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Paul Trepte

Paul Trepte

Paul Trepte

Organist and Director of Music

Paul Trepte (b.1954) studied with Donald Hunt, Herbert Howells and Nicholas Danby. After an organ scholarship at New College, Oxford, he successively became Assistant Organist at Worcester Cathedral, Director of Music at St. Mary's, Warwick and then Director of Music at St. Edmundsbury Cathedral. In September 1990, he succeeded Dr Arthur Wills as Organist and Director of Music at Ely Cathedral. Under his direction the choir maintains a busy schedule of services, concerts, recordings and tours - all to critical acclaim.

He has conducted choirs in Leamington and Ipswich and has worked with the Aldeburgh Foundation's Britten-Pears Chamber Choir. In addition to his main work as a choral/organ music specialist, he composes, lectures and examines (principally for The Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music) whenever he can find time. He has made many recordings and has a number of published and recorded choral works to his credit. Paul holds Honorary Fellowships from both The Royal School of Church Music and the Guild of Church Musicians.

His prime passion is for choral conducting of any kind and the daily round of Cathedral worship remains his foremost pleasure and concern. gro/lardehtacyle//etpert/p

Edmund Aldhouse

Edmund Aldhouse

Edmund Aldhouse

Assistant Organist and Director of The Ely Cathedral Octagon SIngers

In September 2013 Edmund took up the position of Assistant Organist at Ely Cathedral. From 2009 to 2013 he was Assistant Director of Music at Ripon Cathedral, having previously held positions at Rochester and Chichester Cathedrals. In these posts he accompanied and directed the Cathedral choirs on tours to the USA, Italy, Holland and Hungary as well as several recordings and live BBC broadcasts.

A pupil of the Manchester Grammar School and a former Organ Scholar of Pembroke College, Oxford, much of Edmund's organ study has been pursued in France under Frédéric Blanc and François-Henri Houbart, resulting in a unanimous Premier Prix de Virtuosité at the Conservatoire de Rueil-Malmaison, near Paris, in 2008. He has a particular interest in improvisation and French organ music, and performances at Ripon of cycles by Messiaen and Dupré, set alongside words and images, received much acclaim.

Since February 2015 Edmund has been Director of the Ely Cathedral Octagon Singers (ECOS), the Cathedral's adult voluntary choir. gro/lardehtacyle//esuohdla/e

Sarah MacDonald

Sarah MacDonald

Sarah MacDonald

Director of Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir

Sarah studied organ, piano, and conducting in her native Canada, and as Organ Scholar of Robinson College, Cambridge, before taking up the position of Director of Music in Chapel at Selwyn College, Cambridge in 1999; she was the first woman to hold such a post in an Oxbridge Chapel.

Sarah has recorded over 30 CDs, variously in the guises of conductor, organist, pianist, and producer; she has played recitals and conducted concerts throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East, and New Zealand, and has broadcast live on BBC Radio and on Canadian television. Sarah is a Fellow and a Trustee of the Royal College of Organists. gro/ylesgnik//dlanoDcaMharaS

Aaron Shilson

Assistant Organist to Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir

Aaron joined Ely Cathedral in September 2017. Prior to this he studied as an undergraduate at Leeds College of Music with Benjamin Saunders and Daniel Justin. In his final year he held the post of Organ Scholar at St Anne's Cathedral in Leeds.

Aaron Shilson

Aaron Shilson

After graduating from Leeds College of Music in 2014, he moved to Manchester to continue his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Darius Battiwalla, Christopher Stokes and Gordon Stewart. During this time he participated in master classes with Kevin Bowyer and Thomas Trotter and was recipient of the college's Frederick Lunt and Meadowcroft prizes. He balanced his studies alongside the Senior Organ Scholarship at Manchester Cathedral, spending a small portion of his time there as acting Sub-Organist. After graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2016, Aaron held the Organ Scholarship at St Davids Cathedral. gro/ylesgnik//noslihSnoraA

Andrew Parnell

Assistant Director of The Ely Cathedral Octagon Singers

After a 25-year career in St Albans Cathedral, St Albans School and St Albans Symphony Orchestra, Andrew has enjoyed since 2001, a tripartite freelance career as conductor, organist, and composer.

Andrew Parnell

Andrew Parnell

In addition to his annual privilege of conducting Carillon, he regularly directs Ely Choral Society, Cambridgeshire Choral Society, and Wymondham Symphony Orchestra, and Ely Choral Society's Youth Choir, now well established in the cultural life of the city.

Andrew has maintained strong links with cathedral music since 2001, and has worked as Acting Assistant Organist at the Cathedrals in Ely, Canterbury, Wakefield, Southwell, Bury St Edmunds, Peterborough, and Rochester, and as acting Director of Music at Ely in 2006. Andrew continues to be invited to play as organ soloist or accompanist, recently appearing in Hampstead, St Albans Abbey, Peterborough Cathedral, and St Andrew's Hall, Norwich.

His compositions, both sacred and secular, have been performed in venues from Portsmouth to Philadelphia to St Petersburg. His Nocturne for Orchestra, commissioned by WSO for the orchestra's 30th anniversary, was premiered by the orchestra last July, and new church music will be published and performed later this year. He has recently edited The Ely Carol Book, a collection of carols by living composers performed in recent years by Ely Choral Society. gro/lardehtacyle//llenrap/a

Rebecca Duckworth

Rebecca Duckworth

Rebecca Duckworth

Singing Animateur

Rebecca directs the Cathedral's singing outreach programme, delivering high energy workshops which enable primary aged children to find their voices and coaching class teachers in vocal technique, boosting their confidence to sing with their classes.

Rebecca directs the Cathedral's Children's Choir The Ely Imps.

Rebecca's work is frequently described by head teachers as "inspirational". Rebecca mentors music students in singing leading as part of this programme.

Cathedral choristers visit schools and all participants join together for a final concert, conducted by the Director of Music and Rebecca under the great Octagon tower in the Cathedral.

Rebecca occasionally speaks at conferences and has written articles on singing in the classroom. gro/lardehtacyle//htrowkcud/r