From Peterhouse Chapel Choir
'... an incredible sound...' Canterbury Cathedral
The Peterhouse Chapel Choir is a friendly and diverse group drawn largely from the undergraduate body of the College. The Choir consists of about fifteen selectively chosen mixed voices who receive exhibitions or scholarships appropriate to their positions.
Peterhouse Chapel Choir represents an ensemble whose time commitment is relatively low, but musical standards are consistently high. Choral Evensong is sung twice weekly during Full Term, on Fridays (at 6.30pm) and Sundays (at 6.00pm). Choral Eucharist is sung once a term and the Choir also sings grace in hall for College Feasts. Rehearsals are held before each service at 5.30pm in the week and at 4.30pm on Sundays. After every service each member of the Choir may dine at Formal Hall without charge, as well as attending College Feasts and its own yearly dinner. All choristers receive free singing lessons from top professional coaches four times per term.
The Choir regularly sings Evensong in Cathedrals across the land. The most recent trips have taken them to Ely, Bristol, Bath Abbey, Gloucester and Canterbury with other prestigious venues planned for the near future, such as Westminster Abbey next April.
The Choir tours regularly to some of the finest destinations in Europe and beyond. Recently, tours have flown the Choir to such contrasting destinations as Venice, Latvia, Tuscany and Provence. The choir has just returned from its tour to Spain this year, singing in Seville, Cordoba and Granada. A report will appear in a few days time. What is more, all such trips are heavily subsidised by the College.
The Chapel was consecrated in 1632 (during the reign of Charles I), and architecturally represents a hybrid style of Gothic and Renaissance with a rare and valuable example of Laudian stained glass at the east end. The Chapel Organ was built by Snetzler in 1765, rebuilt by Hill in the late 19th century and was restored during the 1960s. The Chapel has an ongoing and active tradition of prayer, music and devotion. Visiting preachers are invited to preach at Evensong on Sundays and come from a wide range of Christian traditions.