The mixed Chapel Choir is formed of twenty-four singers and two organ scholars. The choir is run by the organ scholars in conjunction with the Chaplain, and the services and concerts are conducted by Ralph Allwood, who is a Fellow Commoner of the College.
The Chapel Choir combines high quality music-making, ambitious and wide-ranging repertoire and commitment to detail with a friendly atmosphere and vibrant social life. The Choir sings two or three choral services each week during term, in addition to a busy schedule of additional events, such as Eucharist on Feast Days, Catholic Masses, Commemorations of Benefactors, wedding and memorial services, and a busy schedule of concerts and tours.
Concerts range from recitals in Cambridge, such as being one of the four choirs (along with King’s, St John’s and Trinity) to sing as part of the weekend visit of the Stanford and Howells Societies, to concerts in London, such as Mozart’s Requiem at St. Martin-in-the-Fields with the Brandenburg Sinfonia. Cathedral tours have included Canterbury Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Southwell Minster and Truro Cathedral, and tours abroad have included Hong Kong, New York, France, Sicily, Germany and Hungary in recent years.
The Choir has an ever-growing discography, with widespread critical acclaim for recent recordings Flight of Song, Songs of Heaven and Earth and For the Wings of a Dove, directed by Dr Silas Wollston.
The current Music List (Michaelmas 2017) is available to view.
See archive of past Music Lists.:
- Easter 2017
- Lent 2017
- Michaelmas 2016
- Easter 2016
- Lent 2016
- Michaelmas 2015
- Easter 2015
- Lent 2015
- Michaelmas 2014
“it would be hard to find more accomplished choral singing anywhere, I feel”
– Simon Mold, Organist’s Review
The choir welcomes applications for places this October from all voice parts. Please contact Dr Allwood by email.
Membership of Queens’ College Chapel Choir comes with many benefits:
- £100 per annum for Choral Scholars
- Free Formal Hall twice a week during term
- Free singing lessons (four in Michaelmas, four in Lent and two in Easter)
- Regular organised and subsidised social events (dinners, drinks etc.)
- Commercial recordings
- Regular solo opportunities in services and concerts
- Annual subsidised tours abroad
The John Clough Memorial Fund was kindly given in memory of John Clough (Organ Scholar 1970-73) for the purpose of promoting musical life in the College, specifically that of the College Choir. The fund currently provides up to £200 for the Senior Tutor and Dean of Chapel to allocate each year. Please contact the Tutorial Office for more information regarding this.
The regular weekly timetable is as follows, to which are added the additional concerts, services, tours, recitals and recordings:
Sunday 16:30 – 17:40 Rehearsal
18:00 – 19:00 Choral Evensong
19:30 – 20:30 Formal Hall, preceded by sherry with the Speaker
Wednesday 17:10 – 18:00 Rehearsal
18:15 – 18:45 Choral Evensong
19:30 – 20:30 Formal Hall
Friday 17:10 – 18:45 weekly rehearsal
21:00 – 21:30 Rehearsal
21:45 – 22:00 Choral Compline