Cambridge Choral Academy

Experience this extraordinary world from the inside...

Cambridge Choral Academy

 Residential choral courses for adults: our UK choral summer schools and weekend Singing Retreats
offer a singing holiday with a difference…

Early Bird Discount: save 10% on our Choral Summer School 2024

Cambridge Choral Academy’s residential choral courses are a chance to experience the rich choral life of Cambridge UK from the inside. Staying in beautiful Cambridge colleges and singing in glorious historic chapels, these choral courses offer an enriching combination of singing workshops, 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. If you have a passion for choral music, why not join us for a unique experience on one of our residential choral  courses right in the heart of Cambridge, including complementary cultural and educational talks and visits.  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!

“This weekend has been an amazing experience and I have enjoyed every minute. Particularly enjoyed the small group singing.”

“So much energy and lots of excellent tips. And all the singing! Whole course really well organised!”

“Lovely to experience staying in a college in Cambridge”

“I also really enjoyed the formal dinner, the food, wine and port were delicious! And, for someone who is usually extremely shy, I felt at ease very quickly and actually really loved meeting everybody on the course; tutors and fellow course attendees alike. 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

 29 July – 5 August 2023 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: 14-16 April 2023 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 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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