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Singing at Ely Cathedral is an experience which sets girls up for life. Between the ages of 11 and 16, our choristers receive an unrivalled musical education, performing daily as professionals in the Cathedral as well as in venues all over the world. They learn skills of self-discipline and confidence, and gain an appreciation of hard work and high standards which lasts a lifetime: choristers go on to successful careers in all fields and develop a passion for music. It's a big commitment for them and their families, but they make life-long friendships and have a lot of fun! 

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.

The girl choristers play in integral role in the cathedral's scheme of worship, and from September 2022 they and the boys will sing equal numbers of services each week.

Ely's girl choristers are all educated at King's Ely, joining in year 7 and staying through to year 11, with a reduced schedule in their final year to reflect public examinations. They can attend King's Ely as day pupils, flexi-boarders or full boarders. The choristership award is equivalent to 40% of the day fee. We strive to ensure that no girl is prevented from taking up a choristership solely for financial reasons. We aim to offer extra assistance, on a means-tested basis, to families for whom school fees are an obstacle to choristership. Former girl choristers are automatically awarded a further fee reduction of 25% in Years 12-13 if they stay at King's Ely for Sixth Form, as long as they continue to contribute to school life.

Would you like to find out more about what girl choristerships involve, the audition process and whether it's right for your daughter? Sarah MacDonald, the Director of the Girl Choristers, will be glad to talk to you informally and guide you through the process. You can telephone her on +44 (0)1353 660586 or email: gro/ylesgnik//dlanodcamharas 

Our next Chorister Experience Day for girls will be held on Sunday 19 September 2021. 

The Director of the Girl Choristers

The Director of the Girl Choristers is Sarah MacDonald. Read more here.

The Assistant Organist to the Girl Choristers

Aaron Shilson is currently the assistant organist to Ely Cathedral Girl Choristers. Read more here.

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

Auditions are held in either January or February each year. Sarah MacDonald, Director of the Girl Choristers, will be glad to talk to you informally and guide you through the process of applying:
Tel: +44 (0)1353 660586 or

To arrange a visit, or for any other queries concerning admission to King's Ely, please contact the admissions department:

Tel +44 (0)1353 660702

gro/ylesgnik//snoissimdaor contact

Admissions Staff

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Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir with Patron, Lesley Garrett Enlarge