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Fitzwilliam College Chapel Choir

Fitzwilliam College Chapel Choir has established a high reputation in recent years, both for the quality of its music-making and for its friendly, welcoming atmosphere in rehearsals and services.

The Chapel Choir comprises about twenty-four male and female undergraduate and postgraduate students from Fitzwilliam. The choir's main duty is to provide music for the weekly evening service, held in the award-winning College Chapel, which boasts some of the best choral acoustics in the university. However, there are also plenty of opportunities for concerts, both inside and outside College.

Works performed include Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and Requiems by Mozart, Brahms and Durufle. The choir also visits local churches and cathedrals (including St Edmundsbury, Ely and Norwich, for example) to sing Evensong. In addition, the choir provides entertainment at formal dinners and undertakes tours both within the UK and overseas - including Italy, Spain, The Netherlands and France.

The choir rehearses twice a week, on Thursday evenings and before services on Sunday afternoons. The music sung covers a wide variety of genres, from Renaissance motets to contemporary works. In March 2006 the choir recorded its first CD, Songs on the Hill, covering a range of music from both sacred and secular repertoire, and a follow-up CD of Christmas carols was released, with a further disc due in 2014.

For recent repertoire, see the Music List links below.

Additional benefits of joining the Chapel Choir include Sunday dinner after Evensong and a free Formal Hall dinner once a term. The College also offers up to ten Choral Scholarships at the time of academic application to singers who show an especially high level of musical attainment.

The Chapel Choir welcomes members irrespective of their religious affiliation or denomination. No previous experience of choral singing is required, although the ability to sight-read is very helpful.

Chapel Choir 2013-2014

*Choral Scholar

Rosie Busiakiewicz* Nicola Ellis*
Melissa Chee Claire Farey
Alice Greenwood Annika Mathews
Anna Kaye* Peter Maynes*
Grace Miller Suzie Millar
Freya Sanders Pippa Quincey*
  Anna Sozanska
Will Shackleton Richard Bateman
Josh Wooderson Matthew Clarke*
  Chris Greenwood*

Chaplain: Rev Helen Arnold (

Director of Music: Katharine Parton (

Senior Organ Scholar: Charles Gurnham (

Assistant Organist: Amalie Fisher

Organ scholars

1991 - 1994 Kathryn Magson
1993 - 1996 Alex Tester
1995 - 1998 Philip Collin
1996 - 1999 Iain McGregor
1998 - 2001 Nic le Breuilly
2000 - 2003 Robin Davis
2002 - 2005 Richard Harker
2004 - 2008 Ellie Goodfield
2005 - 2009 Alex West
2009 - 2012 Will Warns
2010 - 2013 Pawel Rzemieniecki
2012 - Charles Gurnham

Music lists

2008-2009 | 2009-2010 | 2010-2011 | 2011-2012 | 2012-2013


For any enquiries about the Chapel Choir, please contact Senior Organ Scholar Charles Gurnham, or the Director of Music Katharine Parton (