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 Chamber Orchestra (CUCO) 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 Chamber Orchestra in works by Vaughan Williams, Nielsen, Stravinsky and Brahms, pioneering performances of Venetian polychoral music, and participation in The Cardinall’s Musick’s 25th-anniversary performance of Tallis’s 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 the Choir Administrator, Rhiannon Randle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday 12 November 2016, the choir will join forces with several top College choirs for Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, conducted by Mark Williams in Ely Cathedral.
On Monday 28 November 2016, the choir will perform a concert of motets by Bach and Buxtehude conducted by Tim Brown in Clare College Chapel.
On Saturday 21 January 2017, members of the choir will join forces with some of Cambridge’s top College choirs and members of CUMS Chorus for Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, conducted by Paul Daniel in King’s College Chapel.
On Friday 3 and Saturday 4 February 2017, the choir will perform J. S. Bach’s St John Passion, conducted by Martin Ennis, with Cambridge University Collegium Musicum (directed by Margaret Faultless) and Nicholas Mulroy (Evangelist).
On Tuesday 21 February 2017, the choir will perform a programme of motets by Brahms and Schütz (Songs of Farewell) conducted by Nicholas Mulroy in St John’s College Divinity School.
For more information on upcoming concerts please visit our What’s On page.