Elizabethan Pageant

Cambridge Elizabethan Concert & Pageant Film

Historyworks was commissioned by Great St Mary's, University of Cambridge, to capture the Elizabethan Pageant and Procession. Also, a Service of Evensong at King's College Chapel on the occasion of the visit of Queen Elizabeth I which occurred 450 years ago.

Do see our short film capturing the procession for the Elizabethan progress re-enactment:

Please also find our short slide show capturing the highlights of the Elizabethan Pageant & the audience for the Cambridge Heritage Open Day festivities organized by Great St Mary's Heritage Officer who commissioned Historyworks to capture events on film:


If you would like to see all 300+ of our flickr photos at Historyworks showing the Elizabethan Pageant on King's Parade and Trinity Street, within St John's College, Great St Mary's and  King's Chapel, please find them here:



Concert with the Passamezzo ensemble for a collection of ballads, readings, madrigals, lutesongs, dance melodies and consort music from sixteenth and seventeenth-century England, inspired by nature and in particular summertime and the harvest. 

The musicians were in Elizabethan costume and Queen Elizabeth I reenactor made a fittingly magesterial appearance during the evening, in advance of her official royal visit to Cambridge on Saturday 13 September.

2014 is the 450th anniversary of the Queen’s only trip to Cambridge, which was marked by music, pageantry and celebrations.?? The concert programme includes music by Cavendish, Bennet, Greene, East, Johnson, Pilkington, Purcell and Robinson, and words by Breton, Herrick, Nashe and Shakespeare.

Elizabethan Extravaganza Saturday 13 September with pageant procession from 1.30pm to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Elizabeth I’s royal visit to Cambridge - music all afternooon!

At 1.30pm the Virgin Queen will arrive and invite her loyal subjects to join the parade of time-travelling Elizabethans as they walk through the centre of Cambridge. The royal procession will visit historic colleges and enjoy music, dance and the day will end with a special evensong in King’s College Chapel. See the route and timetable below.

The whole pageant is free and has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is one of the highlights of this year’s Open Cambridge, a special weekend in September when Cambridge unlocks its secrets and welcomes you through the doors of some of its most beautiful and intriguing places. 

§  11am-1.30pm: Tudor crafts, baking and market traders at Great St Mary’s.

§  1.30pm: Meet the Queen as she emerges from Great St Mary’s with a fanfare and visits the Tudor market. Follow the parade to St John’s College along Trinity Street.

§  2pm: Follow the parade to St John’s College along Trinity Street.

§  2.30pm: The procession arrives at St John’s to hear about Elizabeth’s great-grandmother in the chapel, or visit the Old Library to see the exhibition of Tudor treasures.

§  3.15pm: Fanfare and speech about Elizabeth’s illustrious father, Henry VIII, at Trinity Great Gate. The procession returns to Great St Mary’s and market square.

§  3.45pm: Elizabeth meets the mayor, Cllr Gerri Bird at the Guildhall.

§  4pm: The royal party arrives at King’s College gates and walks to the Chapel, where visitors can enter this magnificent building free of charge with the Queen as she is greeted by organ music and a special sung evensong.

§  5.15pm: The Queen departs to her lodgings and says goodbye to her subjects at King’s College Chapel.

Elizabethan Pageant