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.

CUCC is delighted to announce a January 2022 audition round. Those wishing to audition are asked to prepare one short solo; they will also be asked to undertake sight-reading and aural tests. For audition information, please click the ‘Auditions’ tab above, or see the Choral Auditions page. For more information on the choir, please contact Isabelle Freeman.

Auditions

The Cambridge University Chamber Choir is delighted to announce a January 2022 audition round. Auditions will be carried out by the CUCC Musical Director, Martin Ennis, and Co-Director, David Lowe, and held at Downing College on January 29 and February 2. Singers who are new to the CUCC are asked to provide a reference from a Director of Music or singing teacher. You can register for an audition here.

Standard audition format for CUCC:

  • Prepare a short 3-5 minute solo (accompanist provided)
  • Sight reading
  • Ear tests
  • Vocal exercises (such as scales etc)

Auditions will be approximately 15 minutes long. Chamber Choir auditions will be held on Saturday January 29, 12pm – 2pm, and Wednesday February 2, 7pm – 9.30pm at Downing College.

Successful candidates will have the ability to read music well and hold their own in an ensemble. You can find more information about the Chamber Choir and FAQ’s here.

The Chamber Choir offers fantastic opportunities to singers who are looking to work in a friendly but demanding environment. By choosing a complex and diverse range of repertoire, the ensemble takes the university’s best choral singers and helps them achieve standards that exceed their expectations.

Programme information for the 2021-22 CUCC Season can be found here.

Please direct any queries to Isabelle Freeman.

     

    A Celebration of St Cecilia’s Day

    Harry Guthrie director

    St. Paul’s Church, Hills Road, Cambridge

    1:10-1:55pm

    FREE ADMISSION

    Cambridge University Chamber Choir, directed by Harry Guthrie, performs a programme of a cappella choral music in celebration of St Cecilia, the patron saint of music.  The programme is built round the ever-popular Hymn to St Cecilia by Benjamin Britten (who was born on St Cecilia’s Day in 1913), and it will include a selection of short works by composers ancient and modern (including Cecilia McDowall).  The concert will take place on Monday 22 November (St Cecilia’s Day), starting at 1.10 pm and ending by 1.55 pm.  Admission is free, but there will be a retiring collection to cover the costs of the Chamber Choir and to support St Paul’s Church.

    Please click here to download the digital programme for this event.