Sunday, August 12, 2018

Delaware arrives in Ely

After a fairly uneventful journey, we all arrived in Ely at lunchtime on Saturday. Our rooms were not ready for us right away, so the hotel kindly offered a place for us to stash our luggage so we could all find a place to eat lunch. The Ely open air market was in full swing so some folks wandered down the street to try Scotch Eggs and Meat pies from one of the many street vendors, others popped into one of the local taverns near the hotel for a bite to eat, and a few brave souls wandered down to the river. Once we were all able to get into our rooms we all took a little time to freshen up, but several of us found that when we went to take a shower there was no hot water! The hotel later informed us that there was an issue with the boiler, and that it needed a part, so it was not likely to be working again until Sunday. We all took to heart the unwritten Beatitude: "Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape," and dealt with it with good humor.
We attended Evensong at the cathedral, which was beautifully sung by the Howells Voices, after which we enjoyed dinner at The Lamb.
The weather was lovely when we arrived, but the clouds have rolled in, and there has been the occasional drop of rain. It is deliciously cool, however; a nice change from the oppressive heat and humidity that we have been experiencing in Delaware lately.

The high altar in the Cathedral

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Jack Burnam
The combined choirs of Immanuel Episcopal Church in New Castle Delaware and St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Lewes Delaware, will be the choir in residence at Ely Cathedral in Ely England the week of August 13 - 19th. Our choir will be under the combined direction of Jack Burnam of Immanuel and T.J. Thomas of St. Peters. We will be accompanied by Mark Laubach of St. Stephen's Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  We will sing six Evensong services throughout the week as well as during the Sunday morning Eucharist service. Of special note is the fact that we will sing on Wednesday, August 15th in the Lady Chapel in observance of the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.
T.J. Thomas

Mark Laubach