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Our girls sang for the first time in September 2006. Since 2010 the choir has been under the direction of Sarah MacDonald who is also Director of Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge.

Until September 2018, Ely's girl choristers were all educated in the senior section of King's Ely (Years 9 to 13), and boarded together in Canonry House, beside the south entrance of the cathedral. In September 2018 we were delighted to open membership of the choir to girls in Years 7 and 8, who board with other junior girls in Priory House, also adjacent to the south entrance to the cathedral.

Over the next few years, Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir will transition to consist entirely of girls in Years 7 to 11. Former choristers, in Years 12 or 13, who wish to continue as Sixth Form Choral Scholars (singing either soprano or alto on a reduced choral timetable) can apply to do so whilst they are completing Year 11.

Sing reign of fair maid, a recording of Christmas music for upper voices under Sarah MacDonald's direction, is on the Regent label and is available for sale in the Cathedral shop. A recording of the Pergolesi 'Stabat mater and other music for Lent and Passiontide' is available for sale in the Cathedral shop. The girls are also featured on a CD of music by Gary Higginson, with the Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge.

The Director of the Girls' Choir

The Director of the Girls' Choir is Sarah MacDonald. Read more here.

The Assistant Organist to the Girls' Choir

Aaron Shilson is currently the assistant organist to Ely Cathedral Girls' choir. Read more here.

Girl choristers

Girl choristers receive bursaries of one-third off boarding fees. Sixth Form Choral Scholarships are also available to members of the girls' choir, and are valued at 50% off boarding fees. Additional means tested bursaries may be available. The school funds the girls' choral bursaries and all associated staffing costs so there is no drain on the cathedral's resources.

Auditions are held in either January or February each year.

FURTHER INFORMATION about the Girls' Choir can be found on the school web site:

Any enquiries about choristerships for girls should be addressed to
Barton Square,

To arrange a visit, or for any other queries concerning admission to King's Ely,
please email gro/ylesgnik//snoissimda or contact
Sarah MacDonald, Girls' Choir Director
Tel: +44 (0)1353 660586 or
gro/ylesgnik//dlanoDcaMharaS or
KING'S ELY (Senior School)
Admissions Staff
Tel +44 (0)1353 660702

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Singing Evensong Enlarge

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Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir with Patron, Lesley Garrett Enlarge