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. We will be awarding Choral and Instrumental Awards through the University of Cambridge central competition and we welcome applications from all. The College will continue to offer Choral Exhibitions to those who join the Choir when already in residence.

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.

A wide range of benefits and opportunities is on offer to members of the Choir, through the College’s active support. The majority of the Choir are given Choral Awards, whether through the competition prior to entrance or Exhibitions when already in residence. These have a financial value and 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 under the musical direction of its Organ Scholars 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.

Potential applicants are encouraged to address preliminary enquiries to the Organ Scholars and are always welcome to attend a Peterhouse service or rehearsal; alternatively you can contact the Dean, Revd Dr Stephen Hampton.