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, (most recently St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Norwich and Ely Cathedrals) and goes on regular foreign tours.
The choir has recently recorded a CD of choral works by E. W. Naylor, which was launched at a recital at the Temple Church, London in March 2014. In the same year the choir toured to New York, Connecticut and Boston and gave concerts at Trinity Church, Wall Street, Yale University and Harvard Memorial Church.
The choir's most recent tour was to Copenhagen and Malmö. In the summer the choir made a recording of well-known Christmas carols for Imagem Productions.
Bach St John Passion: College Chapel, Sunday 6th March, 4.30pm
Mozart Requiem: St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, Friday 15th April. Sung jointly with the choir of Queens’ College, conducted by Edward Reeve.More details can be found here:
Masterclass and Concert with Warwickshire County Male Voices, College Chapel, Saturday 23rd April