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.



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Our first concert of the season in 2015/16 will be slightly earlier than usual and will be centred around the music of Felix Mendelssohn. The main work of the programme will his Hymn Of Praise, composed in 1840. The work in full as composed became Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2, although in this version the opening three movement sinfonia is omitted. Many of the movements are performed individually as well as in this collection, but the most famous part of the work is probably the soprano duet and chorus movement "I waited for the Lord."



Additionally, we will be performing three short works taken from Mendelssohn's Sechs Spruche, or Six Motets, each of which relates to a specific event in the church calendar (Advent, Christmas, New Year's Day, Passiontide, Good Friday and Ascension Day). They were composed partly while he was the musical director at the court of the king of Prussia in Berlin and were the result of a special commission of King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. The works are eight part unaccompanied choral pieces and each ends with "Hallelujah!"



The final work making up the concert, which will act as a counterpoint to the Mendelssohn works being performed, is Sir Philip Ledger's Requiem - A Thanksgiving For Life. While well known for his settings of both Christmas carols and This Joyful Eastertide, the requiem was his largest scale work. The Requiem consists of Latin movements interspersed with settings of some wonderful poems by the mystical English poet, Thomas Traherne.



The concert is on Saturday 26th September at 19:30 in the magnificent setting under the Octagon in Ely Cathedral. The soloists will be Rebecca Duckworth (soprano), Alison Summers (soprano) and Mark Hounsell. The organist will be Edmund Aldhouse and the conductor will be Andrew Parnell. Tickets are now available in person at Ely Cathedral box office, by calling 01353 660149, by e-mailing  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or by visiting the Ely Cathedral ticket website.







Future Concerts



2015/16 Season


19:30, Saturday 26th September 2015

Ely Cathedral Lady Chapel


Symphony No.2 "Hymn Of Praise"

Three Anthems from Op 79

Philip Ledger

Requiem - A Thanksgiving For Life

Organ Solo - Edmund Aldhouse

19:00, Saturday 5th December 2015

St. Mary's Church, Ely

J.S. Bach

Christmas Magnificat in E Flat

plus seasonal works for choir and audience

19:30, Saturday 19th March 2016

Ely Cathedral

Rossini Stabat Mater

Schubert Mass No. 3 in B flat

19:30, Saturday 9th July 2016

Hayward Theatre, King's School, Ely

Orff Carmina Burana

Jonathan Dove Arion and the Dolphin

Ely Youth Choir, pianos and percussion



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