11th August 2020 — Missing being able to sing, live and learn together on a daily basis due to Covid-19, members of both the Cathedral’s Girls’ and Boys’ Choirs, all of whom are pupils at King’s Ely, decided to join forces remotely to record two songs which mean a lot to them. The girls have recorded ‘How Shall I Sing that Majesty’, sung to Ken Naylor’s tune, Coe Fen, and the boys have recorded one of their Evensong favourites, the ‘Ely Magnificat’ by Ben Parry.
Glen Dempsey, Assistant Director of Music at Ely Cathedral, said: “Although Covid-19 has put a pause on our Choristers being able to make music together in the Cathedral, singing has by no means stopped for them altogether. We have been finding creative ways to keep singing online in so far as is practicable. Even Zooms have been a particular adventure! These two recordings showcase our boys and girls performing two real Ely favourites; each singer recorded their own voice and then everyone was mixed together digitally. Do have a listen!”
Being a Chorister at Ely Cathedral and King’s Ely is something very special and hugely rewarding: singing Evensong in the Cathedral, sharing life with the other Choristers, being part of a happy, talented group of boys and girls – it’s an experience that will stay with them throughout their lives. For many, it will also mark the beginning of a successful and fulfilling musical career.