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Ely Cathedral Octagon Singers (ECOS)

The Ely Cathedral Octagon Singers is the Cathedral’s adult voluntary choir. An integral part of the Cathedral’s musical life, ECOS sings at Choral Evensong, Sunday Eucharist, and at many special services through the course of the liturgical year; the choir also performs as part of the Cathedral’s busy concert calendar.

ECOS prides itself on being an enthusiastic and friendly group. The repertoire is broad and ranges from Gregorian chant through to newly composed works written for the choir. Members are experienced amateur singers and standards are high. Singers sign up to undertake as many events as they can, with a minimum requirement of two services per academic term. There is no regular weekly rehearsal: most preparation is done on the day of a service, allowing members as much flexibility as possible.

There are plans afoot for a tour to Germany, and ECOS regularly works with visiting conductors, including in recent years Barry Rose, David Hill and Christopher Robinson. Forthcoming highlights include Duruflé’s Requiem.

Entry is by an informal, friendly audition with the Director, Glen Dempsey (Assistant Director of Music at Ely Cathedral), and Assistant Director, Andrew Parnell, (former Assistant Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral and Director of Ely Choral Society).

To obtain further details please contact the Secretary of ECOS, Sarah Clutton by email: s.clutton@elycathedral.org