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...



The main item at the next concert is Rossini's Stabat Mater. Stabat Mater Dolorosa, often referred to as Stabat Mater, is a 13th-century Catholic hymn to Mary. It's one of the most powerful and immediate of extant medieval poems, meditating on the suffering of Mary, Jesus Christ's mother, during his crucifixion.


Rossini's composition is based on the traditional structure of the Stabat Mater for chorus and soloists, originally composing the first six movements in 1831. After a protracted copyright dispute over the work, it was complete late in his career, in 1841, after retiring from the composition of opera. Rossini divided the poem's twenty 3-line verses into ten movements and used various combinations of forces for each movement.

The other item at the concert will be Schubert's Mass No. 3 in B flat major. Schubert composed this mass setting a few months after his mass in G major, beginning on 11 November 1815. The Mass in B flat major, like its predecessor the Mass in F Major composed a year earlier and scaled for liturgical performance, similarly combines beauty with splendour. Its large orchestral component and extended orchestral interludes have been called "Haydnesque"; the latter's Nelson Mass has been cited as a particularly strong influence. References to Mozart and Bach have also been noted.

The soloists for the concert will be Elizabeth Rauch (soprano), Chloe Latchmore (mezzo-soprano), Daniel Joy (tenor) and William Gaunt (bass). The society will be accompanied by the Hertfordshire Chamber Orchestra and their leader, Stefan Bown. The organist will be Edmund Aldhouse and the conductor will be Andrew Parnell.

The concert will take place in Ely Cathedral on Saturday 19th March at 19:30. Tickets are priced £25, £20, £15 and £8 and under-18s £5. Tickets will be available from mid-January from Ely Cathedral Box Office, from the Cathedral website or by calling 01353 660349.






Future Concerts



2015/16 Season

19:30, Saturday 19th March 2016

Ely Cathedral

Rossini Stabat Mater

Schubert Mass No. 3 in B flat

Hertordshire Chamber Orchestra

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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