Organ and Choral Awards

Opportunities for Organ and Choral award holders are many and varied at Corpus. The organ scholars have preferential use of the fine Mander organ as well as free organ and singing lessons and accommodation in some of the finest rooms in College, with a grand piano.
Choral Award holders are automatically members of the Choir Committee, and take a leading role in the choir, helping to plan tours, recordings, concerts and other events. They, along with other choir members, are also entitled to free singing lessons and formal hall on Sunday evenings, after evensong.
Corpus Christi College appoints choral and organ scholars through the University scheme, details for which can be found here.
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Alongside the intercollegiate scheme, the college also appoints members of the choir through auditions in October, once students arrive in Cambridge. Details of these auditions are circulated to freshers in advance of their arrival.
Please contact the Director of Music, Robin Walker for further information.
Catherine Olver, Senior Organ Scholar Catherine Olver, Senior Organ Scholar

Catherine Olver, Senior Organ Scholar

Hi! I’m Catherine and I am Senior Organ Scholar at Corpus, currently in my third year reading Music. My duty is to assist the Director of Music in tasks such as choir recruitment, compiling music lists and of course in accompanying and conducting the choir alongside the Junior Organ Scholar.

We sing three services a week, boasting a wide range of repertoire, and we are also fortunate to experience an international tour every summer. A particular highlight of mine was our tour to New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore in December 2016 where we had the opportunity to perform alongside some very talented musicians in truly memorable venues – ranging from St Andrew’s Cathedral in Singapore to the indigenous Marae in Bay of Islands.

As a finalist I will be very sad to leave Corpus. As a small college, you get to know everyone very quickly and the choir especially is a very tight-knit group. As such, I have found it a very welcoming and supportive environment in which to work as an Organ Scholar.

Next year I plan to develop my skill-set even further in the post of Graduate Musician at Winchester College.


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