Location - The Abbey
The Festival of St Cecilia service was held at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday 20th November at 11.00 am. The Festival of St Cecilia, a Musicians Benevolent Fund annual event, is a celebration of the Patron Saint of Music and Musicians. The festival has been held in London each year since 1946, on the Wednesday nearest to St Cecilia’s Day, 22 November. The 2013 Festival will mark the centenary of composer Benjamin Britten’s birth.
The festival service rotates between Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Cathedral. The music is sung by the combined choirs of the three churches and a new anthem is specially commissioned each year. This year’s anthem was Robin Holloway’s On the Drop of Dew. The Service was lead by The Revd Lucy Winkett, the Rector of St. James's Piccadilly. Readers were the renowned singers and interpreters of Britten, Dame Janet Baker and Ian Bostridge. The service also featured a robed procession by the City Livery Companies.