St.Mary’s Church 800 anniversary celebrations 1220-2020
hope that the whole community - groups, organisations and people-
in these celebrations.
Plans so far include:
Launch – at the Tree Festival lighting up service,
Sunday December 1st 2019 at 4pm.
Also, Friday December 6th 7.30pm a Mediaeval Christmas music evening with the group Hexacordia, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.
Easter Sunday April 12th 2020
Outdoor passion or mystery play about the life of Jesus.
May 21st Ascension Day– we will host a service for the 1000 year abbey anniversary pilgrims on their way from Ely to Bury St.Edmunds
Celebration of weddings and baptisms
Weekend in June 2020 with
displays of flowers, wedding and baptism photos and gowns.
A service of thanksgiving
Also, a historical fete in the churchyard with games, activities, refreshments, competitions.
Across the centuries Historic Service
Sunday 13th September 2020,
4pm Service with Bishop Martin
celebrating 8 centuries of history and music through drama and song.
To round off our year- Friday 11th
Dec. 2020 “Let’s praise” orchestra evening of a variety of music
plans include new timeline boards, telling the stories of significant
people in the life of the church,
developing ways of enjoying and caring for Kingsway cemetery, a 800 quiz evening, stained glass window
competition, models of the church, tapestry and more….
…. Please get ready for an exciting year, starting soon.
As part of our 800 celebrations the group Hexacordia are coming on Friday Dec.6th at 7.30pm for an evening of medieval music. Ticket will be available soon
A Medieval Christmas takes you on a musical journey from the onset of winter through Christmas and into the hope of the new year to come.
The Medieval and Renaissance music that accompanies this journey comes mainly from England with a sprinkling of pieces from further across Europe.
Interspersed with readings related to the experience of winter and the Nativity, Christmas celebrations and old traditions, Hexachordia captures in music and words the joy that is to be found at this time of the year.
The Hexachordia trio (www.hexachordia.com) offers a fresh approach to early music. They recreate the instrumental flexibility that was a key feature in music-making at the time. The ability to play a number of different musical instruments along with the possession of a good singing voice was essential for professional musicians. Each of them, therefore, specialises in a range of instruments of this period, allowing them to perform a wide range of ensemble music in different instrumental and vocal combinations.