St Chad’s College Choir represents a wide cross-section of the College, welcoming undergraduates, postgraduates and members of staff alike. The choir consists of approximately 24 singers, most of whom are very informally auditioned, though some previous experience of singing in a choir is desirable. We also welcome students from other colleges within the University.
There are a total of 16 Choral Scholarships and 2 Organ Scholarships available each year; however, some of these will be awarded to existing students. Scholarships available for new students are advertised on the College website: https://www.stchads.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships-bursaries/choral-organ-scholarships/.
Scholars are selected by application and formal audition. These scholarships are funded through gifts from St Chad’s alumni and friends.
The choir is friendly but with high musical standards and expectations, and sings a wide range of music, with settings by Palestrina through to contemporary composers. The choir is privileged to sing in Durham Cathedral once or twice each term – the college’s annual Advent Procession in the Cathedral is undoubtedly a highlight. There is also a programme of outreach opportunities for the choir within the city and region.
The choir tours annually: 2013 Paris, 2014 Prague, 2015 New York, 2016 Amsterdam, 2017 Jersey, 2018 Chicago. The choir also undertakes concerts and visits across the region and beyond, and records CDs from time to time.
For further information or an informal conversation, please contact the College Chaplain, The Revd David Rushton, at [email protected].
Services: Thursday evening Evensong, Sunday morning Eucharist
Rehearsal: Friday evening
Musical Director Scholarship: This is awarded annually after an audition and interview at St Chad’s College. The Musical Director works closely with the College chaplain to create and develop the musical programme for the College choir as well as supporting the organ scholars. A generous annual scholarship is on offer (currently £3000).
Choral Scholarships: Up to sixteen scholarships are awarded annually after auditions conducted by the Musical Director and College Chaplain. The Choral Scholars receive some choral tuition as well as a scholarship (£500).
Organ Scholarships: Two awarded annually after trials conducted by the Musical Director, usually assisted by an external organist. The Organ Scholar receives a number of private lessons with one of the Cathedral Organists as well as a scholarship (£1000).
Further information can be found here, including details of how to apply.
Please contact the College Chaplain, The Revd David Rushton [email protected].