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The 62nd Edington Music Festival

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 at 10:00 am.

The 62nd Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy takes place in the Priory Church, Edington, from Sunday 20th to Sunday 27th August.

The festival is the oldest annual festival of sacred music within the liturgy in the world.

The new Director, Richard Pinel, has chosen the nine beatitudes at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount as the framework for music and liturgy in four services a day.

Over 80 musicians, organists and choristers from Cathedral and collegiate choirs all over the UK, under the direction of three of the country’s leading choral directors – will sing sacred music illustrating the theme.

Ranging from Renaissance polyphony and plainchant, through to contemporary works including two new festival commissions.

The Wednesday evening Choral Evensong (August 23rd) will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and the Requiem Mass on Friday evening, (August 25th) will be within the framework of the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré.

There will be organ music before Evensong at 7.30 each night starting on Monday 21st with director Richard Pinel, who is an international award-winning organist as well as Director of Music at Jesus College Cambridge.

Full details about everything to do with the festival, including the music, the Festival Supper and Musical Evening on Wednesday 23rd, and about the Friends of the Priory Church lunch on Saturday 26th, can all be found on the festival’s new website, www.edingtonfestival.org