Rehearsals and Events
Ely Choral Society is now meeting weekly by email invitation to members on Zoom.
Please try it out, meet your friends again, learn a new experience, keep your voices in trim and contribute to our recordings. Try your hand a making video recordings to contribute to our virtual choir!
More ideas for keeping your singing going
Members have received by email a programme of ideas put together by Andrew for keeping your singing going whilst the various lockdowns are in place because of the virus. Some of the ideas refer to music and midi files which we have posted on this website.
Meanwhile, keep well and cheerful!
We have a created a private Facebook page on the Ely Choral Society Facebook page for members to communicate and share ideas for relieving some of the anguish we are all feeling because of the lack of singing and companionship. This is a huge challenge for all of us who gain so much from rehearsing, performing and listening to live music.
Rehearsals (see schedule below)
Coronavirus pandemic: Unfortunately the coronavirus outbreak has brought a halt to our concerts and in person rehearsals. However, we are rehearsing each week by Zoom at our normal rehearsal time. If you wish to receive a link to join our Zoom rehearsals please contact our Membership Secretary, Clarke Brunt whose email link can be found on the ‘About’ page of this website.
In normal times rehearsals are held on Monday each week between 7.30pm and 9.30pm in St. John’s School, Ely.
Once a month there is a social group serving a variety of teas and coffees, as well as delicious home made cakes, in the staffroom at school. Members are welcome any time from 18:45 until the start of the rehearsal to join us to chat over tea/coffee and a cake – the drink and the cake are optional as long as you fancy a chat! Dates of these groups are listed in the rehearsal schedule to the right.
Some of the members also meet informally after practice and share a drink (and an optional sandwich) at the Prince Albert pub on Silver Street. Anyone from the Society is welcome to join that group as and when they can, no regular commitment is required.
There is also a rehearsal on the morning or afternoon on the day of each concert, again listed on the rehearsal schedule. Attendance on the day of the concert rehearsal with the orchestra is obligatory.
To ensure the highest quality of performance members should try to attend all rehearsals. For unavoidable absences you should inform a member of the committee of your absence. Members who have not attended sufficient rehearsals will not be permitted to sing in the concerts; anyone with any concerns over their ability to sing a specific concert based on attendance should speak to the conductor Andrew Parnell.
We will open the link for all our Zoom rehearsals at 7:00 pm for a social meet-up before starting rehearsals at 7:30 pm.
Monday 7th at 7:30 pm
Monday 14th at 7:30 pm
Monday 21th at 7:30 pm
Monday 28th at 7:30 pm
Monday 5th at 7:30 pm
Monday 12th at 7:30 pm – last rehearsal of term
Next rehearsal September 6th at 7:30 pm at St John’s School pandemic permitting