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.
2014-2015 highlights include:
- 24th October 2014 Verdi Requiem with Cambridge College Choirs, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and professional soloists, conducted by Andrew Nethsingha (Royal Albert Hall, London).
- Tuesday 28th October Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert Series – ‘Chiesa e Piazza’. A programme of Monteverdi madrigals and motets from Selva Morale e Spirituale conducted by Nick Mulroy.
- 17th January 2015 Dvořák Symphony No.8 and Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra, members of CUMS Symphony Orchestra, Cambridge College Choirs, members of CUMS Chorus and professional soloists, conducted by Howard Shelley (King’s College Chapel).
- 6th February 2015 The Lion and the Lance: From Venice to Leipzig. Works by Bach, Schein and Gabrieli with Cambridge University Collegium Musicum, Historic Woodwind of the Royal Academy of Music, London and Historic Brass of the Combined Conservatoires, conducted by Martin Ennis (St John’s College Chapel).
- 7th February 2015 The Lion and the Lance: From Venice to Leipzig. Works by Bach, Schein and Gabrieli with Cambridge University Collegium Musicum, Historic Woodwind of the Royal Academy of Music, London and Historic Brass of the Combined Conservatoires, conducted by Martin Ennis (Girton College Great Hall).
- 9th May 2015 Brahms Gesang der Parzen, Brahms Nänie, Prokofiev Symphony No.1 Classical Symphony, Peter Yarde-Martin New Work (CUMS Joint Composer-in-Residence) and Kodály Dances of Galánta with Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Carlos Izcaray (West Road Concert Hall).
For more information on the choir please contact their secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org