Cambridge University Chamber Choir (CUCC) is a recent addition to the CUMS ‘family’ of ensembles. Directed by Martin Ennis and David Lowe, the mission of the ensemble is to provide the best student singers with the opportunity to perform repertoire that is not usually undertaken by Cambridge chapel choirs to the highest possible standard.
As a result of such an aim, CUCC places an emphasis on secular music rather than sacred and looks at repertoire that offers singers the chance to appear as soloists or in small groups. Although the new chamber choir often performs a cappella or accompanied by only keyboard instruments, it also performs on a regular basis with groups such as CUCO and the Faculty of Music’s Collegium Musicum (a period-instrument ensemble directed by Margaret Faultless).
The chamber choir is a fantastic opportunity for singers who are looking to work in a more intimate environment. Through choosing such 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. David Lowe and Martin Ennis have steered the choir from strength to strength with fantastic performances of works such as Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Tallis’ outstanding 40-part motet Spem in Alium.
For more information on the choir please contact the Choir Aministrator, Rhiannon Randle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday 16 January 2016, the choir will join forces with the choirs of Jesus, Selwyn and Trinity Colleges and
members of CUMS Chorus for Act I of Verdi’s Otello, conducted by Richard Farnes in King’s College Chapel.
On Saturday 5 March 2016, the choir will perform a concert of ‘Shakespeare in music’; a programme of solo songs and part
songs, to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. The concert will be conducted by guest director, Tim Brown.
For more information on both of these concerts please visit our What’s On page.