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...




We will conclude the first term of the season with a concert of Advent and Christmas music. The two main items will be an Advent cantata called 'O Come Emmanuel', composed by Alan Bullard, and a performance of 'That Wondrous Birthday' by Dr Arthur Wills, musical director of Ely Cathedral from 1958 to 1990, to mark the composer's 90th birthday earlier this year. There will also be a selection of other seasonal carols.


The concert will take place in St. Mary's Church, Ely on Saturday 3rd December. The organist will be Edmund Aldhouse and the conductor is Andrew Parnell. Tickets are now available, priced £14 (free for under 18s) and they include a programme and seasonal refreshments. They are available from Burrows Bookshop in Ely (7 High Street Passage), by calling 01353 669759 or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .








Future Concerts



2016/17 Season


19:00, Saturday 3rd December 2016

St. Mary's Church, Ely

Bullard O Come, Emmanuel

Wills That Wondrous Birthday

plus a selection of seasonal carols

Ely Youth Choir

Edmund Aldhouse organist


19:30, Saturday 8th April 2017

Ely Cathedral

Handel Messiah

Elizabeth Rauch soprano

Helen Charlston mezzo-soprano

Oliver Martin-Smith tenor

William Gaunt bass

Ely Youth Choir

Ely Festival Orchestra

Helen Medlock leader

Edmund Aldhouse organist


19:30, Saturday 15th July 2017

Ely Cathedral

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor

Vaughan Williams In The Fen Country

Parnell New Fen commission, TBC

Ely Sinfonia

Steve Bingham conductor







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