Choral Awards

If you are a good singer and you would like to study at King's you may be eligible for a Choral Award. You do not have to study Music. Choral Scholarships can be combined with with any subject taught at King's except Medicine and Architecture.

King's College has two choirs, the male voice King's College Choir and the mixed voice King's Voices. We offer Choral Scholarships for the Choir and Choral Exhibitions for King's Voices.

Of course, your choral duties come in addition to your academic commitments as a student at King's. The College has high academic standards, but we also offer an informal and supportive environment. In balancing their musical and academic activities, singers in both choirs also enjoy an active social life.

King's College Choir (male voice)

King's College Choir is one of the world's best known ensembles. It comprises six basses, four tenors and four counter-tenors, as well as the choristers (trebles). The Choir sings services regularly in the Chapel as well as giving concerts worldwide, doing radio and TV broadcasts and making CDs.
About singing for King's College Choir

King's Voices in Amsterdam

King's Voices on tour in Amsterdam

King's Voices (mixed voice)

King's Voices sings Evensong in the Chapel every Monday during the University term. There are also concerts, performances at dinners, and an annual tour.
About singing for King's Voices

How to apply for a Choral Award at King's

King's Chapel

Credit: Derek Lee (cropped)

All Choral Awards at Cambridge are awarded after candidates have received an academic offer to study at Cambridge. The Cambridge Colleges hold joint choral auditions in March to assess the vocal potential and musicianship of applicants for Choral Awards.

There is also an informal choral event in late September (Vical Assessments), prior to Cambridge application via UCAS. This event allows interested candidates to sing to the Director of Music and to ask about the nature of choral commitments at King's. Overnight accommodation is available for those who need it. See the information and booking forms at the link in the step-by-step guide below (available from July each year).

A step-by-step guide for applicants

  1. Read the Study at King's and Choir sections of our website thoroughly. 
    • Stephen Cleobury welcomes those considering a choral scholarship at King's to get in touch with him so that he can help answer any questions about choral awards. He offers informal auditions at any time throughout the year.
    • For questions about your academic application, do get in touch with King's Admissions, who will be happy to help.
  2. By 15 September: Apply for a place on the Vocal Assessment Days if relevant
    • If you would like to apply for a Choral Scholarship to sing in either King's College Choir or King's Voices you are strongly encouraged to attend.
  3. Late Sept: Come to the informal Vocal Assessment Days if relevant
  4. By 15 October: Apply for an academic place at King's
    • Choral candidates follow the normal application procedure set out on the how to apply page.
    • On the Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) there will be a box to tick to express an interest in a Choral Award if you are offered a place. Choral Awards are available for both King's College Choir (male voice choir) and King's Voices (mixed voice choir), and you should tick the relevant box on the SAQ if you are interested in a Choral Award to sing in either one of these choirs.
  5. Early January: Receive an academic decision from King's
    • Students who apply to King's but receive an offer from another college through the Winter Pool may be considered for a Choral Award or 'Volunteer' choral position at other colleges.
    • Students who do not receive an academic offer from Cambridge cannot be considered for a Choral Award.
  6. By 15 February: Submit Choral Award application
    • After candidates have received offers in January, King's offer holders will be asked to submit their online Choral Award application form by 15 February, and their musical reference by 1 March at the latest, and are invited for auditions, which are previsionally scheduled to take place at the Faculty of Music from 20 - 22 March 2017. Further information about how to apply and the application form are available on the University website.
    • Students who are offered a place to study at King's but are not successful in gaining a Choral Award at King's will be able to audition for Choral Awards and Volunteer choral positions at other colleges.

Further information

As a choral applicant you have two main points of contact with King's:

1. The Admissions Office

(01223 331255; undergraduate.admissions@kings.cam.ac.uk)

You should contact the Admissions Office with any questions about your academic application. Do also ensure that you read the 'Study at King's' section carefully.

2a. Stephen Cleobury / The Choir Office

(01223 331 224; choir@kings.cam.ac.uk)

If your question relates to the September Vocal Assessment Days, the auditions, or life and work as a choral scholar in the male voice choir at King's, then please contact Stephen Cleobury / The Choir Office. Stephen is happy to hear you sing before you audition (this can be arranged to coincide with King's Open Days or any time you visit Cambridge). 

2b. Ben Parry / King's Voices

(benparry@me.com)

If your question principally relates to Choral Exhibitions and singing in King's Voices, please contact Ben Parry.

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