The Charter Choir, directed by Dr Daniel Trocmé-Latter, sings regularly during term time as well as touring worldwide. One of the newest college choirs in Cambridge, it is known for its high standard of music-making, its wide range of repertoire, as well as for being a friendly and socially active group. The Choir consists of around 22-24 singers - usually undergraduates at Homerton, the majority of whom receive choral scholarships. Some have been singing in choirs since they were children, while others arrive at Homerton and discover their voice here. There are usually also two organ scholars in residence at Homerton, who accompany the Charter Choir.
The Charter Choir performs a variety of choral music, ranging in era and style from the medieval to the 21st century, and everything in between. Although music for the Anglican office of Evensong takes up the majority of the Choir’s repertoire, secular repertoire is also performed, especially for end-of-term concerts and College feasts.
At an average of four hours' commitment per week, the workload is light in comparison with other Cambridge choirs, but a high standard of music-making is nevertheless maintained.
Choir at Homerton is definitely a fulfilling and enjoyable experience. There is a great sense of camaraderie in the group. We go to Formal Hall together every week, as well as the annual tour and other socials during the year, and as a result the group is very close-knit and we all get on fantastically well.
Term time weekly schedule
5.15pm - 6.15pm: Rehearsal
6.30pm - 7.15pm: Choral Evensong
5.15pm - 7pm: Rehearsal
The Charter Choir provided me with fun breaks from my studies. I thoroughly enjoyed performing and going abroad on tour, not to mention free weekly Formals! But, most importantly, I made friends for life.
Caroline Steel, Natural Sciences
Entry is usually by audition as part of the Intercollegiate Choral Award Scheme, the deadline for which is 15 February each year, although it is worth contacting the Director of Music at any time of year, as vacancies do arise periodically.