EX CATHEDRA | Ex Cathedra announces season of socially-distanced Summer Music by Candlelight concerts

As the government confirms the easing of restrictions will allow audiences to return to concert halls from next week, we are thrilled to announce a season of nine socially-distanced Summer Music by Candlelight concerts in Birmingham, Hereford, London and Wolverhampton during June.

What better way to celebrate the return of summer and the easing of restrictions, than an enchanting programme of seasonal music and readings, performed by the glow of candlelight on a long midsummer day. Audiences can enjoy glorious choral music from across the centuries inspired by birdsong, holidays, sea and sunshine.

The concerts will include music from the 13th-century round Sumer is icumen in to the world première of Liz Dilnot Johnson’s The Windhover – our fifth Dawn Chorus-inspired commission. Major items on the programme will include Britten’s Hymn to St Cecilia – the patron saint of music – and there will be some fun with an arrangement of favourite Beethoven tunes in Loving Ludwig and an evocative trip to the south of France with Trenet’s La mer.

Ex Cathedra Summer Music by Candlelight choral concert

Concerts will take place at St Peter’s Collegiate Church in Wolverhampton (Sat 5 June), Hereford Cathedral (Wed 9 June), St John’s Smith Square in London (Thu 10 June) and Symphony Hall (Sun 13 June). During July we will also perform the concert at Buxton International Festival.

Audiences worldwide will also be able to watch a recording of the Symphony Hall concert via the Idagio Global Concert Hall until the end of July, with live audiences at all venues getting free access to watch again online.

COVID safety precautions will remain in place in line with government guidelines, including distancing between booker groups, staggered arrival times, and enhanced cleaning and ventilation.

Audience distancing means venue capacities are significantly reduced, to as few as 150 people in some venues. Early booking is recommended to secure the group size you want in the area you wish to sit.

Tickets for all venues will go on general sale on Friday 14 May, 10am.

Priority booking for our Host of Angels opens on Thursday 13 May at 10am.

These concerts add to our announcement last month of Into a World Unknown, our first concert to a live audience in Birmingham since the pandemic began – at Symphony Hall on Sun 23 May, 4pm and already on sale.

Our online performance of Bach’s St John Passion also remains available to book until 6 June.

These concerts are possible thanks to support from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

Find full details and booking links here…