For hundreds of years music has been at the very heart of Christianity and no where more than here at CCCU especially as we occupy the very land upon which St Augustine built his abbey and began a tradition of academic and musical excellence on this site. In keeping with that tradition the Chaplaincy offers the opportunity for all staff and students to get involved in any of its choirs and worship bands.
Gospel Choir –
The critically acclaimed Christ Church Gospel Choir was first established in 2005 and welcomes members from the whole University community – students, staff and alumni, regardless of faith belief or ability.This is a non-auditioned choir and does not require members to be able to read music. All songs are learnt by rote allowing for all abilities. Music ranges from hip hop, blues, jump and traditional Gospel music, with the odd piece of contemporary music thrown in. We meet every Wednesday evening during term time at 7:00 pm for 2 hours in our University’s fantastic chapel. Our first open taster session will be held on Wednesday 25th September. We have competed in the University Gospel. Choir of the Year competition for the last 7 years and have achieved 3rd place in both 2016 and 2017. We also perform at our own concerts, Carols by Candlelight in the cathedral and at graduation ceremonies as well as any opportunities that arise off campus.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Chapel Choir –
Would you like to sing with Chapel Choir?
The Chapel Choir sings for University evensong every Thursday in term-time at 5.30pm.
Evensong is a beautiful service of scripture, prayer and music, at which all are welcome, of any faith and none. The half hour service is followed by free food and drink.
Up to twelve Choral Scholars, a Conductor Scholar and an Organ Scholar make up the professional members of the University Chapel Choir.
Singers who do not wish to audition for a Scholarship are welcome to join the choir to sing evensong every Thursday — anyone willing to commit is welcome.
Chapel scholarships are available to any singer, conductor or organist willing to commit to performing at weekly Chapel services in termtime plus special services in the cathedral (including ten graduation ceremonies a year).
A high level of musicianship and commitment is demanded, including good sight-reading and a willingness to attend additional rehearsals. Scholars receive a stipend plus music lessons.
Full details and applications are available through this webpage only.
Application deadline for 2020 is Monday 12 October. Auditions will be held on Wednesday 14 October.