The Beatles Sergeant Pepper's song started; "It was 20 years ago today," but perhaps it should be rewritten as; "It was 50 years ago," and dedicate it to one of the world's most famous music festivals based in Wiltshire.
|Rev Graham Southgate at Edington Church|
The Edington Music Festival, held at Edington Priory Church, near Westbury, and which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, is to become even more well publicised - it's to be featured in a national BBC TV programme.
The cameras, lights, miles of cables and crew descended on the 14th century priory church in August last year, during the popular festival. They filmed a few weeks before, as the organisers prepared for the week long event, and then during the 7 days between 21st-28th August.
Hundreds of music lovers attend the festival each year, which is held in the architecturally striking priory church. Choirs from cathedrals and colleges across the British Isles, including Salisbury, go to sing at a number of individual services throughout the week. A total of 25 services take place during the festival.
The Reverend Graham Southgate, Vicar of Bratton, Edington and Imber, Coultson and Earlstoke said; "I think more people could be attracted to the festival after the TV show goes out. It will now be brought to people who don't even know where Edington is. This is very special, we have music festivals in our cathedrals but this is just a parish church, and for one week in every year it becomes the site of a great festival of 70 voices from all over the country and the world. People who've come simply to sing in our services."
|Churchwarden Joanna Robertson|
Churchwarden Joanna Robertson said; " The church comes alive during the week, it's a wonderful feeling of people coming together from all over the world, not just from Wiltshire. They come from as far as America and New Zealand for the whole week and for every service."
To find out more about the Edington Music Festival listen to Mark Jones' Sunday Breakfast Show between 8 and 9 am or click on the audio links to listen to the interviews in full.
The BBC 2 TV programme; A Passion for Churches, will be broadcast at 7.30pm on Wednesday 29th March.