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.
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.