TEN of King’s Ely’s and Ely Cathedral’s newest probationer choristers have been officially installed.
The choristers were installed during what was a very special Mothering Sunday Eucharist at the Cathedral, attended also by three junior probationers to mark the completion of the first stage in their chorister journey.
It was also the final weekend that the Cathedral’s Director of Music, Paul Trepte, and Director of Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir, Sarah MacDonald, were to work together after nearly 10 years, as Paul is retiring after three decades in post. He is being succeeded by Edmund Aldhouse.
The service was followed by the traditional cutting of the specially made chorister cake, something that is always a highlight for everyone involved. Being a chorister at Ely Cathedral and King’s Ely is something very special: singing Evensong, 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.
The choristers sing daily in the magnificent surroundings of the Cathedral, and all are educated at King's Ely, receiving a scholarship which pays a generous proportion of their fees. Boys join the Cathedral Choir in Years 3 to 5. Girls join in Years 7 to 9.