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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 from 4pm. New singers are always welcome and should contact Pearl Eagling, Organ Scholar, or sign up to the Inter Alios Choir mailing list to hear details about rehearsals.
The ‘Inter Alios’ choir 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 secular event features a short address on a topical theme, partnered with music and poetry to suit.
Unsurprisingly the choir probably sings the broadest range of repertoire of any Cambridge choir, featuring the best music from the traditional Christian choral tradition while also participating in the creation of a new and highly unique offering. The choir has given several first performances of music by students and professionals, and we welcome compositional input from members, especially in the formation of a humanist hymn book.
The title ‘Inter Alios’ literally translates as ‘among others’ and speaks to the collective spirit. The choir serves both the Christian and secular communities and combines with other choirs to create inter-faith events such as Abrahamic services at Churchill in association with the Woolf Institute. The choir membership is suitably international and inter-collegiate in its make-up.
A typical term sees Inter Alios alternate between Sundays at Churchill and Murray Edwards, as well as undertaking occasional concert performances in Cambridge and beyond. Highlights include annual performances with orchestra and soloists at the world-famous venue of St Martins in the Fields in London and visits to Ely and Coventry Cathedrals.
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.