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Welcome to Ely Choral Society

Ely Choral Society is a flourishing mixed voice 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 Secondary-age students was launched with great success in 2010 and is aimed at young people who want to experience the fun and excitement of choral singing to public audiences.

2020-21 CONCERT SEASON

There are of course many uncertainties surrounding Ely Choral Society’s 2020-21 Concert Season owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and it is unlikely that our large choir will be able to meet in person for a little while. So, we are replacing our normal rehearsals each Monday this term by rehearsals on Zoom.

We tried rehearsing on Zoom during the summer term and whilst it is not for everyone we were amazed at the enjoyment to be had purely by being able to keep singing and see all our friends each week! Some of us also also experimented by making two short video recordings by singing alone into our mobile phones or computers and then by the use of some clever technology melding our voices into a virtual choir. You can see and hear the Ely Choral Soceity virtual choir conducted by our Musical Director Andrew Parnell here by clicking on on the following YouTube links:

‘O thou that tellest good tidings’ from Handel’s Messiah

‘Creation’s Hymn’ Beethoven

Whilst none of us can predict the course of the pandemic we still have a plan to sing Verdi’s Requiem on March 31st 2021 and to sing in the Isle of Ely Arts Festival concert with Ely Sinfonia on 10th July 2021, both in Ely Cathedral.

In the meantime you are welcome to join us in our Zoom rehearsals during which up to 50 of our members have been taking part each week. Have a look at what some of them said after the Zoom rehearsals during the summer!

“Rehearsals were fun and fulfilling. Great to see others in the choir. More of same!”

“I found the online rehearsals  – although a bit daunting and inhibited at first – were surprisingly fun and enjoyable, and Andrew’s amazing ability to run the rehearsals almost as normal and to make us just get on with it as though we were in the hall together, made it immediately more relaxing and reassuring.”

“Andrew’s conducting/playing/leadership was great – really felt like he was listening to me/us and knew which bits were going wrong/needed help! It was refreshing to rehearse sitting in the comfort of my own home, and to be able to clearly hear and focus on my own voice. For the recording, the effort spent in producing the click tracks was greatly appreciated and really helped. Generally, it was good to know that the choir still existed, with the zoom rehearsals providing some welcome normality and escape during lock-down.”

 

“Since I’m muted I can have a keyboard/piano to hand, and play my part as I’m singing or practice when Andrew is working with other sections. This made a big difference and it definitely helped my singing! Recording was strange (and a bit uncomfortable) but worth it. I don’t know what other concert alternatives are out there!”

Welcome to Ely Choral Society                                                                                                                                               Ely Choral Society is a flourishing mixed voice 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 11 to 18s was launched with great success in 2010 and is aimed at young people who want to experience the fun and excitement of choral singing to public audiences.

2020-21 CONCERT SEASON

There are of course many uncertainties surrounding Ely Choral Society’s 2020-21 Concert Season owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and it is unlikely that our large choir will be able to meet in person for a little while. So, we are replacing our normal rehearsals each Monday this term by rehearsals on Zoom.

We tried rehearsing on Zoom during the summer term and whilst it is not for everyone we were amazed at the enjoyment to be had purely by being able to keep singing and see all our friends each week! Some of us also also experimented by making two short video recordings by singing alone into our mobile phones or computers and then by the use of some clever technology melding our voices into a virtual choir. You can see and hear the Ely Choral Soceity virtual choir conducted by our Musical Director Andrew Parnell here by clicking on on the following YouTube links:

‘O thou that tellest good tidings’ from Handel’s Messiah

‘Creation’s Hymn’ Beethoven

Whilst none of us can predict the course of the pandemic we still have a plan to sing Verdi’s Requiem on March 31st 2021 and to sing in the Isle of Ely Arts Festival concert with Ely Sinfonia on 10th July 2021, both in Ely Cathedral.

In the meantime you are welcome to join us in our Zoom rehearsals during which up to 50 of our members have been taking part each week. Have a look at what some of them said after the Zoom rehearsals during the summer!

 

“Rehearsals were fun and fulfilling. Great to see others in the choir. More of same!”

“I found the online rehearsals  – although a bit daunting and inhibited at first – were surprisingly fun and enjoyable, and Andrew’s amazing ability to run the rehearsals almost as normal and to make us just get on with it as though we were in the hall together, made it immediately more relaxing and reassuring.”

“Andrew’s conducting/playing/leadership was great – really felt like he was listening to me/us and knew which bits were going wrong/needed help! It was refreshing to rehearse sitting in the comfort of my own home, and to be able to clearly hear and focus on my own voice. For the recording, the effort spent in producing the click tracks was greatly appreciated and really helped. Generally, it was good to know that the choir still existed, with the zoom rehearsals providing some welcome normality and escape during lock-down.”

“Since I’m muted I can have a keyboard/piano to hand, and play my part as I’m singing or practice when Andrew is working with other sections. This made a big difference and it definitely helped my singing! Recording was strange (and a bit uncomfortable) but worth it. I don’t know what other concert alternatives are out there!”