The Ely Carol Book


The book is a 48 page, A4 selection of local carols produced by Debora Cane, a member of the Society, who has also produced a special image for the front of the book. The book has been compiled, arranged and edited by our conductor Andrew Parnell (who has also contributed four of the carols). These carols have either been composed for the Society and previously performed at our concerts or are composed by people with a close association with us, and feature both new settings and tunes for well-known words as well as brand new compositions. The list of carols contained within the book is:

  1. Adam Lay Ybounden, Andrew Parnell
  2. Amor! Quam Dulcis Est Amor! (Sweet love!), Andrew Parnell
  3. Angels, From the Realms of Glory, David Ford
  4. At the Winter Solstice (Lantern Carol). Poem by Wendy Cope, Andrew Parnell
  5. Girls and Boys, Leave Your Toys (Zither Carol), Paul Trepte
  6. I Came from Hevin Heich (Balulalow), Andrew Parnell
  7. I Sing of a Maiden, Tim Alban Jones
  8. Lully, Lulla (The Coventry Carol), Dr Arthur Wills OBE
  9. Sleep, Little Jesus, Sleep, Mark Liversidge
  10. The First Nowell, David Ford
  11. When the Herds were Watching, John Lawson Baker


Ely Choral Society’s work to promote music and singing within the local community as part of its charitable status has seen the society set up a youth choir in 2010, and is now expanding further with the publication of its first carol book. We are delighted to be able to make it available to buy via this website.

Copies of the book cost £5 each, plus a total cost of £1.95 postage and packing per order, regardless of the number of copies ordered. All proceeds are reinvested in our ongoing work to bring music to the local community through our concerts and other activities.

If you would like further information about the carol book, or would like to place an order, please email


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