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.



Next concert...


For the final concert in the 2017 Isle of Ely Arts Festival, Ely Choral Society, Ely Consort and Ely Sinfonia join forces to perform that most evocative of choral works, Beethoven’s 'Symphony no 9 in D minor'. The first ever major choral symphony, it is one of the best-known works in the classical music repertoire.


Vaughan Williams was a frequent visitor to the Fens, first as a student at Cambridge and then as a collector of English folk songs. 'In the Fen Country' magically portrays the bleak landscape and wide open spaces of East Anglia.


Finally, we are proud to be giving the world première of Andrew Parnell’s 'Fenland Images'. Reflecting this year’s Isle of Ely Festival theme of ‘The Fens’ and based on poems by local writers, it illustrates a modern-day agricultural scene, the timeless daily round of worship in St Etheldreda’s monastery and the shadowy characters who once inhabited this area.


Tickets are priced at £25, £20, £15, £8 and under 18s £5. Tickets will be available from the 15th May from the Cathedral Box Office , by calling 01353 660349, by visiting http://tickets.elycathedral.org or by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .







Future Concerts


2016/17 Season


Saturday 15th July 17 at 7:30 pm

Isle of Ely Arts Festival

Ely Cathedral

Beethoven Choral Symphony No. 9

Vaughan Williams In The Fen Country

Parnell Fenland Images (world


Ely Sinfonia

Ely Consort

Steve Bingham and

Andrew Parnell conductors


2017/18 Season


Saturday 4th November 17 at 7:30 pm

Ely Cathedral Octagon

Britten Rejoice in the Lamb

Gade Morgensang, Benedictus and


Mendelssohn Hear my  prayer

Rutter Angels Carol & Clare


Schubert C Minor Mass

Ely Choral Society & Ribe Kammerkor

(from Ely's twin city in Denmark)

Lotte Bille Glæsel and Edmund

Aldhouse organ solos

Andrew Parnell and Lotte Bille

Glæsel conductors


Saturday 9th December 17 at 7:00 pm

St. Mary's Church, Ely

Carol concert

Andrew Parnell conductor


Saturday 24th March 18 at 7:30 pm

Ely Cathedral Nave

Bach St. John Passion

Andrew Parnell conductor


Saturday 7th July 18 at 7:30 pm

2018 Isle of Ely Arts Festival

Hayward Theatre, King's Ely

Lambert The Rio Grande

Ramirez Missa Criola

Andrew Parnell conductor



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