An East Anglian Interlude

East Anglia is an area that is not visited all that often by American groups but it contains some of England's finest choral venues - in particular the Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral. This is a tour that Richardson and Gray operated for an adult Episcopal church choir from Virginia in 1999. It shows the rehearsal and concert times as we arranged.

The group members had mostly visited Britain before so we were able to avoid the more crowded "must see" sights. To accommodate those who had not visited Britain before, we arranged for a free day where they could go to London.

A good time was had by all.

Day 1 Depart the USA for London

OVERNIGHT ON THE FLIGHT

Day 2 Arrive in London, bus transfer to Ely.

Remainder of day to recuperate in Ely

EIGHT NIGHTS IN ELY

Day 3 Wednesday Day trip to Bury St. Edmunds (Market day)

Guided walking tour of the Abbey ruins (Important pilgrimage destination during the Middle Ages).

Rehearsal in St Edmundsbury Cathedral at 12 immediately after the 11.00am service finishes.

1.00pm concert in St. Edmundsbury Cathedral

Day 4 Day trip to Cambridge with return to Ely after dinner.

Walking tour of Cambridge with specialist guide. Opportunity to attend Evensong at King’s College Chapel.

Dinner in Cambridge at leisure

Day 5 Remain in Ely

Guided Tour of Ely Cathedral at 1.15pm after Concert

Rehearsal at 11.00am in the Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral

12.30pm concert in the Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral

Day 6 Day trip to Lavenham with am tour of Constable Country

Coach Tour of Constable Country with stops. Walking tour of Lavenham.with local guide

4.00 rehearsal in Lavenham Parish Church

5.30pm Evensong in Lavenham Parish Church

Dinner in Lavenham

Day 7 Free Day in Ely

Day 8 Day trip to Oxford

Walking tour of Oxford including guided tour of Christ Church.

4.30 rehearsal in Christ Church College Chapel

6.00pm Evensongin Christ Church College Chapel

Dinner in Oxford at leisure

Day 9 Day trip to Norwich

Rehearsal in Norwich Cathedral just after 11.00

Concert in Norwich Cathedral at 1.00pm

Day 10 Transfer to airport for flight back to the USA