Thousands Enjoy Music in Bloom Flower Festival at the Cathedral
Tue, 30 September 2014
Over 10,000 people enjoyed the spectacular flower displays and live musical performances at the Music in Bloom Flower Festival which took place at St Albans Cathedral from 25th to 28th September.
Visitors saw hundreds of imaginative and dramatic flower arrangements all themed on popular music, and were entertained by musicians from around the region. Special evening events included the Gala Preview when the Festival was opened by Lady Verulam and Pollyanna Hope, Saturday night’s Jazz Picnic with music from STAJE (St Albans Jazz Ensemble) and the Abbey Girls’ Choir, and Sunday evening’s community event attended by local charities.
The Very Reverend Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans Cathedral, said, ‘This has been an amazing event. The Flower Festival has brought so many people to the Cathedral, and it has been a joy to see them dazzled by the displays and delighted by the musical performances. I am especially glad that it has attracted lots of new visitors who had no idea that the Cathedral is such a beautiful and inspiring place. We are enormously grateful to all who put so much talent and sheer hard work into the Festival, and to all who have supported it in many different ways. They deserve to bask in the glow of its success!’
Liz Semple, Chair of the Flower Festival, commented, ‘The whole Flower Festival team is thrilled at the response to our wonderful event. The Cathedral decked in flowers looked glorious, the music was delightful and the atmosphere was fantastic. We have had lots of positive feedback and our visitors have clearly felt warmly welcomed. Many have commented on the overwhelming scale and creativity of the displays and have really enjoyed the music and delicious food on offer. Our host of volunteers has worked hard to make the Festival a success and I would like personally to congratulate everyone involved.’
Funds raised by the Flower Festival will go towards the project ‘Alban, Britain’s First Saint: Telling the Whole Story.’ This is a £7 million development project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will reveal the unique place in British history of Alban and St Albans Cathedral.
All photographs © Craig Shepheard, 2014