Cambridge Choral Academy and Singing Retreats and Choral Summer Schools are an opportunity to immerse yourself in the choral life of one of the choral capitals of the world.  

Staying in world-famous Cambridge colleges, we sing services in a variety of chapels under music directors and organ scholars of the university, dine in halls steeped in history and relax in the beautiful gardens. 

We explore repertoire ranging from plainchant through Renaissance polyphony to the great choral composers of modern times, and exploring contemporary work from figures who are part of Cambridge’s living and working choral life today.   

Our modus operandi is singing in chamber choirs rather than massed voices, with a chance to work in smaller groups to explore repertoire at your own pace with like-minded singers.

This is a time to relax and indulge a little. There’s a focus on nurturing both mind and body, with musical insights from academics, and sessions on vocal health to build resilience and sustainability.  As well as the well-known therapeutic qualities of making music as individuals, we believe that singing together is the “stuff of life”, building human connections, communities and friendships in a way that can last a lifetime. 

And when we are not singing, there are opportunities for punting on the river Cam, museum visits, a chance to sample the wines from a college cellar – and of course a visit to Cambridge would not be complete without a pint at The Eagle pub (opened in 1667), where Crick and Watson interrupted patrons’ lunchtime on 28 February 1953 to announce that they had “discovered the secret of life”, after coming up with their proposal for the structure of DNA at the Cavendish laboratory, then across the road.

We think you’ll find this a truly special singing experience –  join our mailing list to stay up to date with planned courses. 

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