Choral and instrumental awards

Peterhouse offers many opportunities for you to develop your own musical abilities and interests, and to work with an established, enthusiastic and successful choir. Choral and Instrumental Awards are offered through the University of Cambridge central competition and we welcome applications from all. We also offer a limited number of Choral Exhibitions to those who wish to join the Choir once they have arrived in Cambridge in early October. Please contact the Director of Music for more information on auditioning for Peterhouse Choir.

If you join the Choir, you will find plenty of scope for refining your skills of general musicianship, as well as for developing particular talents – both in a regular liturgical context and in special events such as College Concerts. The choir sings Choral Evensong twice weekly throughout Full Term, on Sundays and Fridays. Each service is preceded by a 90 minute rehearsal. In addition to the regular services, there is a variety of other choral services in Chapel: the annual Commemoration of Benefactors service, a termly Sung Eucharist and the Advent Carol Service amongst them. The Choir also sings grace in Hall for College Feasts.

Choral Scholars and Exhibitioners enjoy a number of benefits and opportunities: Choral Scholarships have not only a financial value, but also entitle the holder to free singing lessons with professional teachers. In addition, choir practices are always followed by Formal Hall at College expense. Choir meals are traditionally convivial occasions and are supplemented by several black tie dinners during the course of the year. The Choir goes on regular national and international tours, most recently to Belgium and Iceland, and these are generously subsidised by the College.

If you play the organ, you may be interested in applying to Peterhouse as an Organ Scholar.

The College also has a thriving Music Society, and is home to Camerata Musica, a series of chamber concerts performed by some of the world’s leading professional musicians. Undergraduates are encouraged to apply for the University’s Instrumental Awards scheme. Successful applicants receive financial support and a bursary towards instrumental lessons. Thanks to the sponsorship of Camerata Musica, undergraduates are also able to apply for a Peterhouse Music Award.

Our Director of Music, Dr Simon Jackson, is always happy to receive enquiries about joining Peterhouse Chapel Choir or interested in learning more about an Instrumental Award at Cambridge. Please contact him with any questions about the application process or to arrange a visit.