Flower festival – Music in Bloom – come and be part of it!
The Cathedral’s Flower Festival, Music in Bloom, this autumn invites participation from all over the diocese and promises to be a spectacular event, full of fun and memorable experiences for all ages. Come and be part of it! The choice of its title “Music in Bloom” brings together two strands of Abbey life with broad appeal: music and flowers.
Over four days in September 2014 music will be brought to life through flowers and props in more than 400 arrangements of all sizes and colours: well-known hymns, classical pieces, pop songs, nursery rhymes and show tunes.
And as people explore the building, music will enhance the festive atmosphere.
Underpinning the Festival will be the warmth and friendliness of the Abbey’s hospitality to friends and strangers alike.
It is more than a decade since the last Flower Festival but the enthusiasm of participants still abounds. Churches and Flower Clubs across the city and diocese are involved and Abbey groups and staff are flexing their arranging muscles, while the Textile Group prepares to exhibit their craftsmanship. Local primary schools will be creating almost 100 “miniature scenes” of nursery rhymes. Musicians of differing genres have readily offered time and talents to help put on a fantastic show.
On entering the West End of the Cathedral the powerful architecture of the Nave will be softened by flowers, a foretaste of what lies ahead. As you move around, music-makers will entertain you. Welcomers and stewards will be on hand to greet, guide and assist, and resting places will be provided. Refreshments will be available in a Festival Marquee as well as in the Abbot’s Kitchen, and both Shop and Bookstall will be well stocked. Flower arranging workshops are on offer.
Importantly, daytime visits provide opportunities to take part in the Abbey’s pattern of liturgy and worship, and Evensong will be accompanied by both flowers and the uplifting worship of choirs and organ.
Evening – Gala Preview Wednesday 24th September
This event will open the Festival in style. Be among the first to see an Abbey, transformed with lights, sights and sounds. Explore patterns and shadows of architecture and flowers, and enjoy wine and canapés, while being treated to a range of classical and light musical pieces performed by the winners of the St Albans Young Musicians Competition 2014.
Jazz Picnic – Saturday 27th September
This promises to be a relaxed and sociable opportunity to picnic amidst flowers and music and explore floral displays throughout the building. Showcasing their music will be the Abbey Girls Choir and STAJE (St Albans Jazz Ensemble) whose repertoire ranges from Sinatra-style swing to Jazz Funk. A rug and picnic – plus family and friends are all that is required to enjoy ths event. A bar is available.
At the heart of the Flower Festival is a chance to thank God, celebrate gifts and talents and unite people as they work and share together. It is an opportunity to welcome local and regional communities, witnessing through our care and openness.
It is also hoped to raise funds for the Abbey’s major development project to help conserve the heritage of the Abbey, improve the welcome and facilities, and continue to bring Alban’s story and our faith to more people.
• Choose events that appeal, and buy your tickets early
• Spread the word
• Book a date with family and friends to enjoy the Festival together: it’s easy entertainment and in a good cause. (it’s the same week as the St Albans CAMRA and Food and Drink Festivals.)
• Children, their parents and young people are needed to create scarecrow “musicians”.
• Make a donation – of any amount: contact Helen Gray 01727 890229 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
You can book tickets in the Cathedral Gift Shop, online at http://www.stalbanscathedral.org or call 01727 890290.
To distribute leaflets and posters contact email@example.com or call 01727 890204.