The Anglican Singers Residency at
Ely Cathedral, Ely, England
July 20-28, 2014
Ely, England - Stands above the River Ouse on a bluff which was formerly an island, accessible only by boat or causeway until the fens were drained in the 17th and 18th century. It was the scene of Hereward's resistance to William the conqueror. A quiet oasis away from the hustle and bustle of modern city life. Around the precincts of the cathedral are the houses of the Kings School founded by Henry VIII. Nearby is the Bishop's Palace and St. Mary's Church, in the vicarage of which lived Oliver Cromwell and his family from 1636-1647.
Ely Cathedral - Ely Cathedral (formally, The Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Ely) is the principal church of the Diocese of Ely, in Cambridgeshire, England, and is the seat of the Bishop of Ely. The cathedral was founded by St. Etheldreda in 673 AD but work on the present building did not commence until the appointment of Abbot Simeon in 1081. It is only on entering the cathedral that the length of the nave becomes apparent (537 ft.) with a wonderful painted wooden ceiling 72 ft. high. Conceived by Alan Walsingham over 600 years ago, the effect of its design with its beautiful fan vaulting and delicate tracery makes it one of the highlights of English architecture. The chapels which surround the extension contain some of the most elaborate and extraordinary carvings to be seen in England. The cathedral Octagon and Lantern with its forty panels of angels of beautifully painted Victorian angels is breathtakingly unique in all of England.
The Lamb Hotel - Our "Home away from Home" and only a five minute walk to the cathedral!
Burghley House - The largest and grandest house of the first Elizabethan age. Built between 1565 and 1587 by William Cecil. The house is still a family home yet full of superb paintings and antiques. the art collection is one of the most impressive 17th century Italian painting collections in the world, with over 300 works on display. Also included are works by Gainsborough, Kneller, and Lawrence. Public areas include access to over 18 state rooms filled with superb porcelain from all over Europe and a collection of early Japanese ceramics, together with furniture of the highest quality, including a bed once used by Queen Victoria.
Cambridge - One of the most important and beautiful towns, not only in East Anglia, but also in Britain and even Europe. The quality of those belonging to the University and the particular atmosphere caused by the felicitous combination of the river Cam and gardens have given the city a place in the itinerary of most every visitor to England. Cambridge University is the home to over twenty colleges, including the famous King's College founded in 1441 and the Cavendish Laboratory where the nature of DNA was discovered in 1953.
Norwich - A beautiful city and capital of Norfolk. The city developed around a large double bend in the River Wensum. After the Norman conquest of the area the large cathedral was built (originally as a Abbey) and remains a focal point of the city to the present day. The cathedral is the only surviving example of Norman priory architecture in England today.