral Choir, led by Assistant Master of Music Peter Stevens, will be performing Palestrina “Sicut cervus” and “Sitivit anima mea”

Natalya Romaniw will be performing ‘Cacilie’ by Richard Strauss (accompanied by Chris Hopkins)

Gloucester Cathedral Choir, led by Director of Music Adrian Partington, will be performing ‘Let All the World in Every Corner Sing’ by Ralph Vaughan Williams

With additional contributions from:

John Rutter CBE

Isata Kaneh-Mason, Help Musicians Ambassador

Graham Sheffield CBE, Help Musicians Chairman

Harry Christophers CBE, President of the Cathedral Music Trust


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The annual Festival of St Cecilia is one of our key fundraising events that helps us support musicians across the UK, so we are naturally very disappointed to not be able to present the service as usual this year, on the eve of our centenary in 2021.

This year has been one of the most difficult for our country’s musicians and sadly our support has been needed more than ever, with tens of thousands needing help with hardship funding, creative and business support, and unprecedented support to help maintain their physical and mental health.

In a year that has left over half of our musicians earning nothing whatsoever, please support us today to help us support them through this ongoing crisis.

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