Clare Hall Choir

Amid the stresses and focus of Cambridge academia and research, the Clare Hall Choir offers weekly light relief through fun, relaxed, pressure-free music.

Formed in its current guise in 2018, the Choir has become a regular fixture at college events including the Christmas, Burns’ Night and Foundation Feasts, as well as the Cricket Formal. The Choir also enjoys performing at events elsewhere in Cambridge, which have included an annual joint Evensong with Robinson College Chapel Choir, a concert in Clare College Chapel, a collaboration with Darwin College Choir and a performance at ‘Sing’, hosted by Magdalene VoxSoc. In 2020 the Choir released two virtual recordings.

Under the direction of its musical director Ben de Souza, Clare Hall Choir has gained a reputation for being a relaxed, enjoyable and accessible choir, and is considered an integral part of college life. The Choir is open to anyone affiliated with the College – graduate/PhD students, fellows, visiting fellows, tutors, staff and life members, as well as family members of the above – and normally meets every Monday at 7:20pm in the dining hall.* New members are always welcome, and the Choir is also seeking a piano accompanist for rehearsals and performances. No previous singing or musical experience is necessary. The only requirement is that you want to sing and have fun doing it!

If you are interested in joining please email Ben de Souza - bd402@cam.ac.uk. Ben is a Clare Hall graduate and is a freelance choral conductor and accordionist.

*Please note, the Choir is currently meeting online due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is hoped that in-person rehearsals will return as soon as possible.

“As long as we live, there is never enough singing” – Martin Luther