The Chapel Choir is an exciting, friendly and enthusiastic group comprising Choral Scholars and volunteers. As well as two services a week throughout term, it also gives concerts, makes occasional visits to cathedrals and exchanges with other choirs, radio broadcasts and summer tours. Recent tour destinations have included Toronto, Prague, Verona, Granada and Hong Kong, where we sang a full-length concert on national television with international artists Yundi Li and Niu Niu. Our most recent CD recording includes Britten's Ceremony of Carols. The choir is conducted by the two Organ Scholars, with assistance from Dr Jeremy Thurlow, the Chaplain, and the Visiting Guest Conductor.
We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Brown as Visiting Guest Conductor from October 2010, following his retirement as Director of Music at Clare College. Mr Brown will assist in the training and development of the choir and will conduct several rehearsals, services and concerts each term as well as acting as mentor to the organ scholars.
Members of the choir receive generously subsidised singing lessons and a free formal 3-course dinner after Evensong every Tuesday. The time commitment for singing in the choir is as follows: Tuesdays - rehearsal and Evensong; Thursdays - rehearsal; Sundays - rehearsal and Service, as well as some extra concerts and rehearsals each term. The choir typically comprises 24-30 voices. Auditions for volunteer places are held at the very beginning of the Michaelmas term. Several one-year choral bursaries are also offered to volunteers making an especially valuable contribution to the choir.