Choral Auditions

Cambridge University Symphony Chorus Auditions 

Standard audition format for CUSC:

The audition is very friendly and lasts about eight minutes. The audition is carried out by the Musical Director, Richard Wilberforce, or his assistant. You will be asked some of the following:

  • Sing some scales and/or arpeggios to demonstrate vocal range and quality.
  • Sing a short melody: the melody will be played twice on the piano first.
  • Complete some simple ear tests: e.g. picking out a note from a chord.
  • Pitch some basic intervals.
  • Sing a short passage at sight: an opportunity for a ‘second go’ is offered, credit being given for the ability to correct at a subsequent reading.

In addition, for Michaelmas term you will be asked to prepare this short piece. Auditions will be held periodically throughout the term. You can sign up for an audition here.

If you have any questions please email Liz and Bridget at

CU Symphony Chorus usually rehearses weekly on Thursday nights 7.30pm – 9.45pm during the university term in St Paul’s Church, Hills Road.

Come & Sing

The university’s “big choir”, the Cambridge University Symphony Chorus, invites you to an open rehearsal this Thursday at 19.30 in St Paul’s Church, Hills Road. We’ll be singing pieces from our upcoming concert, including Ralph Vaughan Williams’ masterful Mass in G minor for double choir, as well as William Walton’s exhilarating Coronation Te Deum. Whether you’re a choral scholar or an instrumentalist, a composer or a musicologist, nothing quite compares to singing large-scale symphonic choral repertoire with a hundred others, and if you don’t believe us, why not dust off your vocal chords and give it a try! If you’d like more information, email . CUSC: we sing big works in big buildings

Cambridge University Chamber Choir Auditions

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. In recent years, Martin Ennis and his co-directors have steered the choir from strength to strength with fantastic performances of works as diverse as Tallis’s 40-part motet Spem in alium, reconstructions of polychoral Venetian masterpieces (with historic-brass ensembles from several conservatoires around the UK) and Stravinsky Les Noces. Programme information for the 2021-22 CUCC Season can be found here.

Auditions have now closed, but please register your interest in joining CUCC with Isabelle Freeman.