Welcome to InHarmony

Richard Hubbard

St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
Music Development Director

InHarmony is the cathedral’s project to resource and equip congregations, to make the very best of music in worship, whatever the tradition, size or context. With an emphasis on musical and spiritual integrity, we want to enable churches and benefices to realise their musical potential and lift hearts and hands and voices in building the kingdom of God.


A hymn for Advent


Advent Candles Tell Their Story is a hymn written by Mark Earey for churches to use during the weeks leading up to Christmas. There is a verse for each Sunday in Advent, with a final verse for Christmas Day. The idea is that you start with the first verse on the first Sunday of Advent, then add a verse each week before singing the full hymn on Christmas Day.


The tune is the well-known one usually sung to Angel Voices Ever Singing, so it’s easy to introduce this hymn to most congregations.


The InHarmony project recorded the hymn a couple of years ago using singers from churches across Suffolk, recorded during lockdown. The video is available for churches to use in services, for live-streaming, or by including the URL in newsletters and pew sheets.


You can see the full version below. Visit our Christmas Videos web page for the versions for individual Advent Sundays.

RSCM/InHarmony Choral Festival


On 9 October over 100 singers gathered at the cathedral for the first Choral Festival to be held in Suffolk for several years. The cathedral’s Director of Music Tim Parsons directed the rehearsal and service, which was led by Bishops Martin and Mike, and which also celebrated the ministry of Lay Elders across the Diocese.


The music was selected from RSCM’s Festival Service Book King of Glory, King of Peace, and included Edward Bairstow’s evocative anthem Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.


The 2023 Festival is due to take place on Sunday 8 October in Beccles.

RSCM/InHarmony Choral Festival, October 2022