Choral Summer School

27 July – 2 August 2024 at St Catharine’s College

St Catharine's College

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Our choral summer schools are singing holidays with a difference. Join us for a six-day course (allowing for Sunday commitments of church musicians) immersed in glorious music and all the delights that Cambridge colleges have to offer. Based at St Catharine’s College in the heart of this historic city, we’ll sing in exquisite chapels under world-class directors, with candle-lit services, a formal dinner, a chauffeured punt down the River Cam, a choral wine-tasting – good music, good friends, good times.

This deep immersion in Cambridge choral life includes beautiful Evensongs and tranquil Complines with a repertoire of exquisite music spanning chant, psalmody, Renaissance polyphony, masterpieces of the 20th century and choral music from living composers. The ‘holiday’ element of the singing holiday includes free time for punting, museum visits and a chance to sample the wines from a college cellar.

Step out of your college room and enjoy…

  • Singing Evensong in glorious Cambridge College chapels, each with a different acoustic, organ and feel
  • Sing under world-class choral directors and organ scholars led by Dr Edward Wickham
  • A private viewing of historic manuscripts preserved in the University’s libraries
  • Gala Concert which friends and family are welcome to attend
  • Compline by candlelight – a tranquil end to a busy day
  • Chamber group work exploring selected pieces in more detail
  • Develop your voice with 1-2-1 singing lessons tailored to you
  • Nurture your vocal health with daily sessions from our specialist vocal coach to develop and sustain your voice
  • Exclusive workshops on consort singing and choral directing
  • Singing madrigals on a punting picnic on the River Cam
  • Formal dinner in a historic college dining room
  • All meals included and prepared by college chefs
  • Wines (and port) selected from the College cellars by the expert College wine steward

There will also be time to explore Cambridge for yourself, perhaps the most intensive square mile of choral singing in the world; and to visit the famous Fitzbillies tea shop, Jack’s Gelato and The Eagle pub, where Crick and Watson celebrated their discovery of DNA in the Cavendish laboratory across the road. Part of the fun is of course breaking bread together, and we’ll enjoy delicious food prepared by a team of St Catharine’s chefs and wines from the College cellar – plus the opportunity for warm camaraderie and building new friendships with people who share your passion for singing.

Repertoire: TBA

Dates: Sunday 27 July – Saturday 2 August 2025

Venue: St Catharine’s College

FEES: £1,895 (£1,495 non-residential)

Student Scholars: £1,000*

The choral summer school course fee includes full board for 6 nights in a Cambridge college, all tuition including a one-to-one singing lesson, welcome drinks reception, music hire and other activities. All rooms are en-suite, single occupancy, with bedding and towels provided. 

We have a limited number of double rooms so if you’d like to bring a partner along, there’s lots for them to do in Cambridge while you’re singing. They are welcome to join us for meals and social activities and attend evensongs and concerts. Non-singing guest fees: room-share £955, separate room £1450.

A limited number of Student Scholarships at £1,000 are available for singers aged 18-25yrs*. To apply, please email hello@cambridgechoral.com.

Applications: we will be seeking to create a balanced chamber choir. If you’re an experienced choral singer with good note-reading ability, this is the course for you! 

* Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer

Cambridge Chorał Academy is an independent organisation which contracts with Cambridge Colleges for the use of facilities. This event otherwise has no connection or association with the University of Cambridge or its Colleges

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