Festival of St Cecilia: Livestreamed Today

Festival of St Cecilia: Livestreamed today 11am Wed 18 November

Musician’s Charity and the Cathedral Music Trust is live streaming a concert today to mark the patron saint of music, St Cecilia and raise awareness of hardship musicians are facing in the pandemic.

Help Musicians’ annual Festival of St Cecilia

Musicians’ charity Help Musicians hosts an annual celebration of St Cecilia, which usually takes part at Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral or Westminster Cathedral, and features their great choirs and other wonderful musicians and guests.

For 2020, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the celebration is still going ahead – but online.

Watch and listen online at 11 am, today 18th November. Click here.

And this year, the charity is partnering with Cathedral Music Trust, which supports cathedrals and choral music in the UK and beyond.

There will be performances by Westminster Cathedral Choir, Gloucester Cathedral Choir and British soprano Natalya Romaniw, as well as appearances from composer and conductor John Rutter, Help Musicians ambassador Isata Kanneh-Mason, and president of Cathedral Music Trust, Harry Christophers.

The celebratory concert will be streamed on Help Musicians’ website, here, at 11am GMT on Wednesday 18 November, and will be available to stream online on demand afterwards. Viewers and music lovers are encouraged to donate to the charity at this incredibly difficult time for musicians.

“We hope that in a time of further lockdown and restrictions, that music lovers right across the UK will join us to reflect on the role that music has in our lives, and the value musicians bring to us all.

“2020 is turning out to be one of the most difficult years that musicians have had to face, with tens of thousands seeking support. This event will also therefore raise much needed funds for Help Musicians and The Cathedral Music Trust.”

Help Musicians and Cathedral Music Trust’s Festival of St Cecilia 2020 streams at 11am on Wednesday 18 November.

Visit www.helpmusicians.org.uk/FOSC20 to find out more, watch and donate.