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The University of Cambridge hosts an annual event – the Cambridge Choral Experience – for students from non-fee-paying secondary schools who are interested finding out more about what it means to sing in a collegiate choir at the University.  The days offer a unique insight into the Cambridge choral system, an opportunity to sing with current Cambridge choral scholars and mentoring from world-renowned choral directors, Ralph Allwood MBE (Queens’ College) and Sarah MacDonald (Selwyn College). The 2017 open days will run from 9.00am to 5.00pm on Saturday 24 June (for students in Years 7-10) and Sunday 25 June (for students in Years 11-13) at St John’s College.

Applications for the Choral Experience will be accepted from Monday 24 April until Friday 9 June, and participants will be sent details of the event following their acceptance at least a week in advance. There's no cost for participants beyond the cost of travel to Cambridge.

See the documents in the right-hand margin for more details; and for the application form, click here.

For further enquiries, contact director Edward Wickham,, or administrator Alexander Ho,


Key Dates


Vocal Assessment application deadline

15 OCT

University of Cambridge Undergraduate applications deadline

15 FEB

Choral Trials application deadline

Choral Award Open Day

29 APR

The next Choral Awards Open Day will take place on Saturday, 29 April 2017.



Co-ordinators of the Inter-Collegiate Choral Awards Scheme:

Dr Mark Gotham, Churchill College

Dr Daniel Trocmé-Latter, Homerton College
T 01223 747171