Emmanuel is one of the larger Cambridge colleges, with around 450 undergraduates, a fine campus in the centre of town, and a chapel designed by Christopher Wren. It has an extremely active musical life, in which the chapel music plays a central role. The choir's raison d'être is to sing the weekly Choral Eucharist and Evensong in the college chapel during term.
Eucharist takes place on Thursday evenings and Evensong on Sundays-making membership a relatively low time commitment. Rehearsals take place before these services and on Tuesday evenings. College occasions are marked with special sung services throughout the year. Besides these regular commitments, the choir makes occasional visits to other British churches and cathedrals, and goes on regular foreign tours (recent destinations including Prague, Rome, Thailand, Mexico and Sweden). Over the last couple of years the choir has broadcast for Mexican TV, sung in residence at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin and Southwark Cathedral and St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. The choir has recently recorded a CD of choral works by E. W. Naylor, due to be launched at a recital at the Temple Church in March 2014. The choir is planning a tour to New York, Connecticut and Boston in April 2014 and will be giving concerts at Trinity Church, Wall Street and Harvard Memorial Church.