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Choral Awards Open Day

The 2022 Choral Awards Open Day will take place in person on Saturday 23 April (09:45 – 18:00) and is aimed at students in school year 10 and above.

The day will consist of group singing sessions with Cambridge Directors of Music, designed to give participants an idea of the skills needed for choral singing, and how to develop them, as well as an overview of what a Choral Award audition might be like, and how to prepare.

There will be a talk from an Admission Tutor, giving information about what it’s like to study at Cambridge and how to prepare an application.

Current student members of Cambridge chapel choirs will be on hand throughout the day to chat informally to participants; there will also be a more formal question and answer session with students and Directors of Music.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet informally with Directors of Music, and the day will end with a rehearsal and Evensong, to which parents and carers are invited.

If you’d like to book a place on the Open Day, please fill out our 2022 Choral Awards Open Day form.

Any queries should be emailed to

The following videos from the 2021 Open Day are still available to view:

The Choral Open Day is held alternately with Oxford each year, either at the end of April or at the beginning of May. Students are welcome to contact the Director(s) of Music at their preferred College for more information. Colleges may also be able to offer advice and guidance to prospective Choral Award applicants at their other open events throughout the year.

The Cambridge Choral Experience

The Cambridge Choral Experience gives students in Years 7-13 and their teachers the opportunity to discover what life involves as a choral scholar at the University of Cambridge. See Cambridge Choral Experience 2021 for information about this year's event. 

Choral information from the Colleges

Please download the Choral and Organ Awards booklet for guidance from the participating Colleges.

College choirs and chapels have their own websites that you may find of use:


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