Life as a Choral Scholar

The lower voices of King's College Choir are made up entirely of undergraduate singers at the College known as Choral Scholars. Despite the Choir’s renown, its Choral Scholars come from many different backgrounds, and it is always worth making an enquiry or application, whatever you (or your school!) think of your own ability. As a Choral Scholar you can expect:

  • Seven services a week during term time, with a day off on Monday and two services on Sunday
  • Regular television and radio broadcasts
  • Concerts with leading orchestras and high profile solo opportunities
  • Free singing lessons and consultations with leading singing teachers
  • Expenses and fees for concerts and tours
  • Free lessons in the Alexander Technique
  • Masterclasses on many aspects of solo and choral performance
  • A piano in your room and a grant to assist in the purchase of sheet music
  • You can become a member of The King's Men (formerly 'Collegium Regale'), who have a concert, touring and recording programme of their own 
  • You join a close-knit group of people with a great social life
  • You become part of the University music scene, where you can direct shows and put on concerts in a wide variety of musical styles

 

Life After King's

King’s Choral Scholars leave Cambridge to go into many different careers. Recently these have included teaching, professional photography, journalism, the law, the Foreign Office and the Civil Service. There are currently ex-King’s choral scholars working in 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace!

Many, of course, continue with music. The professional music scene abounds with King’s alumni, these include:

Conductors: Sir Andrew Davis, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Edward Gardner

Singers: Gerald Finley, Michael Chance and the late Robert Tear

Instrumentalists: Joe Crouch (one of the top continuo cellists in the early music scene) and Julian Perkins (harpsichordist/director of Sounds Baroque).

Composers: Francis Grier and Bob Chilcott

Many choral scholars keep up their singing by freelancing in London. Some go into various singing groups (the King’s Singers or the Swingle Singers, for example). Those wishing to enter the world of opera often take their studies further at music college, and there is a steady stream of former King’s Choral Scholars taking up scholarships at The Royal College, the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall.

Meet some of our Choral Scholars and find out what made them choose King's, and how they've found their time here so far.
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Choir News

2020 CBSO scholars announced

Katrina Toner and Michael Taplin have been selected to have their compositions workshopped and professionally recorded by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Beethoven 2020 gets under way!

This January sees the beginning of a year-long Festival in Cambridge to celebrate the achievements of the composer on the 250th anniversary of his birth.

Sir Stephen Cleobury

Sir Stephen Cleobury (1948–2019)

It is with great sadness that King’s College has learned of the death of Sir Stephen Cleobury. Stephen died in his hometown of York last night, 22 November, after a long illness.