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The singing at Ely Cathedral has been famous since the time of King Canute. Edward the Confessor attended the monastic school and probably sang in the choir, but the group of boy choristers, as we know them today, was first brought together to sing the daily mass in the newly-built Lady Chapel in the 15th century.
Adult professional singers were added as required, and the choir was given its present form in the mid-16th century. It normally consists of eighteen Choristers and six Lay Clerks, but on occasions the mens rank is increased to twelve.
Following four years as organ scholar at Hew College, Oxford, Paul Trepte became Assistant Organist at Worcester Cathedral in 1976. After 5 years of conducting and performing experience at Worcester, he went to St Marys, Warwick, and then in 1985 to St Edmundsbury as Organist and Master of the Choristers. In 1990 he succeeded Dr Arthur Wills at Ely Cathedral.
|1||02:11||Unto us is born a Son||From Piae Cantiones arr.D Willcocks|
|2||01:40||Out of your sleep arise and wake||R.R. Bennett|
|3||02:25||A tender shoot has started||O Goldschmidt|
|4||03:11||Jesus Christ the apple tree||E Poston|
|5||02:55||Hark! The herald angels sing||Mendelssohn arr. D Willcocks|
|6||03:14||Noël nouvelet||French Traditional arr J Rutter|
|7||03:16||The Lamb||J Tavener|
|8||02:37||Carol of King Knut||P Trepte|
|9||02:38||O little town of Bethlehem||English Traditional (Descant: Thomas Armstrong)|
|10||03:06||Stille Nacht||F Gruber|
|11||02:01||Carol of the foal||A Wills|
|12||02:15||Ding dong! merrily on high||arr D Willcocks|
|13||02:59||Away in a manger||Traditional Normandy tune arr. P Trepte|
|14||03:30||Shepherd’s cradle song||K Leuner arr C MacPherson|
|15||03:30||A babe is born||W Mathias|
|16||03:45||O come, all ye faithful||Anonymous arr R L Pearsall|