Welcome to Ely Choral Society



Ely Choral Society is a flourishing mixed voice community 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 13 to 18s was launched with great success in 2010 and is aimed at teenagers who want to experience the fun and excitement of choral singing to public audiences.



Next concert...


Our next concert will be our main concert of the 2014/15 season, performed in the beautiful surroundings of Ely Cathedral. Ely Choral Society and the Ely Youth Choir will join forces with soloists from the Dmitri Ensemble and will be accompanied by the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble for a performance of the Vespers of 1610 by Claudio Monteverdi. The Vespers of 1610, also known as the Vespro della Beato Virgine, are regarded are of the most important pieces of music of the Baroque era and is the most ambitious work of religious music by anyone prior to J.S. Bach. The work not only presents intimate, prayerful moments within its monumental scale, but it also incorporates secular music within the performance and its individual movements present an array of musical forms - sonatamotethymn, and psalm - without losing focus. 



The concert will be accompanied by the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble. The ensemble is a virtuoso period instrument ensemble at the forefront of the early music scene. Since its formation in 1993 it has played at festivals both in the UK and internationally. The performance will also be feature soloists from the Dmitri Ensemble, including Helen Ashby and Kate Ashby (soprano), Aidan Coburn, Nicholas Scott and Stefan Kennedy (tenor) and Nicholas Mogg and William Gaunt (bass). The organ continuo will be played by Edmund Aldhouse and the concert will be conducted by Andrew Parnell. 



The concert is on Saturday 28th March at 19:30 in Ely Cathedral. Tickets will be available from early February and will be priced at £25, £20, £15, £8 and £5 for under 18s. Tickets will be available in person from the Ely Cathedral box office, by calling 01353 660349 or online from tickets.elycathedral.org.










Future Concerts



2014/15 Season



19:30, Saturday 28th March 2015

Ely Cathedral

Vespers of 1610 by Monteverdi

with Ely Youth Choir

English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble

Dimitri Ensemble soloists


19:30, Saturday 13th June 2015

Ely Cathedral

Swing concert with Cathedral choir


2015/16 Season


19:30, Saturday 26th September 2015

Ely Cathedral Lady Chapel

Mendelssohn Symphony No. 2

"Hymn Of Praise"

plus other works





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