Boy Choristers

Ely Cathedral’s boy choristers are part of a tradition stretching back nearly 500 years. The 22 boys aged 7 – 13 rehearse daily and sing five or six services every week, as well as undertaking countless recordings, TV and radio broadcasts and foreign tours. A flexible approach to boarding at King’s Ely Junior allows the choristers to receive an unparalleled musical and academic education, with ample time for sport, relaxation and fun!

Contact Director of Music, Edmund Aldhouse  01353 660336

Girl Choristers

Ely Cathedral’s girl choristers celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2016. They are directed by Sarah MacDonald, who is also Director of Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge. The girls are boarders in Years 9-13 at King’s Ely, and sing Evensong on Mondays and Wednesdays (allowing ample time for academic studies) with weekend commitments once or twice a month. The girls have made a number of critically acclaimed recordings, and have broadcast on radio and television.

Contact Director of Ely Cathedral Girls Choir  01353 660586

Choral and Organ Scholars

King’s Ely in partnership with the Cathedral offers sixth form scholarships to aspiring young singers and organists. They sing or play regularly with the Cathedral Choir and gain lots of practical experience which is ideal for ambitious University and Conservatoire applications.

Contact Director of Ely Cathedral Girls Choir  01353 660586

Lower Voices

The backbone of Cathedral Choir is a team of six professional singers, the Lay Clerks. All have a high level of musical experience and vocal ability, and many have moved on from Ely to pursue careers as professional soloists. The choir is supplemented on Sundays and for major events by a large pool of altos, tenors and basses, the Expanded Choir. Experienced singers are always welcome to audition, and these extra singers also act as deputies from time to time.

Contact Director of Music, Edmund Aldhouse  01353 660336

Ely Cathedral Octagon Singers (ECOS)


ECOS is the Cathedral’s Adult Voluntary Choir. It sings Evensong when the Cathedral Choir is unavailable and is heard at many other services throughout the year. Its repertoire is broad, encompassing music from plainsong to the present day. New members are always very welcome. Entry is by audition, and singers need strong sight-reading skills and previous choral experience. The choir is conducted by the cathedral’s Assistant Director of Music, Glen Dempsey.

Contact The Secretary of ECOS, Sarah Clutton

The Ely Imps

The Ely Imps is a happy, dynamic children’s choir open to all children aged 7-13.They participate in key services, performing alongside high profile musicians including Aled Jones.

Directed by Rebecca Duckworth, the Imps give concerts in and around Ely, regularly supporting the Ely Cathedral Choristers at major concerts in the Cathedral. Can you hold a tune and do you love singing? We would love to hear you!

Contact The Administrator, Anne Mizen