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.
'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 2019 will run an annual composition competition for female students in the university.
Rehearsals are at 3:30PM unless specified.
|5/5, Chapel at Churchill, 5:45PM
Canticles: Purcell in G Minor
Anthem: Faure - Cantique de Jean Racine
|12/5, Murray Edwards (FDR), 5:45PM
What is Pain? - Dr Flavia Mancini
|Drop, drop slow tears - Orlando Gibbons
Dido's Lament - Henry Purcell
Everybody Hurts - REM
|19/5, Chapel at Churchill, 5:45PM
Canticles: Stanford in B-flat
Anthem: Tavener - The Lamb
|2/6, Chapel at Churchill, 5:45PM
Canticles: Vaughan Williams in C
Anthem: Purcell - O God the King of Glory
|9/6, Chapel at Churchill, 5:45PM
|Anthem: Vivaldi - Gloria (extracts)
Anthem: Purcell - Sicut Cervus
Anthem: Gibbons - Veni Creator
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