Cambridge Choral Academy

Residential choral courses in the most intensive square mile of choral music on the planet. Experience this extraordinary world from the inside...
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.

3 places left – first come, first served!

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Epiphany Retreat, 3-5 Jan 2025

 A cosy, candle-lit weekend Singing Retreat for Epiphany, set in gorgeous Sidney Sussex College. We’ll bring light to the dark days of winter with warm camaraderie, singing Evensong and Compline services with a feast of kingly repertoire., and sharing a Twelfth Night Dinner together. 


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Singing Retreat, 28-30 March 2025

Join us for a spring weekend of exquisite music-making at the home of the Pepys Library, staying in picturesque Magdalene College, perched on the banks of the River Cam. Sing services in historic college chapels under world-class choral directors, and meet new friends who share your love of singing!



Cambridge Choral Academy choral courses are an opportunity to experience life as a Cambridge choral scholar – with a touch of indulgence: 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. Our daily voice training will help you to develop and sustain your voice.

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”

“I have never done anything like this and was overwhelmed by the beauty of the music in these settings.”

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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