Music

At All Saints’, we believe that every child should receive high quality musical experiences from a variety of cultures and traditions, and that music should play an integral part in our school life and worship.
Every child will have the chance to learn an instrument and develop their voice, with a variety of opportunities to perform and compose. The music curriculum often reflects class topics, in order to enhance the pupils’ learning, and enrichment opportunities are organised with Peterborough Music Hub, so that pupils experience live performances and professional musicians.
In music, creativity is encouraged, and the environment  allows every child to achieve and be confident that they can have a go and express themselves.

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning”
- Plato

Chorister Experience Day 2022

There is a very exciting event taking place at Ely Cathedral on Saturday 26 February 2022: a Chorister Experience Day. Ely Cathedral's professional music team will lead an afternoon of exciting musical activities, culminating in the highlight of the day: the chance to join Evensong with the full Cathedral Choir under our famous Octagon tower.

 

This event offers an opportunity for boys in Years 2 and 3 with musical potential to find their voices in an amazing space. We want to enthuse a new generation of singers, giving them a glimpse of a vibrant tradition stretching back over a thousand years with global reach: thanks to online streaming, the singing of the Cathedral Choir is now heard and enjoyed every day all over the world. 

 

Ely Cathedral is proud to offer places in the choir both to girls and boys; from later this year our girl choristers will share the services equally with the boys and enjoy precisely the same opportunities. We organised our first Chorister Experience for girls last September, and would be delighted to welcome girls from your school to the next event, which will be held in autumn 2022. 

 

This invitation is for boys in Year 2 or 3 who particularly love to sing; if they have a musical ear, a natural voice and a lively character then the Chorister Experience is for them! 

 

To register for the event, parents/guardians should contact us at music@elycathedral.org or on 01353 660336. They are always happy to have an informal conversation about singing opportunities here in Ely at any time. 

 

Of course we hope that for some it will be the start of a journey towards joining the choir at Ely, a professional training which gives children unparalleled life skills. For all who attend it will be a memorable and inspiring day, with positive effects on the educational achievement and musical development of everyone who takes part.

The Chorister Experience flyer 2022

Chorister Experience invitation 2022

Chorister Experience Registration Form 2022

School Choir Recording

This recording of ‘You are my Brother’ was specially recorded for the commissioning service of our new Chaplain, Sarah Burke.

 

As children are still unable to sing with others from different classes, due to the current situation, 26 of our Key Stage 2 pupils were recorded individually at school, and then edited together by Miss Evans. Here is the finished recording:

Composer of the Week

This term, we have heard:

  • Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending

  • John Williams - Hymn to the Fallen (from Saving Private Ryan)

  • Gluck - Dance of the Blessed Spirits (from Orpheus and Eurydice)

  • Britten - Hymn to Saint Cecilia

  • Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata

  • Tchaikovsky - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (from The Nutcracker)

  • Rutter - Nativity Carol

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