Choral auditions

Cambridge University Symphony Chorus Auditions 

Lent Term 2020

Auditions will be held as follows, at Pembroke College Chapel:

Sunday 19 January 2020:    11.30am – 1.00pm

To arrange an audition, prospective members need to register here. Prospective members will then be contacted by the Registrar to arrange a time.

The audition is very friendly and lasts about eight minutes. The audition is carried out by the Musical Director, Richard Wilberforce, or his assistant. You will be asked some of the following:

  • Sing some scales and/or arpeggios to demonstrate vocal range and quality.
  • Sing a short melody: the melody will be played twice on the piano first.
  • Complete some simple ear tests: e.g. picking out a note from a chord.
  • Pitch some basic intervals.
  • Sing a short passage at sight: an opportunity for a ‘second go’ is offered, credit being given for the ability to correct at a subsequent reading.

In addition, you will be  asked to prepare a short piece from the chorus’s current repertoire – plenty of warning will be given about this and the music will be made available well in advance.

CU Symphony Chorus rehearses weekly on Thursday nights 7.30pm – 9.45pm during the university term in St Paul’s Church, Hills Road.

CU Symphony Chorus Open Rehearsals
Come along to the CU Symphony Chorus open rehearsal to find out more about the ensemble:

Thursday, 16 January 2020 at 7.30 pm
St Paul’s Church, Hills Road

Cambridge University Chamber Choir Auditions 

Auditions for the Cambridge University Chamber Choir will take place in Freshers’ Week 2019. The sign-up form will be live shortly. If you have any questions about the Chamber Choir, please contact Ellie Hargreaves:


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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
Artistic Advisor
Sian Edwards
Director, Cambridge University Symphony Chorus
Richard Wilberforce
Director, Cambridge University Chamber Choir
Martin Ennis
Associate Directors, Cambridge University Chamber Choir
David Lowe, Nicholas Mulroy