Rehearsals are held on Monday each week between 7.30pm and 9.30pm in St. John’s School, Ely.


Once a month there is a social group serving a variety of teas and coffees, as well as delicious home made cakes, in the staffroom at school. Members are welcome any time from 18:45 until the start of the rehearsal to join us to chat over a drink and a cake - the drink and the cake are optional as long as you fancy a chat! Dates of these groups are listed in the rehearsal schedule to the right.


Some of the members also meet informally after practice and share a drink (and an optional sandwich) at the Prince Albert pub on Silver Street. Anyone from the Society is welcome to join that group as and when they can, no regular commitment is required. Please contact the webmaster Mark Liversidge on the Contacts page if you would like to come to this but transport is an issue.


There is also a rehearsal on the morning or afternoon on the day of each concert, again listed on the rehearsal scheule. Attendance on the day of the concert rehearsal with the orchestra is obligatory.


To ensure the highest quality of performance members should try to attend all rehearsals. For unavoidable absences you should inform your voice representative or a member of the committee of your absence. Members who have not attended sufficient rehearsals will not be permitted to sing in the concerts; anyone with any concens over their ability to sing a specific concert based on attendance should speak to the conductor Andrew Parnell.


Voice Representatives


Soprano: Anita Menon-Harding

Alto: Currently vacant

Men’s Voices: Roger Hill



Rehearsal files


Beethoven's 9th Symphony



Learn Choral Music


Phonetic Pronunciation Guide





Rehearsals Membership Workshops





Rehearsal Dates 2016-17


All rehearsals are on Mondays in St. John's School, Ely at 7.30 pm, unless otherwise indicated.




24         Beethoven/Parnell - Coffee, Cake and Chat at 18:45

             in the Staffroom




1           Beethoven/Parnell

8           Beethoven/Parnell - Coffee, Cake and Chat at 18:45

             in the Staffroom

15         Beethoven/Parnell

22         Beethoven/Parnell

29         No rehearsal




5          Beethoven/Parnell

12        Beethoven/Parnell - Coffee, Cake and Chat at 18:45

            in the Staffroom

19        Beethoven/Parnell

26        Beethoven/Parnell




2          Beethoven - with Orchestra, Arkenstall Centre,

              7 Station Road, Haddenham 2 pm - 4:15 pm

3          Beethoven/Parnell

10        Parnell - with Orchestra

              Soham Village College, Beechurst Hall 7:30 pm

15        Rehearsal, Ely Cathedral 1:45 pm to 4:15 pm

            Concert, Ely Cathedral 7:30 pm