New Cambridge Singers was founded in 1986 by Tim Brown, Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge. He set out to create a highly competent chamber choir, based in Cambridge but not linked to the University or its Colleges. Membership is open to all, including members of the University, by audition
The choir generally gives six
concerts a year, sometimes giving two performances
of each programme, one in
Christopher Brown, a locally-based composer, singer and conductor, accepted the musical directorship of the choir in 1997. Under his leadership the repertoire has consisted mainly of Baroque and contemporary British music, though a broad range of a cappella music has been covered, and from time to time more widely known and popular works such as the Fauré Requiem, spirituals, or close harmony are performed to encourage audiences unfamiliar with the choir’s core repertoire.
The choir has an active scheme of commissioning and premiering new works and which are funded by direct donations to the New Music fund or by buying 'shares' in the New Cambridge Songs scheme.
The choir frequently supports local or national charities and seeks opportunities to cooperate with educational and youth groups in the region. In January 2005 we were pleased to be able to co-ordinate a Come and Sing in aid of the Tsunami Appeal. In January 2007 we took a leading part in the Big Sing for Hospice at Home. In 2010 we held a Big Sing in aid of the Alzheimer's Society, Huntingdon branch and most recently in 2012 for East Anglia's Children's Hospices, based in Milton
The choir is also available for smaller events such as weddings or dinners.
You can see photos of the
choir from various occasions.
Singers is Registered Charity no.1042801
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