Help Musicians UK (HMUK) is delighted to once again welcome attendees to the Festival of St Cecilia: A Celebration of Music, taking place on Wednesday 22 November at 11am at Westminster Cathedral, London SW1P 1QW.
The annual event dates back to 1946 and is famed for bringing together the choirs of Westminster Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. We are thrilled that the choirs will return to join us for the celebration to perform the premiere of an anthem by renowned composer Michael Berkeley, specially commissioned by the RVW trust.
The service will reflect on the important work of our charity and the contribution of music and musicians within this year’s theme of Equality. As we head towards our landmark centenary year, HMUK continues to develop our services and impact nationwide, providing opportunities to people from all walks of life and backgrounds. This year, as part of this commitment, HMUK have launched a new mental health campaign, Music Minds Matter and a partnership with global non-profit organisation Women in Music to promote gender equality.
Alongside a reading from HMUK’s Chairman Graham Sheffield, attendees will hear a reading from James Jolly, Editor in Chief of Gramophone magazine. Since taking the role of Editor in Chief, James continues to contribute a monthly column on downloading and new technologies to the magazine, and remains the Editor of the Classical Good CD, DVD and Download Guide. For the past four years James has co-presented a monthly ‘new releases’ instalment for XM Classics and hosted Virgin Atlantic’s classical music programme, and has co-hosted the Midem Classical Awards for the past two years.
Sally Beamish is a Scottish-based composer, viola player and pianist. She has written orchestral, vocal, solo and chamber music, as well as many stage works. Most recently, her oratorio The Judas Passion was premiered by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Saffron Walden and London, and by Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco, conducted by Nicholas McGegan, with soloists Mary Bevan, Brenden Gunnell and Roderick Williams. Her second full length ballet, the Little Mermaid, choreographed by David Nixon, is currently on tour throughout the UK with Northern Ballet. She is composer in residence with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
Finally, we are honoured to have a solo performance by internationally acclaimed trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins featuring in this year’s service. After training at the Guildhall School of Music in London, Crispian became a member of the English National Opera, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and English Chamber Orchestra. He boasts an incredibly varied career, performing with some of the world’s greatest singers including Dame Kiri te Kanawa, and John Tomlinson through to Led Zeppelin and Kate Bush, and has contributing greatly to the musical worlds of both stage and screen.
Ticket booking is now open and will close on Friday 27 October.
There are a limited number of complimentary tickets and they are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
To book your complimentary ticket go to shop.helpmusicians.org.uk