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Welcome to Ely Choral Society

Ely Choral Society is a flourishing mixed voice choir conducted by Andrew Parnell, one of the UK’s foremost choral conductors.

Concerts are held in Ely Cathedral and other venues locally with professional soloists and orchestras, together with musicians from the Ely and Cambridge area.

The Ely Youth Choir for Secondary-age students was launched with great success in 2010 and is aimed at young people who want to experience the fun and excitement of choral singing to public audiences.

2023-24 CONCERT SEASON

We are excitedly looking forward to performing four concerts in Ely during the 2023-24 concert season.

At Ely Cathedral on Saturday 21st October 2023 at 7:30 pm we will perform Vivaldi’s Gloria and the Mass in D by Dvořák. Our soloists will be Rebecca Duckworth soprano, Lynette Alcantara mezzo-soprano, Sam Madden tenor, Jonathan Midgley bass and Glen Dempsey organ. An organ solo and Etheldreda from ‘Fenland Images’ by Parnell complete the programme.  The concert will be conducted by Andrew Parnell.

Our Christmas Concert, ‘Carols for All’, will be in the Ely Cathedral Presbytery on Saturday 16th December 2023 at 7:30 pm. We will sing a traditional programme of music for the festive season, which also includes carols for choirs and audience. The concert will be conducted by Andrew Parnell.

On Saturday 20th April 2024 we will sing Bach’s Magnificat and Haydn’s Nelson Mass in Ely Cathedral. Our soloists will be Charlotte Kennedy soprano, Bethan Terry soprano, Lexie Moon mezzo-soprano, Jacob Cole tenor, Ed Birchinall bass and Glen Dempsey organ continuo, with support from the Josephine Baker Trust. The concert will be conducted by Andrew Parnell.

Our Summer Concert will be on Saturday 13th July 2024 in St. Mary’s Church, Ely. Great Choral Classics’ will be miscellany of sacred and secular music by Brahms, Bruckner, Fauré, Handel, Haydn, Parry, Bairstow, Rutter and Stainer. With Ely Youth Choir and Glen Dempsey accompanist. The concert will be conducted by Andrew Parnell.

Tickets for concerts in Ely Cathedral will be on sale from the Ely Cathedral Box Office and at www.elycathedral.org/events and on the Concerts page for other venues.

This year sees a complete return to our standard concert programmes following the end of the pandemic and we are looking forward to it enormously. During the pandemic we created a small Ely Choral Society Virtual Choir by making some video recordings on our mobile phones. Before it all becomes a distant memory you can still hear our virtual choir by clicking on the following YouTube links:

https://youtu.be/SOmUXaN0fWY

https://youtu.be/JbZ7V-VC_Oc

https://youtu.be/7wOJTNsWtw8

https://youtu.be/jF03GEveC0E

Welcome to Ely Choral Society

Ely Choral Society is a flourishing mixed voice choir conducted by Andrew Parnell, one of the UK’s foremost choral conductors.

Concerts are held in Ely Cathedral and other venues locally with professional soloists and orchestras, together with musicians from the Ely and Cambridge area.

The Ely Youth Choir for Secondary-age students was launched with great success in 2010 and is aimed at young people who want to experience the fun and excitement of choral singing to public audiences.

2023-24 CONCERT SEASON

We are excitedly looking forward to performing four concerts in Ely during the 2023-24 concert season.

At Ely Cathedral on Saturday 21st October 2023 at 7:30 pm we will perform Vivaldi’s Gloria and the Mass in D by Dvořák. Our soloists will be Rebecca Duckworth soprano, Lynette Alcantara mezzo-soprano, Sam Madden tenor, Jonathan Midgley bass and Glen Dempsey organ. An organ solo and Etheldreda from ‘Fenland Images’ by Parnell complete the programme.  The concert will be conducted by Andrew Parnell.

Our Christmas Concert, ‘Carols for All’, will be in the Ely Cathedral Presbytery on Saturday 16th December 2023 at 7:30 pm. We will sing a traditional programme of music for the festive season, which also includes carols for choirs and audience. The concert will be conducted by Andrew Parnell.

On Saturday 20th April 2024 we will sing Bach’s Magnificat and Haydn’s Nelson Mass in Ely Cathedral. Our soloists will be Charlotte Kennedy soprano, Bethan Terry soprano, Lexie Moon mezzo-soprano, Jacob Cole tenor, Ed Birchinall bass and Glen Dempsey organ continuo, with support from the Josephine Baker Trust. The concert will be conducted by Andrew Parnell.

Our Summer Concert will be on Saturday 13th July 2024 in St. Mary’s Church, Ely. Great Choral Classics’ will be miscellany of sacred and secular music by Brahms, Bruckner, Fauré, Handel, Parry, Bairstow, Rutter and Stainer. With Ely Youth Choir and Glen Dempsey accompanist. The concert will be conducted by Andrew Parnell.

Tickets for concerts in Ely Cathedral will be on sale from the Ely Cathedral Box Office and at www.elycathedral.org/events and on the Concerts page for other venues.

This year sees a complete return to our standard concert programmes following the end of the pandemic and we are looking forward to it enormously. During the pandemic we created a small Ely Choral Society Virtual Choir by making some video recordings on our mobile phones. Before it all becomes a distant memory you can still hear our virtual choir by clicking on the following YouTube links:

https://youtu.be/SOmUXaN0fWY

https://youtu.be/JbZ7V-VC_Oc

https://youtu.be/7wOJTNsWtw8

https://youtu.be/jF03GEveC0E