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Abbey 900 Digital: Henry I - Built for the body and the soul of a King

A new song from Ma Bessie

Premiering Fri 4 Jun, 19:00

2021 marks 900 years since the foundation of Reading Abbey, once one of Europe’s largest royal monasteries, by King Henry I. To mark the anniversary, applications were invited from creatives of all ages across Reading to produce digital artistic content to celebrate the Abbey from 1121 to present day.

Ma Bessie has created an original song which follows Henry I, his progression to the throne, the establishment of the Abbey and his death. Allow yourself to be carried away by Ma Bessie’s dulcet tones and catchy tunes to a time 900 years ago. This is not the first time the Abbey Ruins has inspired music but it is most certainly the most recent!