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Welcome to Ely Choral Society

Ely Choral Society is a flourishing mixed voice 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 Secondary-age students was launched with great success in 2010 and is aimed at young people who want to experience the fun and excitement of choral singing to public audiences.

2021-22 CONCERT SEASON

We are excitedly looking forward to performing three concerts in Ely during the 2021-22 concert season after a year of rehearsing on Zoom and recording music on mobile phones during the Coronavirus pandemic! Our three planned concerts of live music are:

Ely Cathedral Saturday 6th November 2021 at 8 pm. The programme, ‘I was Glad’ with Rebecca Duckworth as soloist, Glen Dempsey organ and conducted by Andrew Parnell will be a celebration of popular choral classics to remind us all of the joys of choral singing!

Ely Cathedral Saturday 9th April 2022 at 7:30 pm. To mark the 20th anniversary of Andrew Parnell as Music Director of Ely Choral Society we will perform ‘Ein Deutsches Requiem’ by Johannes Brahms and a first performance of ‘Alpha and Omega’ by Andrew Parnell, commissioned by the choral society to mark the occasion.

Hayward Theatre, Kings Ely Sunday 10th July 2022 at 6:00 pm. The programme for ‘A Summer Serenade’ will be a selection of summer music by Elgar, Delius, Vaughan Williams and Lennon and McCartney and will feature Ely Choral Society, the Ely Youth Choir, the Medlock String Quartet and John Wyatt piano, and will be conducted by Andrew Parnell.

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The 2020-21 concert season was like no other because of the pandemic! However, we managed to keep singing by replacing our normal rehearsals each Monday by rehearsals on Zoom. We also created a small Ely Choral Society Virtual Choir by making some video recordings on our mobile phones to remind ourselves of singing in a choir as you can hear by clicking on the following YouTube links:

https://youtu.be/SOmUXaN0fWY

https://youtu.be/JbZ7V-VC_Oc

https://youtu.be/7wOJTNsWtw8

https://youtu.be/jF03GEveC0E

We offer grateful thanks to our Musical Director, Andrew Parnell, for keeping the choir alive during this period as a master of Zoom by managing to play the keyboard, conduct, cajole and act as an entertaining raconteur for the whole evening!

Welcome to Ely Choral Society

Ely Choral Society is a flourishing mixed voice 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 Secondary-age students was launched with great success in 2010 and is aimed at young people who want to experience the fun and excitement of choral singing to public audiences.

2021-22 CONCERT SEASON

We are excitedly looking forward to performing three concerts in Ely during the 2021-22 concert season after a year of rehearsing on Zoom and recording music on mobile phones during the Coronavirus pandemic! Our three planned concerts of live music are:

Ely Cathedral Saturday 6th November 2021 at 8 pm. The programme, ‘I was Glad’ with Rebecca Duckworth as soloist, Glen Dempsey organ and conducted by Andrew Parnell will be a celebration of popular choral classics to remind us all of the joys of choral singing!

Ely Cathedral Saturday 9th April 2022 at 7:30 pm. To mark the 20th anniversary of Andrew Parnell as Music Director of Ely Choral Society we will perform ‘Ein Deutsches Requiem’ by Johannes Brahms and a first performance of ‘Alpha and Omega’ by Andrew Parnell, commissioned by the choral society to mark the occasion.

Hayward Theatre, Kings Ely Saturday 10th July 2022 at 6:00 pm. The programme for ‘A Summer Serenade’ will be a selection of summer music by Elgar, Delius, Vaughan Williams and Lennon and McCartney and will feature Ely Choral Society, the Ely Youth Choir, the Medlock String Quartet and John Wyatt piano, and will be conducted by Andrew Parnell.

The 2020-21 concert season was like no other because of the pandemic! However, we managed to keep singing by replacing our normal rehearsals each Monday by rehearsals on Zoom. We also created a small Ely Choral Society Virtual Choir by making some video recordings on our mobile phones to remind ourselves of singing in a choir as you can hear by clicking on the following YouTube links:

https://youtu.be/SOmUXaN0fWY

https://youtu.be/JbZ7V-VC_Oc

https://youtu.be/7wOJTNsWtw8

https://youtu.be/jF03GEveC0E

We offer grateful thanks to our Musical Director, Andrew Parnell, for keeping the choir alive during this period as a master of Zoom by managing to play the keyboard, conduct, cajole and act as an entertaining raconteur for the whole evening!