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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.

The 18 girls are pupils at King's Ely, in years 9 to 13. They are all boarders and rehearse four mornings a week before school. The Girls sing Evensong twice a week in the Cathedral as well as doing full weekend duties about once a month. In addition, they participate in many Cathedral concerts and special services. They have also sung in Westminster Abbey, Notre Dame de Paris, The Guards Chapel, London, and live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.

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 for entry into Year 9.

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

Please view our Choral Music at Ely Cathedral leaflet.

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Singing Evensong Enlarge

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Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir with Patron, Lesley Garrett Enlarge