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PLEASE NOTE: Our Open Day on 24 April 2021 will be held online. It will consist of a pre-recorded short film (available from 24 April 2021), and a live webinar at 2-3.30pm, for which, no sign-up is required, the link will be made available on this page shortly.

Choral Awards, Choral Exhibitions, Choral Studentships, and Choral Scholarships all indicate the same thing - the music award held by a student in a Cambridge chapel choir, usually referred to as a 'Choral Scholar'. There are various different official names for Choral Awards depending on the history and statutes of the individual College concerned. Most Cambridge choirs consist of a combination of Choral Award-holders and volunteers. 

What is expected of a Choral Award-holder? 

Choral Award-holders are required to sing in the choir of their College chapel, attending regular rehearsals and services. Most Colleges also expect Choral Award-holders to play an active role in College music-making. The responsibilities of Choral Award-holders vary greatly from College to College and are outlined on the relevant College websites.

Thorough research into the commitments and expectations should be carried out when you are considering your application. You should consider how many hours a week you are willing and able to devote to your singing, and how that fits around the subject you will be studying. 

Some College choral schedules may fit less comfortably with the timetable demands of some courses, so you need to be organised in order to satisfy both your study and Award obligations. Some Colleges restrict students on particular courses from applying (see Are there any restrictions?).

In all Colleges, Choral Award-holders receive a small financial award each year. In most Colleges, Choral Award-holders also receive a subsidy towards singing lessons. Other forms of support, such as subsidised meals and choir tours, are determined by the individual Colleges. 

Further enquiries

Do you still have any questions? Please contact the Directors of Music at the individual Colleges if you have questions about specific College Choral Awards. If you have any further questions about the inter-collegiate competition, please contact the Co-ordinators of the Inter-Collegiate Choral Awards Scheme: Peter Foggitt ( and Louisa Denby ( 

If you are currently in Cambridge, or have a confirmed place for the forthcoming academic year, please visit the Choral Awards Twitter for an up-to-date list of the current choral vacancies.


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

Key Dates

  • 15 February 2021: Choral Awards application deadline 
  • 1 March 2021: Deadline for submission of references
  • 10 March 2021: Deadline for submission of pre-recorded piece for Choral Trials
  • 22-24 March 2021: Choral Trials (online)
  • 24 April 2021: Choral Open Day (online) for 2022 entry
  • 15 February 2022 - Deadline for Choral Award applications
  • 25 February 2022 - Deadline for receipt of Choral Award references
  • 23 April 2022 - Choral Awards Open Day