Hill Chorus

Please choose the ensemble you would like to find out more about from the list below.

Chamber Music

Churchill students usually end up forming lots of chamber music and vocal groups over the year. Recently, we have seen a piano trio, a piano quartet, various string quartets, a clarinet trio (clarinet, cello and piano), a clarinet quartet (four clarinets) a clarinet quintet (clarinet and string quartet) start up.

The Churchill college library holds several copies of string quartets and some piano music. The music society also owns several chamber music sets, which you're welcome to borrow.

Churchill Festal Brass

'Churchill Festal Brass' is a group of brass players at Churchill college who get together for occasional playing at concerts and feasts (being rewarded in college wine for the latter!).

You can hear the 2014 group here, playing a fanfare Mark Gotham wrote for the college: Founders' Fanfare.

Contact Director of Music-Making, Mark Gotham if you're interested in playing or in having the group at your event.

Churchill Jazz Band

Churchill Jazz Band

Looking for a superb big band for your next event? Look no further.

Churchill Jazz Band is a 20-piece band which draws on talent from across the University to perform all styles of jazz from classic swing to Latin tunes as well as funk and more modern numbers. We perform to the highest standard and what's more, we won't charge the earth for our services!

We can also arrange for a smaller group to be available if that would be more suitable and we can customise our repertoire to suit your needs! To find out more or to hire us, please contact
chujazzband@cusu.cam.ac.uk or visit our website

We hold auditions in October for new players but if you're interested in joining, do contact us at any time!

College Bands

College Bands are abundant in Churchill. It is always easy to find other students with similar musical ideas, and as a result of this some successful groups have been formed. Such groups are frequently encouraged by the good recording facilities Churchill has to offer. Bands are often asked to play at college events such as the May Week garden party, and there are opportunities for the best to play at College Balls.

Hill Chorus

The Hill Chorus is a community choir run by the music societies of Churchill and Murray Edwards Colleges along with our 'hill college' neighbours. It is open to the whole, extended community: staff, students, fellows, friends, and locals!

We sing a range of music both sacred and secular, ancient and modern. Rehearsals are weekly, on Wednesday evenings, starting October 4th, in the Churchill College Recital Room (number 7 on the map). We generally sing one, relaxed, informal concert per term featuring a variety of short items. There are no auditions, and membership is free to all, whether you're pitch perfect or tone deaf!

Come along an give it a try!

Members of Hills College Chorus contribute in many other ways to the musical life of the college. These include singing at various college occasions, often with members of the Chapel Choir, such as memorial services or college feasts as well as small-group singing opportunities such as madrigal evenings.

Hill Chorus

Information for Prospective Members

To join the mailing list for the chorus, please add your address by following this link.

Hill Chorus welcomes new singers at any time in the academic year, but particularly at the beginning of term. We rehearse every Wednesday evening, with a break for biscuits and squash. Socialising between members of the chorus is important, and hence rehearsals have an informal atmosphere.

New members can just come along to rehearsals, there’s no need to audition. An ability to sight-sing is not essential and neither is choral experience, but you should be able to read music. It’s best to start at the first rehearsal of term, but you won’t be turned away if you start later on. Future and past repertoire can be found at the bottom of this page.

For further information, or to join the choir, contact the Chorus Director, Rebecca Doherty (rd555).

Hill Chorus, Lent 2015

Forthcoming Concerts:

Recent Concerts:

25 Feb 2017: Vivaldi Gloria at St Martins in the Fields

18 Nov 2016:
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Pharrell Williams - Happy
For Good, from Wicked
Oh Happy Day, from Sister Act

28 Nov 2015: Vaughan Williams’ Five English Folksongs and other works.

14 June 2015: Mozart Requiem

28 Feb 2015: Haydn - Nelson Mass in D Minor

4 Dec 2014: 'O Magnum Mysterium' by David Childs, 'The Seal Lullaby' by Eric
Whitacre, 'The Three Kings' by Peter Cornelius, Excerpts from the Bach

22 Nov 2014: Bach Magnificat in D with OotH

16 May 2014:
Michael Tippet -'A Child of Our Time'
Arranged by Mac Huff - 'Disney Movie Magic'

7 Mar 2014:
Howard Goodall - 'Eternal Light: A Requiem'
Andrew Daldorph - 'A Mass for Life'
'Hallelujah' from 'Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration' with Churchill Jazz Band

27th November 2013: Works by Aguiar, Handel, Tavener and Besig.

16 Nov 2013:
Handel - Messiah Part 1 with Chapel Choir, Murray Edwards Choir and Ooth

15th May 2013: Summer concert including works by Brewer, Whitacre, Simms,
Rachmaninov and Tin

11th March 2013:
Lent concert including works by Byrd, Bortniansky, Tavener, Toch, Schubert and Schumann.

23rd Feb 2013:
Mozart - Requiem combined with the choir of Trinity College, Oxford in Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy.

19th May 2012 – Recital Room, Churchill College

Vaughan Williams - Five English Folk Songs
Saint-Saens – Calme Des Nuits
Joel – And So It Goes
Bennet - Weep, O mine eyes
Morley - Fyer, fyer!

12th March 2012 – Recital Room, Churchill College

Whitacre – Sleep
Purcell – Dido’s Lament (from Dido and Aeneas)
Bruckner – Os Justi Meditabitur
John/Zimmer – Circle of Life (from The Lion King)
Tallis – If ye love me

28th November 2011 – Recital Room, Churchill College

Extracts from Vivaldi – Gloria
Gardiner – Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
Handel – Hallelujah Chorus from ‘Messiah’
Elgar – My love dwelt in a northern land

5th November 2011 – Chapel at Churchill College
A joint concert with the choir of Trinity College, Oxford

Vivaldi – Gloria
Barber – Agnus Dei

Inter Alios

Inter Alios, Lent 2017

The 'Inter Alios' choir has a unique mission not simply to sing great music, but also to be a symbol of peace and dialogue between different groups, and to promote the marginal repertoires of contemporary music and music by women composers.

To join the Choir members' mailing lists, visit here.

'Inter Alios' is a joint venture between Churchill College where it serves the Christian Chapel at Churchill College, and Murray Edwards College where it serves the 'Humanist Happenings' Series: a format which is broadly similar to chapel services, but with no theological content. A typical event features a short address on a topical theme, partnered with music and poetry to match. The choir thus provides its members with an opportunity to experience the traditional (Christian) Cambridge Choral Scholar experience and to sing the great works of that repertoire, while also participating in the creation of a new and unique offering.

The title 'Inter Alios' literally translates as 'among others' and speaks to the collective spirit. Firstly, it is inter-'faith' serving both Christian and Humanist communities, as well as inter-faith events such as Abrahamic services at Churchill in association with the Woolf Institute. The choir is also inter-collegiate, international in its make-up and musical repertoire, and inter-arts (particularly in the case of the Humanist Happenings).

A typical term sees Inter Alios alternate between Sundays at Churchill and Murray Edwards, as well as undertaking the occasional concert performances in Cambridge and beyond. Highlights include annual performances at the world-famous venue of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, with professional soloists and orchestra.

Inter Alios' repertoire is also distinctive in that it cultivates twin specialities in contemporary music, and music by female composers (contemporary and otherwise). It has given several first performances of music by students and professionals, and from 2018 will run an annual composition competition for female students in the university.

Music the choir has performed in the past, and will be performing in the next term can be found on the Inter Alios website. A variety of recordings, both live and studio-based, can be found on the college's Soundcloud.

For more information, please contact the choir's director: Ewan Campbell, Director of Music (music.director@chu).

Jazz in the Bar

Jazz in the bar is a termly event containing mostly Churchill students who play jazz, generally in the Churchill bar but also at the college garden party and other events throughout the year.

If you're interested in Jazz events or playing during Jazz in the Bar, please contact the Sizar (music.sizar@chu) or Jazz Rep.

The Orchestra on the Hill

The Orchestra on the Hill brings together musicians from Churchill, Fitzwilliam, Murray Edwards, Magdalene, Girton, Robinson, St Edmund's and Lucy Cavendish, and performs one or two concerts each term at a variety of venues in the colleges. It is performs standard concert repertory but also some lesser known or neglected works.

The orchestra is non-audition, but achieves a high standard. It's run by a committee of representatives from the hill college music societies, and opportunities exist for students to conduct and perform concertos with the orchestra.

OOTH always welcomes new members - if you are interested in taking part in the orchestra as a conductor, soloist or organiser, please contact the Churchill Music Sizar, or any Churchill OOTH Representative, for more information.

For more information, visit the orchestra webpage!

To listen to recent recordings by OOTH from the college's forthcoming album, please click here: Brahms - Geistliches Lied or here: Handel - Pastoral Symphony