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, and the choir dine together at College expense on Sunday 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, including recent trips to Edinburgh and Belfast, and goes on regular foreign tours, including in the past few years Denmark, Poland, Spain, Canada and the US, with venues including St Mary the Virgin in New York, Yale University and Harvard Memorial Church.