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: 4:45 pm rehearsal for 6:00 pm Choral Evensong
Wednesdays: 5.15pm rehearsal for 6.30pm termly concerts and additional Services
Thursdays: 6:00 - 7:00 pm rehearsal (for upcoming music)
Fridays: 5:15 pm rehearsal for 6:30 pm 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: Cosi Ballance, Sofia Clini, Saskia Frisby, Emma Grainger, (Choral Scholar), Alexandra La Guardia, Lily Guenault, Rachel Haworth (Music Administrator).
Altos: Charlotte Bailey, Hannah Bostock, Octavia Henderson-Cleland, Hugh Rowlands (Junior Organ Scholar).
Tenors: Jacob Henstridge, Jack Yates.
Baritones: Tim Fairbairn (Senior Choral Scholar), Calum Urquhart.
Basses: Jim Cooper (Senior Organ Scholar), Mark Thornton, Ollie Winters.
SENIOR CHORAL SCHOLAR
Tim Fairbairn is in his third year at Sidney studying History. Born in Ealing, Tim began his singing career as a chorister at Westminster Abbey aged 8, where he sang for five years. Aside from the weekly cycle of eight services, and regular concerts, recordings, and live broadcasts, highlights of his time at the Abbey included singing for the state visits of Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 and Barak Obama in 2011, and the wedding of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in April 2011. He has performed at the BBC Proms as a semi-chorus soloist in Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied in 2011 under the baton of Edward Gardner and in the Knabenchor for Mahler’s 8th Symphony at the First Night in 2010. After moving to Tonbridge, where he now lives, Tim attended the King’s School, Canterbury, with both a Music and King’s Scholarship. In his time there, he sang in the school’s Crypt Choir and chamber choir (‘Madrigalia’), and also achieved Grade 8s on ‘cello and piano. Since 2016, he has been a baritone choral scholar at Sidney, and is also a member of the Cambridge University Chamber Choir and the Rodolfus Choir. While not singing, Tim can usually be found on a committee, as the Treasurer of SSCSU in 2017 and the 2018 President of the Sidney Sussex June Event.
After studying organ and piano at the Junior Department of the Royal Northern College of Music, Rachel went on to become Organ Scholar at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where she also studied English. After graduating in 2015, Rachel spent a year as Assistant Organist at Sidney Sussex before going on to work with Graham Ross and John Rutter as the Choir Administrator of Clare College Choir, Cambridge. As a freelance accompanist and soprano in her spare time, Rachel has recorded under the Naxos, Resonus Classics, Harmonia Mundi and The Gift of Music record labels. Alongside her role of Music Administrator at Sidney Sussex, Rachel teaches organ and piano at The Leys School in Cambridge and has recently started singing professionally in London. Please do not hesitate to contact Rachel with any questions about the Choir on: +441223 761676 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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