The music at Ely Cathedral is offered first and foremost as an expression of worship. Since the days of King Canute (c. 1000) music has played an important role in the on-going life of the Cathedral.
The jewel in the crown at Ely is the traditional service of Choral Evensong which is offered as frequently as possible. This normally takes place in the Choir and is sung during term time by the Cathedral choir or the Cathedral Girls' choir. On Fridays, Choral Evensong is usually sung in the spectacular surroundings of the Lady Chapel. Sunday worship is always fully choral and special highlights are the orchestral masses normally sung on Easter Day and Trinity Sunday.
Concerts, performed by one, some or all of its choirs are a regular feature and its choir(s) are sometimes joined by famous conductors, singers or orchestras, John Rutter, Simon Rattle, Aled Jones, José Carreras, The Britten Sinfonia, The Orchestra of St. John's, Smith Square, The Brandenburg Consort and The London Symphony Orchestra, to name a few.
The Cathedral Organ is regarded as one of the largest and finest instrument of its kind in the South East of England. Organ recitals are a regular feature in the Cathedral diary.
Every year the Chapter invites choirs from all over the world to sing choral services at Ely Cathedral while the Cathedral Choirs are away, on holiday or on tour.