Two of the city’s illustrious musical institutions are to re-join in a one-off concert to celebrate the cathedral’s 1350th anniversary of its consecration by St Wilfrid in AD672 on Saturdaty July 9.
Ripon Cathedral Choir will be joined by the prestigious St Cecilia Orchestra, originally formed in 1993 to accompany the cathedral choir and going on to perform in its own right at over 300 concerts and more than 60 venues.
Ripon Cathedral Precentor, Canon Michael Gisbourne said: “The origins of Ripon Cathedral Choir date back to AD680 when St Wilfrid introduced cantors from Canterbury Cathedral, starting a musical tradition which continues to thrive today. At this special event we rejoice in the fact that we are once again able to work with St Cecilia Orchestra, showcasing cathedral music over the centuries.”
There’ll be a varied programme of accompanied and unaccompanied classics, from Tallis’ If ye love me to Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, in the stunning setting of the cathedral nave.
Tickets for the 1350th Celebration Concert are at https://www.riponcathedral.org.uk/events/ripon-cathedral/ or the cathedral shop. Tickets are also available on the door.