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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

This concert season has been like no other! This is the first time in our history that there will be no concerts in Ely Choral Society’s Concert Season owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. But we have replaced our normal rehearsals each Monday by rehearsals on Zoom and end of term video recordings to create our virtual choir.

Whilst rehearsing on Zoom is not for everyone we have been amazed by the enjoyment to be had purely by being able to keep singing and see all our friends again! We have had attendances of around 40 people each week. We open Zoom at 7 pm with a social meet up and begin rehearsing at 7:30 pm until about 9 pm. Time goes so quickly and providing we engage our imagination to a large degree we can almost feel that we are in the hall singing together in person! Our conductor Andrew Parnell has also proved to be master of the new medium and still manages to play the keyboard, conduct, cajole and act as an entertaining raconteur for the whole evening.

ELY CHORAL SOCIETY VIRTUAL CHOIR

We have made video recordings of four short pieces over the year 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 Society virtual choir conducted by our Musical Director Andrew Parnell by clicking on on the following YouTube links:

https://youtu.be/SOmUXaN0fWY

https://youtu.be/JbZ7V-VC_Oc

https://youtu.be/7wOJTNsWtw8

https://youtu.be/jF03GEveC0E

Whilst none of us can predict the course of the pandemic we are hoping to start singing again in September 2021 to begin our 2021-22 Concert Season and hope our first concert will be on Saturday November 6th 2021 (note change of date) in Ely Cathedral. We will confirm the programme nearer the time.

In the meantime you are welcome to join us for our Zoom rehearsals – a link can be obtained by contacting our membership secretary Clarke Brunt (see ‘About’ page for email link). Have a look at what some of our members have said about the Zoom rehearsals!

“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

This concert season has been like no other! This is the first time in our history that there will be no concerts in Ely Choral Society’s Concert Season owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. But we have replaced our normal rehearsals each Monday by rehearsals on Zoom and end of term video recordings to create our virtual choir.

Whilst rehearsing on Zoom is not for everyone we have been amazed by the enjoyment to be had purely by being able to keep singing and see all our friends again! We have had attendances of around 40 people each week. We open Zoom at 7 pm with a social meet up and begin rehearsing at 7:30 pm until about 9 pm. Time goes so quickly and providing we engage our imagination to a large degree we can almost feel that we are in the hall singing together in person! Our conductor Andrew Parnell has also proved to be master of the new medium and still manages to play the keyboard, conduct, cajole and act as an entertaining raconteur for the whole evening.

ELY CHORAL SOCIETY VIRTUAL CHOIR

We have made video recordings of four short pieces over the year 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 Society virtual choir conducted by our Musical Director Andrew Parnell by clicking on on the following YouTube links:

https://youtu.be/SOmUXaN0fWY

https://youtu.be/JbZ7V-VC_Oc

https://youtu.be/7wOJTNsWtw8

https://youtu.be/jF03GEveC0E

Whilst none of us can predict the course of the pandemic we are hoping to start singing again in September 2021 to begin our 2021-22 Concert Season and hope our first concert will be on Saturday November 6th 2021 (note change of date) in Ely Cathedral. We will confirm the programme nearer the time.

In the meantime you are welcome to join us for our Zoom rehearsals – a link can be obtained by contacting our membership secretary Clarke Brunt (see ‘About’ page for email link). Have a look at what some of our members have said about the Zoom rehearsals!

“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!”