Welcome to Ely Choral Society



Ely Choral Society is a flourishing mixed voice community 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 13 to 18s was launched with great success in 2010 and is aimed at teenagers who want to experience the fun and excitement of choral singing to public audiences.



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The 2016/17 season is a particularly busy one for Ely Choral Society. The first performances of the season will not be in the UK at all, but will be given by around 40 members of the Society who are travelling to Venice to perform two concerts consisting of a varied programme of music, including music by J.S. Bach, Tye, Rutter, Schubert, Rossini, Elgar and others. The organist for both concerts, on 28th and 29th October, will be Edmund Aldhouse and the conductor is Andrew Parnell.


On November 2nd, the whole society will be joining forces with the Ely Cathedral Octagon Singers (ECOS) for a Solemn Requiem Eucharist using the Duruflé Requiem. Duruflé was a perfectionist and composed only fourteen works with published Opus numbers during his lifetime. The piece was composed by Maurice Duruflé between 1941 and 1947 and is based on a set of organ suite themes Duruflé was composing using Gregorian chants from the Gregorian 'Mass For The Dead' and combining them with more sophisticated harmonies. The work is similar to Fauré's Requiem in strucuture in that it omits the Dies Irae from the usual Mass structure and includes additional text (Pie Jesu, Libera Me, In Paradisum), making it calmer and more meditative than many other mass settings.



The service is open to anyone and will be in Ely Cathedral, commencing at 19:30, with the mass setting interwoven through the service. The soloists will be Lucy Taylor (mezzo soprano) and Jonathan Midgley (baritone), the organist will be the director of ECOS, Edmund Aldhouse and the conductor is Andrew Parnell.


Then we will conclude the first term of the season with a concert of Advent and Christmas music. The two main items will be an Advent cantata called O Come Emmanuel, composed by Alan Bullard, and a performance of 'This Wondrous Birthday' by Dr Arthur Wills, musical director of Ely Cathedral from 1958 to 1990, to mark the composer's 90th birthday earlier this year. There will also be a selection of other seasonal carols.


The concert will take place in St. Mary's Church, Ely. The organist will be Edmund Aldhouse Tickets will be available from mid-November, with further details to follow.








Future Concerts



2016/17 Season


Venice Tour, featuring ECS members


18:00, Friday 28th October 2016

St George's Anglican Church


18:00, Saturday 29th October 2016

Church Of St Rocco


19:30, Wednesday 2nd November 2016

Ely Cathedral

Duruflé Requiem

sung liturgically

Lucy Taylor mezzo-soprano

Jonathan Midgley baritone

Ely Cathedral Octagon Singers

Edmund Aldhouse, organist


19:00, Saturday 3rd December 2016

St. Mary's Church, Ely

Bullard O Come, Emmannuel

Wills This Wondrous Birthday

plus a selection of seasonal carols

Ely Youth Choir

Edmund Aldhouse organist


19:30, Saturday 8th April 2017

Ely Cathedral

Handel Messiah

Elizabeth Rauch soprano

Helen Charlston mezzo-soprano

Oliver Martin-Smith tenor

William Gaunt bass

Ely Youth Choir

Ely Festival Orchestra

Helen Medlock leader

Edmund Aldhouse organist


19:30, Saturday 15th July 2017

Ely Cathedral

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor

Vaughan Williams In The Fen Country

Parnell New Fen commission, TBC

Ely Sinfonia

Steve Bingham conductor







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