Chapel Choir

Alexander Knight – ak804@cam.ac.uk

Queens’ College Chapel choir is both one of the leading and friendliest mixed-voice ensembles in Cambridge. The choir is made up of a combination of Choral Scholars and volunteers, who are appointed by informal audition in October, as well as two organ scholars, all under the leadership of the Director of Music, Dr Silas Wollston (sw573@cam.ac.uk), and with the assistance of Ralph Allwood (Eton Choral Courses). There are choral services on Wednesdays and Sundays, as well as two Compline services on a Monday at some point each term, with an additional rehearsal each Friday. Rehearsals are timed to avoid clashing with academic commitments, so it is possible for students studying any subject to sing in the choir and most students find that choir fits very easily into their weekly routine.

There are plenty of perks and social events to repay the commitment made to the choir. There is free Formal Hall (a three-course, table service dinner) after every evensong (seriously worth having!) and the college pays for every choir member to have an individual singing lesson every two weeks with Nicola-Jane Kemp (http://www.nicolajanekemp.co.uk/). In recent years the choir has travelled to Hong Kong, New York, France, Germany, Southern Italy and Belgium. The Choir’s CD recordings, including And Comes the Day, Flight of Song, Songs of Heaven and Earth and Love and Honour, have attracted widespread critical acclaim. The most recent recording, ‘And Comes the Day’ was described by Sony Music’s Ariama.com as ‘uniformly excellent’.

Applicants need not necessarily be highly experienced – potential and willingness to learn are as highly prized as proven ability so if in doubt, audition! For more information about the choir or to arrange an audition contact Alexander Knight (Senior Organ Scholar) at ak804@cam.ac.uk and visit our website www.queenscollegechoir.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke Chapman
Luke Chapman,
Sports, Societies and Entertainments Officer