Chamber Choir

Cambridge University Chamber Choir (CUCC) aims to provide the best student singers with the opportunity to perform, to the highest possible standard, repertoire that is not usually undertaken by Cambridge chapel choirs. Directed by Martin Ennis, with associate conductors David Lowe and Nicholas Mulroy, it typically undertakes three or four projects a year.

CUCC often places an emphasis on secular music rather than sacred, and it often foregrounds repertoire that allows singers to appear as soloists or in small groups. However, the choir also performs on a regular basis with groups such as Cambridge University Orchestra and the Faculty of Music’s Collegium Musicum (a period-instrument ensemble directed by Margaret Faultless). CUCC members are also frequently offered opportunities to take part in projects involving multiple choirs.

The chamber choir is a fantastic opportunity for experienced singers who are looking to work in a more intimate environment or on a project basis. Through choosing such a diverse range of repertoire, the ensemble takes the university’s best choral singers and helps them achieve standards that exceed their expectations. Recent highlights have included participation in an international festival of sacred music in Yale, collaborations with the Cambridge University Orchestra in works by Vaughan Williams, Nielsen, Stravinsky and Brahms, pioneering performances of Venetian polychoral music, a semi-staged performance of Handel’s Acis and Galatea, and participation in The Cardinall’s Musick’s 25th-anniversary performance of Tallis’ Spem in Alium.

For more information on the choir, please contact Lizzie Hale.


Auditions for the Cambridge University Chamber Choir will be held in October 2022.

Please direct any queries to Lizzie Hale.


    A Polychoral Extravaganza

    Cambridge University Chamber Choir

    Sunday 24 April, 5:00pm


    TALLIS Spem in alium

    STRIGGIO Ecce beatam lucem

    GABRIELI 33-part Magnificat


    Cambridge University Chamber Choir

    Members of Cambridge University Collegium Musicum

    Historic brass from UK conservatoires

    Martin Ennis director

    Jeremy West cornett

    Margaret Faultless violin

    Andrew Kennedy and Nicholas Mulroy tenors


    The Centre for Music Performance and Girton College present a celebration of polychoral music, featuring Tallis’s Spem in alium, Striggio’s 40-part motet Ecce beatam lucem and a reconstruction of a 33-part Magnificat by Giovanni Gabrieli.

    The programme is presented in collaboration with Margaret Faultless, leader of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Jeremy West, founder of the leading historic-brass ensemble His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts.

    TICKETS: available here.

    £24 | Concessions: £22 | Students: £5

    Unreserved seating