Cambridge Choral Academy

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Singing Retreat, 5-7 April 2024

Stay in ensuite rooms in the iconic setting of King’s College, sing in three different College chapels, develop your voice and choral skills and enjoy a 3-course formal dinner with a friendly group of singers!

Limited places left!

St Catharine's College Cambridge

Summer School, 4-10 August 2024

A week of singing in glorious College chapels, staying in St Catharine’s in the heart of historic Cambridge, with Evensong, candle-lit Compline, educational talks, workshops, excursions and an indulgent formal dinner.

Fewer than 10 places left!

Choral singing

Epiphany Retreat, 3-5 Jan 2025

A cosy, candle-lit weekend Singing Retreat for Epiphany set in gorgeous Sidney Sussex College with a Twelfth Night Dinner and a feast of kingly repertoire.

Applications now OPEN!

Cambridge Choral Academy

Cambridge Choral Academy offer residential choral courses for adults: a singing holiday with a difference…

Experience the rich choral life of Cambridge from the inside – perhaps the most intensive square mile of choral singing on the planet! Staying in beautiful Cambridge colleges and singing in glorious historic chapels, these choral courses combine singing workshops with music education, vocal health sessions and warm camaraderie. We welcome singers from all over the world to sing Evensong and Compline services under world class choral directors, to tap into the expertise of leading musical academics and to immerse yourself in the life of this iconic choral capital.

Cambridge is home to choirs of international repute, chapels with sumptuous acoustics, and a wealth of musical expertise – a unique environment for choral singing and an excellent opportunity for professional development for choir leaders. If you have a passion for choral music, why not join us for a unique experience right in the heart of Cambridge? Our repertoire spans early music, chant and Tudor music right through to living choral composers. 

Cambridge Choral Academy choral courses are also a chance to join a community of like-minded friends founded on a love for choral music – or to get together with existing singing friends for some quality time away.  Good music, good food and wine, and good company!




“The best singing week I’ve been to – and I’ve done a few in my time!”

“Exceeded every possible expectation”

There is no music-making like at Cambridge”

“An amazing experience and I enjoyed every minute”

“Lovely to experience staying in a college in Cambridge”

“For someone who is usually extremely shy, I felt at ease very quickly and actually really loved meeting everybody on the course… A weekend I will never forget.”

“A wonderful weekend of learning and music making. It was unforgettable. I’ll definitely be recommending it to my fellow choir members”

Choral Summer Schools

 4-10 August 2024 at St Catharine’s College


Our Choral Summer Schools for adults are a very special, week-long immersion in Cambridge choral life, singing in a range of college chapels under different directors.  We’ll enjoy beautiful Evensongs and tranquil Complines with a repertoire of exquisite music spanning chant, psalmody, renaissance polyphony, luminous masterpieces of the 20th century and choral music from living composers.  A week in Cambridge wouldn’t be complete without tasting wines from the college cellars, punting and a pint in the famous Eagle pub… join us?

Singing Retreats

Next course: 5-7 April 2024 at King’s College

Our Singing  Retreats are short residential choral courses offering the chance to spend an inspiring weekend in a Cambridge college, singing glorious music in glorious chapels. You’ll enjoy good food and wine, and meeting new friends who share your passion for choral music.  Great music, great food and great company await you!

Experience this extraordinary world from the inside…


We will be seeking to create a balanced chamber choir.  Applicants should be experienced choral singers with good note-reading ability. 

A limited number of student scholarships are available.



“Fantastic weekend. I’m still on such a choral high and can’t stop smiling …and singing!”

“A wonderful weekend of learning and music making. It was unforgettable”

“It’s wonderful that this shared love of music and singing can bring strangers together so quickly”

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