Welcome to Ely Youth Choir


For the next generation of choral singers


Ely Youth Choir is Ely Choral Society’s community choir for 11-18 year olds. It was set up in 2010 so that the next generation of choral singers can access quality training in an after-school setting and take part in concerts and local events. There are no auditions and, currently, no fees. Membership is open to anyone in the age group who wants to sing. The choir participates in most Ely Choral Society concerts and performs at community and charity events in its own right.


The choir organised and hosted the first Ely Youth Choir Festival in April 2013, attended by singers from three youth choirs in our region, and hosted it again in 2015. Ely Youth Choir is a Founder Member of the City of Ely Council's Ely Youth Forum. In 2012 it formed the Ely Integrated Youth Choir with singers from Highfield Special School to perform at community events. In 2014 and 2015 Ely Youth Choir members took part in the Scratch Youth Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall, which was named Best Classical Music Initiative 2015 by the Music Teacher Awards For Excellence. 


The choir has been conducted by Andrew Parnell since its foundation. It is managed by a Steering Group of Ely Choral Society members and Ely Choral Society funds its core running costs. The choir’s success is attracting other financial supporters, including Soham Pumpkin Fair, Waitrose Community Matters, Cambridgeshire County Council, City of Ely Council, ADeC, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and students of Ely College.


Being in Ely Youth Choir


No auditions, no fees, just first class choral training


Singing in a group is great! If you love singing, or think you’d like to try it, come and join us! Experience is not essential. Our free weekly sessions include voice training and rehearsal for performances. The group is informal, friendly and focused on learning and performing, and the repetoire ranges from Adele to Hairspray as well as Handel. You’ll learn valuable new skills from a top professional choir trainer and have the chance to take your interest in singing to a whole new level.


We rehearse on Mondays in term time from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Rooms, St Mary’s Church, St. Mary’s Street, Ely, CB7 4HF.


For more information please contact the Choir’s administrator, Mrs Sylvia Bulley, by phone on 01353 774733 and by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


1-ely youth choir


2-ely cathedral christmas fair



3-royal albert hall


4-monteverdi vespers


5-carmina burana




    Ely Youth Choir, July 2013



Ely Youth Choir Events in 2016-17


10th October

Come And Sing (secondary school age groups)

St Mary's Church rooms, Ely

27th November

Youth Messiah

Royal Albert Hall


3rd December

Ely Choral Society Christmas Concert

St Mary's Church, Ely 19:00


26th February 2017

Ely Youth Choir

Spring Concert

19th March

Ely Youth Choir Festival

King's Ely Junior School


8th April

Ely Choral Society

Handel's "Messiah"

Ely Cathedral 19:30

2nd July


Ely Youth Choir

Summer Concert


15th July

Ely Choral Society and Ely Sinfonia

Summer Concert

Beethoven's Symphony No. 9

plus a new composition by Andrew Parnell


Please find a flyer


with these details for download.



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         Rehearsal, February 2013


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Youth Choir photos (c) 2013 Jonathan Rogers