Singing Retreat

10-12 September 2021

at Peterhouse College


We’re so looking forward to welcoming you for a nurturing weekend of music-making together – food for the soul and a tonic after the long silence.  Join us for our first Singing Retreat retreat this September: a weekend of musical indulgence and choral therapy in the glorious college chapels of Cambridge University.

Set in Peterhouse, one of Cambridge’s oldest colleges in the heart of this glorious city, participants will have the opportunity to make music in some of Cambridge’s finest chapels, relax in college gardens, and enjoy great food and great company.

Each of our retreats includes full group and chamber choir sessions, coaching on singing technique, historical and repertorial expertise; and liturgical performances in college chapels.

Cambridge Choral Singing Retreats offer the opportunity to immerse yourself in this world; with accommodation in one of the historic colleges, opportunities to sing in college chapels under the direction of experienced choral directors from the Oxbridge tradition, and complementary cultural and educational talks, it’s also a chance to meet new friends who share a passion for singing.

Here’s a taster of the music we’ll be exploring: a Cambridge-flavoured blog from CCA Director Dr Edward Wickham – not for vegetarians…!

Experience this extraordinary world from the inside: step out of your college room and enjoy….

  • Accommodation in the stunning setting of  Peterhouse
  • Welcome drinks on the lawn, where you will have the opportunity to meet the other participants and the weekend tutors and staff
  • Iconic Cambridge college chapels, each with a different acoustic, feel and organ
  • Singing Evensong and Compline under leading choral directors from Cambridge colleges
  • Vocal health sessions to develop and sustain your voice
  • Saturday night formal dinner in college hall with fine wines from a college cellar
  • Complementary cultural and educational talks with academic specialists to give context and insights

We will be seeking to create a balanced chamber choir.  Applicants should be experienced choral singers with good note-reading ability. Applications should be supported by a referee (e.g. your choral director or singing teacher) and statement of experience.

Dates: Friday 10 – Sunday 12 September 2021

Venue: Peterhouse College

FEES: £695 full board, £495 non-residential

The course fee includes full board for 2 nights, all tuition, welcome reception, music hire, 3-course formal dinner with private dining and other activities.  All rooms are single occupancy. 

Cambridge Choral Academy will comply with all COVID-19 guidance in place at the time of the course.

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