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Sunday Worship in the Chapel is at 5.45pm
The majority of the Colleges of the University of Cambridge are religious foundations; at least that is how they originated. Many of them demonstrate that in their names (Christ's, Jesus, St John's, Trinity, Magdalene, Corpus Christi, and so on), and in the fact than many of their formal ceremonies take place in their chapels. Churchill is not like that. We were founded without any specific religious mission, and the Chapel at Churchill College was not part of the original foundation of the College. Churchill is a tolerant College, where people of all religions, and of none, can feel at home, and will find others of similar persuasions.
The Chapel at Churchill College is ecumenical and provides a locus for worship for all Christian people in the College community. Members of the congregation are encouraged to take part in shaping the worship within the Chapel. All who seek, who worship or who are in doubt are welcome. Services are generally held at 17:45 on Sundays in term.
Any Christian group seeking a venue for prayer, Bible study or discussion, and other groups wishing to use the Chapel should approach Dr Martyn Johnson, Chairman of the Trustees. Please feel free to come to the Chapel at any time for private prayer and as a place for quiet reflection. Baptisms, weddings, funerals and memorial services may be arranged by speaking to the Chaplain.
The Inter Alios Choir sings for the Sunday evening services, rehearsing in the Chapel from 4pm. New singers are always welcome and should contact Owen Crawford, Organ Scholar, either at a rehearsal or at any other time by email.
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.
More information about the Inter Alios Choir can be found on the Chapel's website.
The Chapel is also used for music practice, concerts and occasionally for dramatic productions at the discretion of the Trustees who are Fellows of the College.
Members of the College are able to use the Chapel organ and grand piano.