Being a chorister at King’s Ely is something very special: singing Evensong in Ely Cathedral, sharing life with the other choristers at Choir House, being part of a very happy, talented group of boys – it’s an experience that will stay with them throughout their lives. For many, it will also mark the beginning of a successful and fulfilling musical career.
Ely Cathedral Boys’ Choir has been part of the English Choral tradition since the mid-16th century, and in terms of monastic heritage, its history can be traced back considerably further to before the time of King Canute, circa 990 AD.
Many of England’s finest musicians started life as cathedral choristers. This is no surprise, because professionalism is the hallmark of a Cathedral Choir. Today, the choir consists of some 22 boy choristers and six adult lay clerks, augmented on Sundays and Feast Days by additional singers and sometimes instrumentalists. Alongside daily rehearsals and services, there is a demanding schedule of concerts, broadcasts and recordings. The team is headed by the Organist and Director of Music, Paul Trepte, and his assistant Edmund Aldhouse. Ely Cathedral Boys’ Choir is much in demand for radio and television broadcasts, recordings, concerts and tours. Recent tours have been to Malta and Gozo, Canada, Italy, America, Spain, France, Norway and Austria.
The Choir has worked with many artists, orchestras and ensembles of national repute. Amongst them are James Bowman, Aled Jones, Jose Carreras, the Britten Sinfonia, the Orchestra of St John’s, Smith Square, the Brandenburg Consort and The City of London Sinfonia, to name a few.
Watch a video here: “Learn, Play, Sing – A taste of life as a boy chorister”