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Choral Awards application timeline 2022 entry

Date Event Details
15 February 2022 Deadline for Choral Award applications These are sent to the Admissions Office of the College at which the candidate holds an offer of an academic place.
1 March 2022 Deadline for receipt of references As above
10 March 2022 Deadline for receipt of recorded video performances  
21-23 March 2022 Auditions (Choral Trials) Details will be sent to individual candidates in advance.

Choral Awards Open Day

The Open Day in late April or early May is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Choral Awards at Cambridge in advance of the applications process. There are talks by an Admission Tutor and the Co-ordinators of the Awards Scheme as well as opportunities to sing together in one of the chapels, to meet the Directors of Music, and to listen to several of the choirs in rehearsals and services.

Choral Trials application deadline

If you are successful in gaining an academic offer at a College which offers Choral Awards you may then apply for an Award by 15 February, listing the College that has offered you an academic place as your first choice. (If you have gained academic offer as a result of being placed in the Winter Pool then you should read the further advice given under Pooled Applicants). You are strongly encouraged to list several Colleges on your application form, in order to increase your chances of receiving a choral place.

Choral Trials

Choral Trials are held in March. You will be considered for a Choral Award and/or choral volunteer place according to the order of College preference which you express on the application form.

  • Those offer-holders who are successful will be given a Choral Award by their first-choice College (College A).
  • If another College (College B) (i.e. one further down your preference list) wishes to offer you a place in its choir, one of two things can happen:
  1. If College B wishes to offer you a Choral Award, and if you have ticked the first box indicating a willingness to be transferred academically, discussions will be begun between Colleges A and B to see if such a transfer is possible. If it is, you will become a full member of College B instead, even though you were not interviewed there.
  2. Or, if you have ticked the second box (stating that you do not wish to be considered for an academic transfer), or in cases where you have ticked the first box but such an academic transfer is not possible, you will be offered a volunteer place in College B’s choir, but will remain a member of College A.

In some cases, your first-choice College (which must be the College that has made you an academic offer) may call you for auditions anytime between the Choral Awards application deadline and mid-March.

Those holding offers for deferred entry should apply for a Choral Award at the same time as the non-deferred entry applicants, rather than during their gap year.

Please note candidates cannot apply for admission to both Cambridge and Oxford.

Overseas applicants

If you are resident overseas and would be unable to attend the Choral Trials in person, please contact the Choral Award Scheme Co-ordinators for advice in the first instance.


Louisa Denby
Choral Awards Co-ordinator

Key Dates

  • 15 February 2022 - Choral Award application deadline
  • 1 March 2022 - Choral Award references receipt deadline
  • 10 March 2022 - Pre-recorded videos receipt deadline
  • 21-23 March 2022 - Choral Trials
  • 23 April 2022 - Choral Awards Open Day