Choral Scholarships at Trinity


The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge

Choral Scholars at Trinity College combine the singing of the weekly services in the Chapel with an exciting array of recordings, concerts and tours outside term, including tours to Australia, Canada and the USA.  The Choir has made a number of recordings with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, including Bach Christmas Oratorio and Bach Mass in B Minor.

The Choir is socially rich and diverse, partly due to the range of academic subjects read by Choral Scholars: Music, Maths, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Law, Theology, English, Classics, MML…

The primary duty of a Choral Scholar during term is to sing at the three services of Choral Evensong that take place each week, together with occasional special services.  Music of all ages is sung and, in recent years, the Choir has collaborated with a number of contemporary composers and given several world premiere performances.  All choral services are webcast live from the Chapel and available to Listen Again.

Outside term, the Choir enjoys a programme of high-profile performances and recordings, regularly working with top orchestras such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the City of London Sinfonia, and leading professional soloists.

Although Choral Scholars must balance this commitment with their own degree, they invariably find time to pursue other projects in Cambridge.  Members of Trinity College Choir can regularly be found performing in operas, directing plays, playing football, singing close harmony, giving solo recitals and much more besides.  Trinity has a thriving College music scene and excellent music facilities - Trinity College Music Society organises around 30 concerts a term.  After graduating, many Trinity Choral Scholars go on to high-profile careers in music.

In addition to their annual scholarship, Choral Scholars receive:

  • Free singing lessons with Sheila Barnes, Ann De Renais, Roderick Earle or James Oldfield
  • Three free dinners a week in Hall and six annual feasts
  • Tours at no cost to the individual Choral Scholar
  • Accommodation, food and travel expenses for projects outside term
  • Electronic pianos for use in individual rooms
  • Access to College funds supporting instrumental lessons
  • Access to subsidised Alexander Technique and Yoga sessions in College


Postgraduate students

In addition to undergraduate Choral Scholars, Trinity College Choir welcomes postgraduate students from the UK and internationally.  Singers considering postgraduate study at Cambridge are encouraged to contact us on the details below to discuss the possibility.


Further information

Stephen Layton meets Choral or Organ Applicants throughout the year, giving them the opportunity to find out about Trinity College and the Choir, and to attend a Choir rehearsal. If you would like to arrange a meeting, please email or call 01223 761528.

You can find more information about choral awards on the University Website including information about Vocal Assessment Days.

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