KING’S Ely Spikes and King’s Ely Junior Chamber Choir were in their element performing to shoppers at the Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift and Food Fair.

Spikes – our outstanding Cello Ensemble – were at the Fair on November 14th and performed music from Vivaldi to Coldplay, especially arranged for them by Head of Strings at King’s Ely, Nikki Porter-Thaw.

Director of Music Performance at King’s Ely, Neil Porter-Thaw, said: “Many members of the audience expressed how lucky they were to be able to hear the sound of nine cellists together! Congratulations to Eleanor Wallace, Lydia Hamilton-Bing, Tessa Hawes, Olivia Jenkins, Lily McCallum, Elizabeth Newman, Anna Ost and Maxime Prince.”

The following morning, King’s Ely Junior Chamber Choir performed a 30 minute concert of modern English church music and uplifting African songs. This was the choir’s first concert of the year – and the 28 singers did not disappoint!

Mr Porter-Thaw said: “After a little nervous start, they sung ‘Remembrance’ by Will Todd and ‘Lord Make Me an Instrument’ by Jonathan Willcocks beautifully, before tearing into five fantastic African songs ranging from a Zulu wedding song to an infectious Ghanaian playground song. We started with 20 or so in the audience and finished with well over 150! This was a great start for the choir, who will be touring Belgium in May half term.”

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