Cambridge University Chamber Choir (CUCC)

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 Orchestra 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 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 Katharine Ambrose at kla39@cam.ac.uk.

2017-18 Programme:

On Thursday 21 November 2017, the choir, alongside Cambridge University Collegium Musicum, will perform Purcell’s Come Ye Sons of Art and Hail, Bright Cecilia, directed by Nicholas Mulroy and Margaret Faultless at West Road Concert Hall.

On Saturday 27 January 2018, the choir will join forces with some of Cambridge’s top College choirs for Verdi’s Requiem, conducted by Jac van Steen in King’s College Chapel.

On Tuesday 20 February 2018, the choir will perform as part of the Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert series, directed by Nicholas Mulroy, in St John’s Divinity School.

On Thursday 13 March 2018, members of the choir will take part in a semi-staged performance of Handel’s Acis and Galatea with Cambridge University Collegium Musicum, directed by Nicholas Mulroy and Margaret Faultless in the Senate House.

On Friday 20 April 2018, the choir will perform secular works by Brahms, directed by Martin Ennis, as part of the Cambridge Brahms Festival, in St Columba’s Church. 

For more information on upcoming concerts please visit our What’s On page.

 
 

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Cambridge University Musical Society
West Road Concert Hall
11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP
Principal Guest Conductor
Sir Roger Norrington CBE
CUMS Conductor Laureate
Stephen Cleobury CBE
Director, Cambridge University Chamber Choir
Martin Ennis
Artistic Advisor
Sian Edwards
Associate Directors, Cambridge University Chamber Choir
David Lowe, Nicholas Mulroy