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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.

SINGING DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Unfortunately the coronavirus outbreak has brought a halt to concerts and rehearsals for choirs around the world and we are no exception. It is also becoming clear that it will be a while before we are going to be able to meet again in the way we used to but really important that we can stay together and carry on singing in some form.

So, we have now restarted our rehearsals on Zoom and, whilst it is a different experience, around 50 singers have enthusiastically attended each week and felt part of the choir again. Of course there are challenges: mastering the technology;  learning to sing confidently when only hearing the sound of our own voices; hearing the piano and the conductor clearly; sight reading without our colleagues around us; and singing to a computer screen without hearing the whole choir.

However we are all finding some pleasant surprises: enjoying each other’s company doing what we love; learning how to improve our own singing through hearing ourselves more clearly; discovering tricks for better sight reading; and keeping our voices active until we return to normal again.

We felt it important to work towards hearing the sound of the choir again. So we will be recording ourselves individually singing some of the music we have been rehearsing and through the magic of music technology produce a virtual choir video of Ely Choral Society! If you have not already joined a Zoom rehearsal try it out.

Currently, the re-start of rehearsals next season is pencilled in for Monday 7th September 2020 and we will confirm whether this will resume on Zoom or in person through this website and by email. In the meantime we send all our members and supporters our best wishes to keep safe and well.

Our next concert ‘Summer Serenade’ was to have been performed on Saturday 12th July 2020 at 7:30 pm in the Hayward Theatre, King’s Ely. We hope we will be able to perform it during a future summer season.

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.

SINGING DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Unfortunately the coronavirus outbreak has brought a halt to concerts and rehearsals for choirs around the world and we are no exception. It is also becoming clear that it will be a while before we are going to be able to meet again in the way we used to but really important that we can stay together and carry on singing in some form.

So, we have now restarted our rehearsals on Zoom and, whilst it is a different experience, around 50 singers have enthusiastically attended each week and felt part of the choir again. Of course there are challenges: mastering the technology;  learning to sing confidently when only hearing the sound of our own voices; hearing the piano and the conductor clearly; sight reading without our colleagues around us; and singing to a computer screen without hearing the whole choir.

However we are all finding some pleasant surprises: enjoying each other’s company doing what we love; learning how to improve our own singing through hearing ourselves more clearly; discovering tricks for better sight reading; and keeping our voices active until we return to normal again.

We felt it important to work towards hearing the sound of the choir again. So we will be recording ourselves individually singing some of the music we have been rehearsing and through the magic of music technology produce a virtual choir video of Ely Choral Society! If you have not already joined a Zoom rehearsal try it out.

Currently, the re-start of rehearsals next season is pencilled in for Monday 7th September 2020 and we will confirm whether this will resume on Zoom or in person through this website and by email. In the meantime we send all our members and supporters our best wishes to keep safe and well.

Our next concert ‘Summer Serenade’ was to have been performed on Saturday 12th July 2020 at 7:30 pm in the Hayward Theatre, King’s Ely. We hope we will be able to perform it during a future summer season.