ACOUSTIC TRIANGLE 2005 TOUR
ELY CATHEDRAL, CAMBRIDGESHIRE
The magnificent Cathedral at Ely, in the heart of fenland, boasts the
most impressive early-Norman nave in England. The Norman structure was
built between 1083 and 1130, replacing two earlier churches. The great
West end with its soaring square tower was completed by of the 12th
Century, although a large section on its North side collapsed in the
15th Century. The fine Eastern arm of the Cathedral took shape in the
early 13th Century.
In 1322 the great central tower collapsed, and it was then that one of
the finest achievements in woodwork was created in the form of the
magnificent octagonal lantern over the crossing. The Royal master
carpenter at the time was William Hurley, and he devised a clever system
of hammer-beam trusses and ring beams to create the spectacular and
somehow gravity-defying roof for the lantern, which is still the most
impressive part of the Cathedral.
Acoustic Triangle's hour-long lunchtime concert is part of a regular
series which takes place directly underneath the great lantern in the
middle of the Cathedral. There is no charge for admission.
The trio will be conducting workshops in the Cathedral, for students at
nearby King's School, either side of the concert. Members of the public
are welcome to come and listen.
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