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CATHEDRAL CHORISTERS SET OFF ON MUSIC TOUR OF ESTONIA

17 boy choristers from Ely Cathedral's highly regarded choir will perform a series of choral music concerts in Estonia. This is the Choir's first ever visit to Estonia and includes a very busy schedule of five performances in venues across a number of cities including Tallinn, Haapsalu and Parnu. The tour will culminate in a concert at St Peter & St Paul Cathedral in Tallinn.

Many of the boys, all aged between 9 - 13, have never been on tour before but most are very used to performing in some particularly awe inspiring venues. Previous Choir tours have included America, Canada, Spain, Norway and France as well as special performances in Rome, Vienna & Budapest.

Despite the rather gruelling schedule of rehearsals and performances, there is some time scheduled in for the choir to experience their surroundings with visits scheduled to a museum and water park.

Paul Trepte, Director of Music at Ely Cathedral is accompanying the Choir. "English choral music is highly regarded across the world and these tours enable us to bring choral music concerts to a global audience. It also gives the boys a great opportunity to perform in unusual venues and to spend some quality time together after a very busy and highly successful year".

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For further information contact Director of Communications, Lesley Ann Thompson 07930 918885

Image - Ely Cathedral Choir embarking on their first tour of Estonia. (Ely Cathedral Image Library)

About Ely Cathedral Choir

ELY CATHEDRAL CHOIR HAS BEEN AN IMPORTANT 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.

Many of England's finest musicians started life as Cathedral choristers. This is no surprise, because professionalism is the hallmark of English cathedral choirs. Today the Ely Choir consists of a maximum of 22 boy choristers and six adult lay clerks, augmented on Sundays and Feast Days by additional singers and sometimes instrumentalists. The boys are all boarders at King's Ely. They live together in Choir House and rehearse six days out of seven every week.

Alongside daily rehearsals and schedules, the exemplary standard of Ely Cathedral Choir places it in demand for many other events. The choir has worked with world-renowned artists, orchestras and ensembles including Jose Carreras, James Bowman, The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The Britten Sinfonia, The Orchestra of St. John's, Smith Square, The Brandenburg Consort and the City of London Symphony Orchestra. The boys and men have recorded numerous CDs and have frequently appeared on BBC Radio and TV. The choir is involved in concerts attended by thousands of people at the Cathedral and further afield.

A special highlight for the choir is the chance to travel abroad: past tours have included America, Canada and Spain, Norway and France. In November 2015 the choir was invited to sing at a conference of church musicians organised by The Academy of Music in Krakow and in 2016 they visited Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest.