The Festival of St Cecilia: A Celebration of Music

Festival event

Help Musicians UK’s annual event will be returning bigger than ever to St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday 21 November. The Festival of St Cecilia is HMUK’s flagship event and it pays homage to the Patron Saint of Music. St Cecilia and the musicians whose legacies continue to enrich our lives through their music, such as Henry Purcell, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Maria Callas.

The annual event has a rich history and has been run in partnership with HMUK for a staggering 72 years. The Festival of St Cecilia sees the yearly gathering of three institutions - St Pauls Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral -  and their choirs, for a truly inspirational and festive celebration with an audience of over 2,000.

Under the direction of Andrew Carwood, Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, the combined choirs of Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Cathedral will reunite to perform once more this year. 

The service will feature an extra special reading from one of Britain’s most loved faces, Jane Asher, and an exclusive performance from internationally renowned classical guitarist, Miloš Karadaglić. The morning’s proceedings will also premiere a specially created anthem by the Queens Music Award winner, Thea Musgrave CBE. The anthem has been generously commissioned by the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, and will reflect on HMUK’s 97-year history as we approach our centenary in 2021.

The Festival service is a free ticketed event, so guests are kindly encouraged to make a donation when booking. 100% of every donation will go directly towards the thousands of musicians across the UK who need our help every year.

Once again, HMUK will host a special reception following the service. The reception will be a ticketed event that allows the charity’s many supporters to gather and meet with fellow supporters, senior representatives and beneficiaries, whilst raising vital funds for the charity and hearing about the difference their contribution makes. A limited number of tickets priced at £40 will be on sale.

See below for more information.


Speakers and performers

St Cecilia 2018 Speakers and performers

Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018

Time: 11.00AM – 12.00

Where: St Paul’s Cathedral, St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD


The service is a free ticketed event; we kindly encourage guests to make a donation when booking.


This is a ticketed, invite only event from 12.15pm in a stunning location near the cathedral. A limited number of tickets priced at £40 will be on sale. Ticketholders will benefit from reserved seating in the Cathedral followed by a champagne reception and two-course, buffet lunch, with exclusive musical performances.

For more information please contact a member of the fundraising team via the details below.

Booking: Monday 17 September, 10am.

Book Now:

For more information email or call 020 7239 9114.


Christmas Cards

Each year, Help Musicians UK offers our supporters the opportunity to purchase Christmas cards. We have a wide selection of musically themed cards, including the popular Jackie Morris Christmas card and calendar. The collection will include a card dedicated to St Paul’s Cathedral titled ‘Christmas at St Paul’s’.

The full range can be purchased via the Help Musicians UK shop.


Sponsorship opportunities

This year we are delighted to offer sponsorship and advertising opportunities to organisations who wish to be associated with Help Musicians UK’s annual flagship event. With 2,000 attendees at St Paul’s Cathedral and related communications activity, our partner organisations will benefit from increased brand awareness and visibility across a large audience.

Sponsorship income will contribute to event costs enabling more funds to be channelled towards Help Musicians UK’s service and programmes, for maximum impact on our beneficiaries.


For more information please email Whitney Brown, Fundraising Events Officer at

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