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 2018 will run an annual composition competition for female students in the university.
Save the date! Following a sell-out performance of Vivaldi's Gloria at St Martin in the Fields in 2017, Inter Alios have been invited back to perform there on May 7th 2018 (bank holiday Monday). Do join us if you can. We will release more details of the programme and ticking information here in due course.
|21/01, Murray Edwards, 6PM
The Global Citizen
|Sontonga: Nkosi Sekelel' iAfrika
Bartók: Four Slovak Folksongs
With music and poetry from around the world
|28/01, Chapel at Churchill, 5:45PM
|Mozart: Ave Verum
Gotham: Utrumne est ornatum
|04/02, Murray Edwards, 6PM
Centenary of Women's Suffrage
|Ethel Smyth: The March of the Women
Lili Boulanger: Hymne au Soleil
|11/02, Chapel at Churchill, 5:45PM
|Darke: Communion Service in E
Mozart: Ave Verum
|14/02, St Clements, 7:30PM|
|Allegri: Miserere |
Purchell: Remember not, Lord, our offences
With Hymns and Plainchant
|18/02, Murray Edwards, 6PM
Many Forms of Love
|Bernstein: Maria (from West Side Story)
Porter: Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love (1928)
|25/02, Chapel at Churchill, 5:45PM
St David's Day Evensong
| Purcell: Canticles in G Minor
Purcell: Remember not, Lord, our offences
|04/03, Murray Edwards, 6PM
International Women's Day (8/3)
| Lili Boulanger: Hymne au Soleil
Kate Whitley: Speak out
|11/03, Chapel at Churchill, 5:45PM
Purcell: Remember not, Lord, out offence
Gustav Mahler (arr. Gotham): Adagietto from Symphony Number 5
Inter Alios also fields a small choral ensemble from within its ranks, with singing consort and close harmony music with one voice per part. To book the consort for an event, contact the manager: Olivia Crawley, firstname.lastname@example.org.
To join the Choir members' mailing list, visit here.