Ely singers perform in Cologne

King's Ely Junior’s Chamber Choir wowed audiences during their tour to Cologne.

King's Ely Junior’s Chamber Choir wowed audiences during their tour to Cologne. - Credit: Archant

King’s Ely Junior’s Chamber Choir wowed audiences during their tour to Cologne.

King's Ely Junior’s Chamber Choir wowed audiences during their tour to Cologne.

King's Ely Junior’s Chamber Choir wowed audiences during their tour to Cologne. - Credit: Archant

The 30-strong choir, made up of boys and girls from Years 5 to 8, toured the western German city, where they performed three services and two concerts in five days.

On the Saturday, the choir sang vespers, mass and a concert at St Aposteln Church in Central Cologne.

On the Sunday, they travelled to Altenberg Cathedral, 25km north-east of Cologne, to sing morning mass.

At 4pm that day they gave a concert in St Pantaleon Church before singing vespers in Cologne Cathedral, which was televised worldwide on the internet.


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Pupils also visited Cologne Zoo, went shopping in the city centre and had a trip to Phantasialand theme park.

Neil Porter-Thaw, director of music at King’s Ely Junior, said: “The Cologne tour is up there as one of the best tours I have taken over the last 20 years.

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“I really have no idea how many prep school choirs can say they have sung a live broadcasted choral vespers from Cologne Cathedral.

“The chamber choir was a credit to the school and performed very professionally. I am so grateful for all their hard work this year.”

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