The Chapel Choir is an ambitious, friendly and enthusiastic group of 26-30 singers comprising Choral Scholars and volunteers. As well as two services a week throughout term, it also gives concerts, sings occasional cathedral services, radio broadcasts and summer tours. Recent tour destinations have included Prague, Verona, Granada, Innsbruck, Milan, Paris and Hong Kong, where we sang a full-length concert on national television with international artists Yundi Li and Niu Niu. Recent CD recordings include a portrait disc of Vaughan Williams and Britten's Ceremony of Carols. The choir is conducted by the Director of Chapel Music who works together with the two Organ Scholars, Dr Jeremy Thurlow and the Chaplain.
Director of Chapel Music
Mr Will Sims is the Director of Chapel Music and conducts the Chapel Choir. Prior to his appointment at Robinson College he was Director of Music at University College, Durham for three years, sang as a lay clerk at Lincoln Cathedral and was Associate Musical Director of the Lincoln Chorale. In 2021 he was awarded the prestigious Gerald Knight Memorial Prize for Choral Conducting by the Royal College of Organists.
The choir typically comprises 24-30 voices. Auditions for volunteer places are held at the beginning of the Michaelmas term. Several one-year choral bursaries are also offered to volunteers making an especially valuable contribution to the choir. Members of the choir receive generously subsidised singing lessons and a free formal 3-course dinner after Evensong every Tuesday.
The choir's weekly schedule is:
- Tuesdays - rehearsal and Evensong
- Thursdays - rehearsal
- Sundays - rehearsal and Service
There are also some extra concerts and rehearsals each term.
See the choir's Facebook page for more information on the choir and its activities, as well as contact details.