ELY CATHEDRAL CHOIR
ELY CATHEDRAL 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 THE TIME OF KING CANUTE:
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 schedules, 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. Former organists have included musicians of high repute such as Christopher Tye, Robert White, Basil Harwood, Tertius Noble and Arthur Wills.
Under the direction of Paul Trepte, Ely Cathedral Choir is much in demand for radio and television broadcasts, recordings, concerts and tours.
Opportunities for Altos, Tenors and Basses
Experienced altos, tenors and basses are always welcome to audition to join the ranks of Ely Cathedral Choir. Although the weekday services are sung by the six layclerks only, there are frequent opportunities for extra singers to join them at weekends and for special occasions such as concerts and broadcasts.
These extra singers form a large pool of men who also act as deputies form time to time. At the present moment in time enquiries from Altos are especially welcome.
If you are interested in applying please contact the Director of Music, Paul Trepte on 01353 660336.