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Rehearsals and Events


Zoom rehearsals

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.

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.

2020 – 21 Season Dates and venues for our 2020/21 Season concerts are as follows:

Saturday 27th March 2021
Verdi’s ‘Requiem’  – Ely Cathedral

Saturday 10th July 2021
Ely Choral Society and Ely Sinfonia
Vaughan Williams ‘Greensleeves’ & ‘Serenade to Music’; Beethoven’s ‘8th Symphony’; Chilcott’s ‘Canticles of Light’ and Beethoven’s ‘Choral Fantasia’ – Ely Cathedral

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.

Rehearsals are normally 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.

Coronavirus pandemic: Unfortunately the coronavirus outbreak has brought a halt to our concerts and rehearsals. Like all music societies we are planning a range of options depending on when the government lifts restrictions for social distancing to enable us to restart our activities. Currently, the re-start of rehearsals is pencilled in for Monday 7th September 2020 although we are going to need to confirm this nearer the time.

If anything changes which might further delay restarting we will post information on this website. In the meantime we send all our members and supporters our best wishes to keep safe and well.