About Ely Consort

Ely Consort is a Chamber Choir of around forty voices which traces its history back to the foundation of the former St Mary’s Chamber Choir in 1988. Matthew Rudd (Director of Music at the Stephen Perse Foundation, Cambridge) has been Musical Director since 2002 and has been chiefly responsible for the Choir’s current success through varied, attractive programming in concerts performed around three times a year in venues in and around Ely including the Cathedral and Methodist Church amongst others.

Matthew has conducted the choir in a very wide range of repertoire from the Renaissance period to the present day. Major performances have included Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Mass in Time of War, Brahms’ German Requiem and Orff’s Carmina Burana.

Our most recent concert at St Mary’s Parish Church in Burwell was another successful new departure, including a first-half performance of Will Todd’s Mass in Blue with jazz quartet followed by a varied selection of unaccompanied songs performed outside in the churchyard while the audience picnicked in the late evening sunshine.

The choir is keen to develop new works for performance by direct commissioning and running competitions, using a fund established for the purpose. For our Jubilee celebrations, our Cathedral Evensong performance included a specially commissioned anthem written by Will Todd. The choir looks forward to performing a work by Canadian composer Sarah Quartel in 2018.

The coming 2017-18 season includes participation in a much-anticipated concert in Ely Cathedral ‘Music for the Queen of Heaven’ which features a performance by Dame Emma Kirkby.

Ely Consort rehearses every Thursday evening at the King’s School, Ely.

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