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Ely Cathedral Octagon Singers


ELY CATHEDRAL OCTAGON SINGERS (ECOS) is Ely Cathedral's adult voluntary choir. Open to all singers aged 16 and over, it is an integral part of the Cathedral's musical life, singing regularly at Choral Evensong, Sunday Eucharist, and many other special services in the Cathedral's calendar. It also makes regular visits to sing at other Cathedrals (including St Paul's in London) and appears with increasing frequency in the Cathedral's busy concert calendar.  

The choir is an enthusiastic and friendly group, committed to enhancing the worship of the Cathedral, and tackling repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day at the highest standard. ECOS currently has over 60 members and new singers are always welcome. Members sign up to undertake as many events as they can, with a minimum requirement of two services per academic term. In general, commitments are at weekends (often a Saturday) but there are some midweek commitments too. There is no regular weekly rehearsal: most preparation is done on the day of a service, allowing members as much flexibility as possible.  

Edmund Aldhouse (Assistant Organist of Ely Cathedral) has been Director of ECOS since February 2015 with Andrew Parnell (former Assistant Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral and Director of Ely Choral Society) as Assistant Director of the Choir.

Would you like to join ECOS? Entry is by an informal, friendly audition with the Director and Assistant Director. Applicants must be able to read music and demonstrate that they can hold their part reliably. Previous choral experience, a good level of sight-singing and healthy vocal technique are essential. It is not necessary to have sung in a church choir before, but those joining should be in sympathy with the ethos and aims of the Cathedral. 

To obtain further details about auditioning and membership, please contact the Secretary of ECOS, Sarah Clutton by email gro/lardehtacyle//nottulc/s for more information, or simply download and complete an application form via the links below:

Word Document /files/pdf/choir/ecos%20application.doc
PDF /files/pdf/choir/ecos%20application.pdf


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