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Upcoming concerts

The Music Makers

13th April 2019, 19:30, Ely Cathedral

Our next concert ‘The Music Makers’ will be on Saturday 13th April 2019 in Ely Cathedral at 7:30 pm. This spring concert juxtaposes three highly distinctive pieces: Poulenc’s Gloria, Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody and Elgar’s The Music Makers.

Poulenc’s Gloria is a captivatingly original setting for soprano solo, chorus and orchestra, in which the composer is adept at expressing the text in his music; sometimes it is poignant and lyrical, and at others, spiky and rhythmically vital. Forget Vivaldi’s setting of this text: this is imaginative, individual and infectious.

The Alto Rhapsody by Brahms is a rarely performed smaller-scale work, for alto solo, male-voice choir and orchestra on a text by Goethe. Here are the intensity and sonority always expected of Brahms, providing a contrast with the more symphonic outer works in this programme.

Elgar’s The Music Makers is the most famous setting of Arthur O’Shaughnessy’s poem, scored for mezzo-soprano solo, choir and orchestra. Listening to what must be one of the most popular of Elgar’s choral output, you can enjoy spotting the composer’s references to half a dozen of his best known works, including Enigma Variations and The Dream of Gerontius, as well as The Marseillaise!

To make this a night out to remember, Ely’s largest choir is joined by two fabulous soloists, Elenor Bowers-Jolley soprano and Stephanie Windsor-Lewis mezzo- soprano and is accompanied by a large orchestra, courtesy of the remarkable Medlock Players (led by Helen Medlock). The concert will be conducted by Andrew Parnell.

Tickets are available from Ely Cathedral Box Office

An English Celebration

29th June 2019, 19:30, Wymondham Abbey

We join forces with Wymondham Symphony Orchestra in a celebration of English music:

Give unto the Lord Elgar

Clarinet Concerto Finzi

Fenland Images Parnell

Enigma Variations Elgar

Wymondham Symphony Orchestra and Ely Choral Society

Koren Wilmer clarinet

Conducted by Andrew Parnell

A Night at the Opera

13th July 2019, 19:30, Hayward Theatre, King’s Ely

The final concert of 2019 Isle of Ely Arts Festival

A sparkling evening of great music from the operatic stage – choruses, arias and ensembles by Bizet, Borodin, Mascagni, Mozart, Rossini and Verdi.

Rebecca Duckworth Soprano

Tara Bungard Soprano

Mark Hounsell Tenor

Maurice Hodges Piano

Ely Choral Society and Ely Youth Choir

Conducted by Andrew Parnell