The Choir is a friendly and welcoming community which maintains consistently high musical standards. We are seeking applicants for all voice types, up to a maximum of three per voice part for each year. Choral Scholars receive an annual stipend in line with the University Choral Scholarships scheme, and free singing lessons. Other perks include free national and international tours, Choir formals, and a number of social events throughout the academic year. For further information, please contact the Director of Music or visit the following websites:
Sidney is an ideal choir for those who cannot commit to a daily singing routine, but are still keen to make music at the highest level and take part in annual tours and commercial recordings. The regular term-time commitments are as follows:
Sundays: 4:45pm rehearsal for 6:00pm Choral Evensong
Wednesdays: 5.15pm rehearsal for 6.30pm Latin Choral Vespers
Thursdays: 5:30 - 7:00pm rehearsal (for upcoming music)
Fridays: 5:15pm rehearsal for 6:30pm Choral Evensong
Free formal hall is offered on Fridays and Sundays. Extra rehearsals are occasionally arranged at the beginning of the academic year, and for recordings, tours, and special College events.
Sopranos: Cosima Ballance, Kate Foxton, Saskia Frisby, Emma Grainger, MinJee Kim, Laura Mullaly
Altos: Charlotte Bailey, Anna Behrens, Persephone Bell, Annika Maus (Music Administrator), Tristan Selden
Tenors: David Cotter, Thomas Hillman, Jonathan Jolly, Richard Walmsley
Baritones: Benjamin Porteous, Calum Urquhart
Basses: Theodore Gill, Mark Thornton (Senior Choral Scholar)
Senior Organ Scholar: Hugh Rowlands
Graduate Organ Scholar: Jack Wilson
SENIOR CHORAL SCHOLAR
Mark Thornton is in his fourth year at Sidney studying Natural Sciences. Mark began his singing career at the Royal Grammar School Guildford, singing in three different choirs. Highlights of this time included singing evensongs in Trinity College Chapel and Chichester Cathedral, and performing concerts at venues including the Sagrada Familia. Mark also achieved Grade 8s on clarinet and piano while at school. Mark played first clarinet for Surrey County Youth Wind Orchestra and Guildford Youth Symphony Orchestra which included playing at the Royal Albert Hall. Since 2016, he has been a bass Choral Scholar at Sidney and has also performed with the University Chamber Choir for Verdi’s requiem in King’s Chapel. In his free time, Mark is likely to be found on a committee, for example SSCSU or Sidney Sussex June Event 2018, or playing mixed lacrosse for the University.
After studying Psychology as an undergraduate in Heidelberg, Germany, Annika went on to do a Masters in Child Development at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Alongside her role as Music Administrator at Sidney Sussex, Annika is involved in projects around children’s development and education and enjoys spending time playing the violin and singing in different orchestras and choirs in Cambridge. Please do not hesitate to contact Annika with any questions about the Choir on MusicAdministrator@sid.cam.ac.uk I +44 1223 761676.
Fionn, third year Music and Tenor
Before I came to Sidney, I didn't have much experience with chapel choirs - I had sung in various school ensembles, and had some experience as a singer/songwriter. Being part of Sidney Choir is really fulfilling - it's a big commitment, but it's also a lot of fun. I've made some great friends, and my first tour to Rome was incredible. I've also been given the opportunity to have one of my compositions performed in a service, which as a young composer is very exciting for me. I would recommend joining the choir if you're interested in experiencing a very high level of musicianship on a regular basis.
Laurence, third year Music and
Applying for an Organ Scholarship at Sidney is one of the best decisions I have ever made. In my three years here, I’ll have been on tours to Australia, Dubai, USA, Spain, Italy, Germany and more, and played or sung at Carnegie Hall, Westminster Abbey and numerous other venues. When people join the Choir they frequently talk of how friendly the atmosphere is compared to others in which they have sung.
The commitment for an Organ Scholar is undoubtedly substantial, but not overwhelming. With two Organ Scholars, good forward-planning and a healthy slice of motivation, the workload is easily manageable. What has surprised me is just how quickly I’ve improved, and how quickly the nerves have disappeared. I’ve recently been described as “cool as a cucumber”. I think the time commitment to quality of singing ratio is probably one of the best in Cambridge.
Being part of Sidney Choir has been a very enriching experience. The sound we make when the whole choir is singing together feels like so much more than just the combination of individual voices; it has a life and energy of its own. There’s a connection with the past, being part of a service whose words remain comfortingly the same and which includes pieces that have been sung for hundreds of years but sound new and unique each time we sing them. The Choir is a really lovely community - to be part of it is not only a privilege, it is also a pleasure