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.