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.
|29/04, Chapel at Churchill, 5:45PM||Bruckner: Locus Iste
Lili Boulanger: Hymne au Soleil
|04/05, Chapel at Churchill 6:30PM
|Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus
Gotham: Looking Inwards Out
Brahms: 'Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen'
Kerr: Fragile Water
|06/05, Selwyn College Chapel, 6PM||Introit: Gotham Benedictus
Stanford in Bb
Anthem: Gotham Utrumne est Ornatum
|07/05, St Martin in the Fields, 6PM||Allegri Miserere by Candlelight|
|13/05, Murray Edwards, 6PM
International Day of Families
|Debussy: The Little Shepherd
Brahms: Ihr habt nun Trurigkeit
Tim Minchin: Not Perfect
|20/05, Chapel at Churchill, 5:45PM
Joint Evensong with the Choir of St Edmunds College
| Hymns: 356, 156 and 233
Psalm: 122 (plainchant)
Canticles: Purcell in G
Anthem: Tallis - If ye love me
|27/05, Murray Edwards, 6PM|
Amnesty International Day
| Charles Wood: Full Fathom Five
Nina Simone (arr. MG): I wish I knew how it would feel to be free
|03/06, Chapel at Churchill, 5:45PM|| Hymns: 161. 343 and 170
Psalm: 139, 1-5, 12-18
Canticles: Gibbons short service
Anthem: Franck - Panis Angelicus
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.