Choral Scholarships

If you are interested in learning more about joining the Choir, please contact the Aliki Vatikioti Organ Scholar, Robin Pillinger, or Dr Ralph Allwood who would both be delighted to provide more information, discuss entry into the Choir and arrange an audition or informal meeting as you wish.

There are three endowed choral scholarships in the Choir, donated through the generosity of alumni:

The Estelle Choral Choral Scholarship: vacant (previous Scholar, Michaela Higham)

The Aliki Vatikioti Choral Scholarship: vacant (previous Scholar, Helen Barker)

The Cleevely Choral Scholarship: Susie Neave (current Scholar)

All choral scholars in the Choir receive the same renumeration, in line with the University Choral Awards.

We also have endowed one instrumental scholarships:

The Michael Williamson Instrumental Scholarship: Tamir Smith (current Scholar)


During term time, the choir sings three services per week in the college chapel. The main evensongs on Sundays and Wednesdays involve the full choir and organists, while choral comlines on Friday evenings provide an opportunity for smaller ensembles performing acapella. The regular weekly timetable is as follows, to which are added the additional concerts, services, tours and recitals.

Day Time Activity
Sunday 16:30 - 17:45 Rehearsal
  18:00 - 19:00 Choral Evensong
  19:30 - 20:30 Rehearsal
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
   20:15 - 20:45  Rehearsal
   21:00 - 21:30  Choral Compline


Membership benefits

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
  • Regular organised and subsidised social events
  • Recordings
  • Solo opportunities in services and concerts
  • 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, normally for musical tuition, courses or travel costs related to musical pursuits. Please contact the Tutorial Office for more information regarding this.

Tour to Angers and Paris 2016 (photo: Anna Thomas)