The co-curricular scene at King’s Ely sees our students thriving and buzzing in the performing arts quad. Over a third of pupils throughout the school learn a musical instrument or receive vocal tuition and the quality, range and variety of ensembles all attest to the school’s musical pedigree. There are regular student-led and professional concerts, workshops and masterclasses, all of which, together with the excellence of our cathedral choirs, highlight how music is at the heart of the King’s Ely community and testify to its inclusivity.
The Chapel Choir comprises around 80 singers and regularly performs and tours alongside the King’s Barbers, a fabulous close harmony group made up of ex-choristers. Large instrumental groups such as the King’s Orchestra, Concert Band and Jazz Band perform in large scale charity concerts in the Recital Hall or Hayward Theatre, as well as joining with local community groups to perform at fetes and Summer events. Our Chamber Choir recently collaborated with the choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, for a spectacular celebratory Evensong, and next year the re-founded Choral Society and Orchestra will take to the stage at West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge. Pupils, Old Eleans, parents, staff and members of the public with a King’s Ely link will all be very welcome in this bold and exciting venture.
The opportunity for Chamber Musicians is also great. There are numerous string, woodwind, brass, percussion, guitar and rock groups, all of which rehearse on a regular basis with a talented and dedicated team of music professionals. The Director of Music Performance, Neil Porter-Thaw, is always pleased to receive enquiries and can advise regarding Music Scholarships, which are available at 13+ and 16+.