The Charter Choir, directed by Dr Daniel Trocmé-Latter, sings regularly during term time as well as touring worldwide. The Choir, one of the newest of its kind in Cambridge, consists of around 22-24 singers. They are usually undergraduates at Homerton and the majority of whom receive choral scholarships. Some have been already singing in choirs since they were children, while others arrive at Homerton and discover their voice here.
The Charter Choir performs a variety of choral music, ranging in era from plainchant to Henry Purcell to Arvo Pärt, 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. Past members of the choir are regularly invited back for reunion events. The most recent of these was for the 10th anniversary of Homerton’s Royal Charter, in March 2020.
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
6.30pm-7.15pm: Choral Evensong
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 applications is 15 February each year, although interested applicants are also strongly encouraged to attend the Vocal Assessment Days before making their application to Cambridge, or by appointment with the Director of Music.