Wolfson College Choir
Wolfson College Choir (photo Lucy Wilson) is conducted by Lyn Alcántara, Director of Music. She was a member of the BBC Singers for almost a quarter of a century, and was recently appointed as coordinator and Vocal Pathway leader of the newly expanded MMus in Choral Studies at the Faculty of Music. She is singing teacher to the choristers of King's College Choir & Sidney Sussex Chapel Choir, and teaches singing to Choral Scholars across the university. One of her private pupils won the 2015-16 BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year. She is the founder and conductor of King's Junior Voices a local community children's choir and music charity.
Wolfson Choir is a mixed choir which draws its membership from across the College community. All College members are welcome to attend. There are no auditions for college members, but enthusiasm, commitment and a basic ability to sing in tune are expected. There is a short vocal assessment once new singers have served one term to assess whether a singer should continue in the choir.
We currently have six Choral Scholars who receive a scholarship and free singing lessons in exchange for acting as section leaders within the choir and Chamber Singers. See Music Awards and Scholarships or contact the Director of Music if you would like to apply.
The choir had a successful summer tour to Hungary performing works including Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzer
The 50 voice SATB choir rehearses each Monday night during term from 8-10pm in the Lee Hall at Wolfson.
We usually perform at least one concert and one service per term as well as singing at the College summer garden party and external events such as the University Sermon. In Michaelmas term we also sing at the Advent Carol Service. Our summer tours usually happen every few years including recent tours to the south of France, Thessaloniki and Rome. Recent works include Bach Cantata 80, Britten A Ceremony of Carols, A Shakespeare Serenade, Rutter Gloria, Fauré Requiem, Duruflé Requiem and Purcell'sDido and Aeneas .
Other fun past events include singing on BBC Songs of Praise, being invited to join the congregational hymns in the BBC TV programme 'Easter from King's', performing in Mahler's 'Symphony of a Thousand' at Ely Cathedral, and joining a massed university chorus to accompany Simon Keenlyside in a performance of Vaughan Williams's Five Mystical Songs at the BBC Proms, to celebrate the University's 800th anniversary. We have also joined forces in a 'massive' performance of Handel's Messiah at the Royal Festival Hall in London with The Sixteen choir and orchestra, conducted by Harry Christophers.
Our repertoire is a mix of sacred and secular, ranging from the Renaissance through to the twenty-first century, including lighter music for garden parties and dinners. Recent works performed include: Purcell's Dido & Aeneas, Faure Requiem, Britten's Hymn to St. Cecilia, Purcell's Ode on St. Cecilia's Day, Haydn's St. Nicholas Mass, Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Brahms's Requiem, Finzi's In Terra Pax and Rutter's Gloria. Most of the larger scale works are performed with a small orchestra. Please contact the conductor on music at wolfson.cam.ac.uk for further information.
A smaller group is drawn from the ranks of the College Choir to perform at dinners and other functions. See separate menu page.
There is a termly non-denominational service, held in the Lee Hall, to which all members of College are welcome. The College Choir provides the music for this service.
The College Choir also performs at the Wolfson Advent Carol Service held in Michaelmas term each year at St. Mark's Church on Barton Road. The service is open to all college members and their families. Details can be found in the College Calendar.
From time to time the choir is invited to perform at prestigious University Sermon's at Great St Mary's Church.