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 next concert of the season in 2015/16 will be our annual Christmas concert on Saturday 5th December 2015. This year, the first half of the concert will consist of a performance of J.S. Bach's Magnificat.
In early December, amongst the hype of a commercial Christmas, thoughts can be directed towards that first Christmas in Bethlehem. The story starts with Mary, who expressed her joy at being chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus, to her cousin Elizabeth in the Magnificat. Throughout the church’s history, this ‘song’ has been central to daily worship as said or sung in churches and cathedrals everywhere.J S Bach’s splendid setting of the Magnificat was his first composition in Latin after taking up the post of Kantor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig. For a performance at Christmas, he inserted special settings of seasonal hymns. Two of these will be included at the concert on 5th December.
The second half of the concert will include a selection of carols for both choir and audience. This will include carols taken from the Ely Carol Book, the society's own publication, by local composers including Keith Bennett, David Ford and Mark Liversidge, as well as a selection of other well known carols.