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ELY CATHEDRAL APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR OF MUSIC

The Chapter of Ely Cathedral is delighted to announce the appointment of Edmund Aldhouse as Director of Music. Edmund will succeed Paul Trepte who retires next Easter and whose distinguished career in this post spans 29 years.

Speaking about his appointment Edmund said: 'I am thrilled and humbled to have been appointed as Director of Music at Ely Cathedral. There is no more inspiring and beautiful place in which to make music, and I am truly blessed with wonderful professional colleagues and incredibly dedicated choristers. We have an exciting story to tell about the breadth and quality of music-making in this place, and I am looking forward to spreading that message far and wide in the years to come.'

Edmund's earliest musical training was as a chorister in Manchester Cathedral Choir, and as a pupil of Chetham's School of Music. These formative experiences fostered a love of organ and choral music which subsequently led to studies at Oxford University and at the Rueil-Malmaison Conservatoire in France. Edmund previous posts have been at Chichester, Rochester and Ripon Cathedrals before his appointment to Ely as Assistant Organist in 2013. He has given organ recitals and conducted choirs in many parts of Europe and the USA,and worked in Ely with artists as diverse as Gareth Malone and Jethro Tull in addition to participating in several recordings and live broadcasts.

Edmund Aldhouse

Commenting on the appointment, the Dean of Ely, The Very Revd Mark Bonney said: 'We are delighted with the appointment of Edmund Aldhouse as the next Director of Music. We had over 30 applications for the post and, following a rigorous interview process of several very high calibre candidates, Edmund was the unanimous choice of the external appointment panel that included two distinguished advisers from the Cathedral and choral world. We very much look forward to moving ahead under Edmund's direction, and are confident that Ely's celebrated music tradition is in the best possible hands.'

For more information about Music and the Choir of Ely Cathedral visit www.elycathedral.org/music

For information about Christmas worship & concerts visit www.elycathedral.org/christmas

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For further information please contact Lesley Ann Thompson - 01353 660350/07930 918885

Image(s) - Edmund Aldhouse who takes up the position of Director of Music at Ely Cathedral in Spring 2019.

About Ely Cathedral

Highly regarded by historians and architects from all over the world for its beauty and size, Ely Cathedral is widely acknowledged as 'one of the wonders of the Medieval world'. Visible for miles around, the Cathedral is often referred to as 'The Ship of the Fens'.

The present building dates from 1081 and is a remarkable example of both Romanesque and Norman architecture. In addition to its unique Octagon Tower and magnificent Lady Chapel, Ely has the third longest nave of any UK Cathedral. The Cathedral's role today is not so far removed from its days as a Benedictine monastery and offers regular daily worship with a special emphasis on choral music. It still maintains a resident choir of 22 choristers and 6 lay clerks and so continues the tradition of choral evensong every day of the week during term time.

As well as being a major visitor attraction, the Cathedral serves as a cultural focal point for East Anglia by providing a unique venue for the arts & music, for exhibitions, concerts and theatre. Most recently Ely has gained global recognition a prominent film location including Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Other Boleyn Girl, Macbeth, The King's Speech and The Crown.