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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.

The 2018 open days will run from 9.00am to 5.00pm on Saturday 23 June (for students in Years 7-10) and Sunday 24 June (for students in Years 11-13) at St John’s College.

Online applications for the Cambridge Choral Experience will be accepted from Monday 23 April. Participants will be sent details at least one week in advance of the event, following their acceptance. There's no cost for participants beyond the cost of travel to Cambridge. See 'related documents' for more details.

For further enquiries, please contact Director, Edward Wickham ( or Administrator, Caille Sugarman-Banaszak (


Key Dates

  • Choral Awards Open Day: April/May
  • 15 September 2018: Vocal Assessment deadline
  • 24-26 September 2018: Vocal Assessments
  • 15 February 2019: Choral Trials application deadline
  • mid-March 2019: Choral Trials


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

Catherine Groom, Fitzwilliam College

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