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LATEST CD

Carols around the Christmas tree
(Herald HAVPCD 388)

Ely Cathedral Choir's sparkling new Christmas CD on the Herald label, will be 'launched' at a special reception to be held at 5pm on Sunday 10 November in the Cathedral. All are invited to the launch. The guest of honour will be Alexander L’Estrange whose carol, "Hodie Christus natus est" is recorded for the first time on the new CD. Do come along, enjoy a glass of wine and hear some of the tracks for the first time.

Carols around the Christmas tree

This new disc was made in response to numerous requests for a popular carol recording received last year. The project was made possible through the support of Ely Cathedral Choir Tour Fund which will benefit from the sales thereby helping to send the choir off to France in summer 2014.

Scattered amongst the tracks are recordings of very familiar and traditional favourites, in some cases supplied with newly written descants. One of the carols in that category is 'O Christmas tree' which will remind any local audience of the magnificent giant-sized tree which is always a much admired feature of Christmas at Ely Cathedral. The tree is pictured on the cover of the CD, making it an extremely attractive festive present.

The programme also includes three Christmas organ pieces as well as a sprinkling of new carols - amongst them three by musicians with Ely associations: John Lawson Baker, Jeremy Filsell and Paul Trepte.

Track Listing
It came upon the midnight clear - Trad. (Descant: Paul Trepte)
Silent night - Harm. Paul Trepte
Mary had a baby - arr. Sargent
The Holy Boy - Ireland
Organ: Bon Joseph écoute moy - Corrette
I saw three ships - arr. Paul Trepte
O Christmas tree - Trad. (Descant: Paul Trepte)
Scots Nativity - Alan Bullard
King Jesus hath a garden - Trad.
Organ: variations on King Jesus hath a garden - Flor Peeters
Maid Mother Mary - John Lawson Baker
While Shepherds watched - Trad.
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day - Jeremy Filsell
Organ: Noel Suisse - D'Acquin
Away in a manger - Trad.
In the bleak mid-winter - Ledger
Ding Dong - Wilberg
Hodie - L'Estrange
Hark the Herald - Trad. (Descant: Paul Trepte)

Directed by Paul Trepte (organ soloist)
Organ accompanist: Jonathan Lilley


O Give thanks
(Lantern Productions LPCD36)
A recital of solos, duets and choral works, featuring and James Farmer (solo treble) and friends with The Choir of Ely Cathedral
Released October 2011. Recorded 13 October 2010, 24 February, 19 April, 9 and 12 May 2011 in Ely Cathedral.
Organ - Jonathan Lilley & Oliver Hancock
Oboe solo - Janet Wrench
Directed by Paul Trepte

All is Now Well
(Lantern Productions LPCD28)
Carols and Seasonal Music from Ely Cathedral.
Released November 2009, recorded June, July 2009 featuring 10 premiere * recordings.
Ely Cathedral Choir, Director of Music Paul Trepte, Organist Jonathan Lilley

Full of Wills
(Guild GMCD 7315)
This disc featuring the music of Dr. Arthur Wills (b. 1926) is a testament to the liturgical choral tradition and features a thoughtfully designed programme of music highlighting the role of the boy choristers. The Boys of Ely Cathedral Choir are accompanied on the organ and piano by the Assistant Organist, Jonathan Lilley. The Director of Music is Paul Trepte.

The Ely Tradition vol. 1
(Priory PRCD 724)
This disc is envisaged as the first volume in a series entitles "The Ely Tradition" to be recorded and released by Priory over a period of time. Each anthem is preceded by an office hymn presented with an organ accompaniment written by Dr. Arthur Wills.

The Music Of Ely Cathedral
(Priory PRCD 5017)
Four brand new tracks on this compilation CD including a fine "Hear my prayer" (Mendelssohn) from Charlie Green (Head chorister) and Stanford's "Ye choirs of new Jerusalem" as well as organ solos from the current assistant organist, Jonathan Lilley. The other tracks are drawn from earlier recordings on the Priory label.

The Gateway Of Heaven
(Lantern Productions LPCD18)
This recording made in both the Lady Chapel and Cathedral at Ely features another selection of anthems regularly performed at Ely.
The title of the CD is taken from Paul Trepte's composition "The Gateway of Heaven".
"...it is heaven for which we are made, and for which we yearn, and so often it is through music that we catch a glimpse of our eternal destiny, for it is the gateway of heaven." Canon Peter Sills
Supported by Ely Cathedral Publications (May 2004)

Christmas Celebration
(Lantern Productions LPCD6)
East Anglia's Childrens Hospices present A Fine Arts Christmas Celebration from Ely Cathedral. 'Each' acknowledges the kind sponsorship of the CD from Avro Industries Ltd and Kettle Foods. This is the first recording from Ely to feature the newly restored Harrison & Harrison instrument. The Cathedral Choir is directed by Paul Trepte with Scott Farrell at the organ and is joined by the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble.

O How Glorious - Anthems for Evensong from Ely Cathedral
(ECP Compact Disc 8730 271-2 Cassette 8730 271-4)
"The glories of the English cathedral choral tradition are maintained in the daily office of Evensong. The choir sings here a selection of favourite anthems regularly performed at Ely. including Parry's "I was Glad" and Harwood's "O How Glorious". This was the last recording to feature the Cathedral's Harrison organ before the rebuilding of 1999-2000." Ely Cathedral Publications (December 1999)

Christopher Tye - Three Masses
(ASV CD Gau 190)
A glorious recording of Tye's "Western Wind", "Euge Bone" and "Peterhouse" made in the wonderfully resonant Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral. Two CDs. Tye was organist of Ely Cathedral and it is more than possible that his masses were written for performance by the Ely choir in precisely this sacred space.

Magnificat And Nunc Dimittis Vol 14
(Priory PR CD592)
"With fine work by the organist, David Price, and with the choir showing themselves confident, spirited masters of their business, the performances are to be relished." Gramophone (October 1998)

The Praises Of The Trinity
(Herald HAVPCD 197)
"...is devoted to (Arthur) Will's music and features the Choir of Ely Cathedral under his worthy successor Paul Trepte, with Sean Farrell accompanying, and Wills himself performing a number of works for solo organ." Church Music Quarterly (October 1997)

Evensong For St Etheldreda
(Herald HAVPCD 193)
"This is music of ferocious difficulty, and very well sung by the Ely choir which does full justice both to the drama and the beauty of the work." Choir and Organ (January 1997)

Carols From Many Lands
(Herald HAVPCD 193)
"For a truly international and fresh collection try Ely Cathedral and Paul Trepte... Highly recommended." Church Music Quarterly

The Music Of John Amner
(Hyperion CDA66768)
"A real ear-opener; a must for all lovers of English church music, both for the quality of the music and the standard of performance." Cambridgeshire Journal

Praise The Lord O My Soul - Psalms from Ely Cathedral
(Priory PRCD 460)
"Impressively sung with all the passion and drama required to describe the very human emotions portrayed by the Psalmist." Church Music Quarterly (October 1993)

That Glorious Song Of Old
(Cantoris CR 2368 - CD and Cassette)
"A really valuable and instructive historical experience, performed with a sense of spacious occasion." Organists' Review (August 1993)

A Song Of Trust
(Herald: Compact Disc HAVPCD 159 Cassette HAVPC 159)
"The programme is familiar enough, but the radiant poise of Bartle's singing and the serene vision of Paul Trepte's well-trained choir make for total satisfaction." Classical CD (March 1993)

Canticles From Ely
(Guild GM CD 7117)
"Stanford shows himself the master, and it is interesting to observe how he brings out the best in the choir, fine in tone, purposeful in style." Gramophone (February 1992)

Sing Joy The Day - Carols from Ely
(Herald CD143)
"The boys are impressive, making a good sound throughout, and singing with feeling and expression." Organist's Review (September 1992)

The Complete English Hymnal (vol 3)
(Priory CD703)
Volume three in the series 'The Complete New English Hymnal was recorded in March 2000 in St John's Church, Hackney, London. This CD contains 26 Hymns sung either to plainsong, standard or modern hymn tunes. The Cathedral Choir is directed by Paul Trepte with Scott Farrell at the organ.

The Stanford Canticles from Ely
(Guild CD7117)
One of our most popular older recordings, this disc features a selection of canticle settings regularly performed at Ely. The Cathedral Choir is directed by Paul Trepte with Jeremy Filsell at the cathedral organ.

They that go down to the sea
(Clovelly CD12601)
This recording from Ely is a sequel to the hugely popular 'Will your Anchor hold' CD again funded by Anglia for the RNLI. Ely Cathedral Choir. Directed by Paul Trepte and Scott Farrell. Organist - Scott Farrell. Piano - Paul Trepte.

Will Your Anchor Hold
(Clovelly CD11199)
Recorded in aid of the RNLI, celebrating its 175th anniversary of saving lives at sea, this recording features a tuneful selection of nautical hymns and songs with organ or instrumental accompaniment. The Cathedral Choir is directed by Paul Trepte with Scott Farrell at the organ and instrumentals played by Rodney and Rebecca Hall.