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.
Auditions typically take place at the start of the academic year, though expressions of interest from experienced singers are always welcome. Those wishing to audition are asked to prepare one short solo; they will also be asked to undertake sight-reading and aural tests. For more information on the choir, please contact Katharine Ambrose.
Auditions for the 2020-21 season are now closed. Details will be available on this page once Auditions are open for the next academic year.
If you would like to register your interest in the choir, please do not hesitate to email Katharine Ambrose.