Cambridge Choral Academy Singing Retreat 5-7 April 2024

DRAFT SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Friday 5 April

Time  Activity Place
1400 Check in – leave bags in rooms and come to St Catharine’s King’s Porters’ Lodge
Rooms in Keynes Building
  • Register  
  • Welcome drinks 
  • Make your own name badge
Ramsden Room

St Catharine’s College

  • Warm-up
  • Rehearsal
St Catharine’s College Chapel
1800-1900  DINNER St Catharine’s Dining Hall
1915-2015 Compline rehearsal and allocate small groups St Catharine’s Chapel
2030 Compline with Edward Wickham
Psalm 107.1-14
Tallis  Dorian Service (Nunc dimittis)
Wood This joyful Eastertide
St Catharine’s Chapel
2100  Desert Island Discs St Catharine’s Chapel
2130  Drinks (optional if you’re not ready for bed!) St Catharine’s Bar  (TBC)


Saturday 6 April

Time  Activity Place

Breakfast at King’s for residents



Vocal health session with Helen Groves

St Catharine’s Chapel


Choral rehearsal with Edward and Helen
Group photo

St Catharine’s Chapel


Break/Coffee with home-made biscuits



Small group sessions: Edward, Helen and Carlos 

St Catharine’s Chapel, Music Room and A2

1200-1245 Behind the Music: Plainchant and Polyphony
Edward Wickham

Ramsden Room, St Catharine’s College 

1300-1330 LUNCH (to finish at 1.30)  St Catharine’s Dining Hall
1330-1430  Explore King’s Chapel  King’s College Chapel
1430-1600 Free time:

  • Explore Cambridge/punting
  • Rest & relaxation
  • Try out some repertoire with your small group
  • Fitzwilliam Museum
  • Change into Evensong/Formal Hall dress
1600-1730 Choral rehearsal for Evensong: Andrew Reid Pembroke Chapel
1800-1845 Evensong dir. Andrew Reid
(Rev’d Ally Barrett presiding)

Smith Responses
Psalm 145.1-7
Canticles: Tallis – Dorian Service
Anthem: Tallis – Candidi facti sunt
Hymn: Christ the Lord is risen again! (NEH 105)
Organ voluntary 
Pembroke Chapel
1900-2100 FORMAL HALL (with sung grace) The Old Library,
Pembroke College 
2130 Informal small groups/”bangers” St Catharine’s Chapel
2200 Drinks or bed Ante-chapel

Sunday 7 April

Time  Activity Place
0815-090 Check out of rooms and return keys to Porters’ Lodge by 9.30 am. Luggage can be left in allocated room at Bene’t St. King’s Porters’ Lodge
0900-0930 Breakfast for residents: tea/coffee/patisserie, fruit SCR, St Catharine’s
0930-1000 Notices
Vocal health session with Helen
St Catharine’s Chapel
1000-1100 Choral rehearsal with Edward and Helen St Catharine’s Chapel
1100-1130 Break/coffee tea and homemade biscuits SCR, St Catharine’s
1130-1200 Small groups sessions with Edward, Helen and Carlos St Catharine’s Chapel, A2 and Music Room
1200-1300 BRUNCH King’s College Dining Hall 
1300-1400 Directing Workshop with Graham Ross
Meet Trinity Organ – with Harrison Cole, former Organ Scholar at Trinity College
Trinity College Chapel 
1400-1445 Free time

  • Explore King’s Chapel
  • Rest & relaxation
1445-1615 Choral rehearsal for Evensong with Graham Ross Clare College Chapel
1630-1715 Evensong dir: Graham Ross
(Rev’d Ally Barrett presiding)

Smith Responses  
Psalm 85
Canticles: J.B. Dykes in F
Anthem: Hadley – My beloved spake
Hymn: Now is eternal life (NEH 114)
Organ voluntary – Harrison Cole
Clare College Chapel
1715-1800 Closing drinks – a pint in The Eagle!
NB: Food is available for separate purchase at The Eagle if you’re not in a hurry to get away
The Eagle Pub, Bene’t Street


1800 CLOSE
Please collect luggage by 6.30pm from the allocated room on Bene’t St. To arrange a taxi direct from The Eagle, call (01223) 715715


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