The Sidney Sussex College Choir is a friendly and welcoming community which maintains consistently high musical standards.

Choral Scholarships

We are seeking applicants for all voice types, up to a maximum of three per voice part for each year. Choral Scholars receive an annual stipend in line with the University Choral Scholarships scheme, and free singing lessons. Other perks include free national and international tours, Choir formals, and a number of social events throughout the academic year. For further information, please contact the Director of Music.

Discover more about applying for a Choral Scholarship on the University website.


Sidney is an ideal Choir for those who cannot commit to a daily singing routine, but are still keen to make music at the highest level and take part in annual tours and commercial recordings. The regular term-time commitments are as follows:

Sundays: 4.45 pm rehearsal for 6.00 pm Choral Evensong
Wednesdays: 5.15 pm rehearsal for 6.30 pm Latin Choral Vespers
Thursdays: 5.30 - 7.00 pm rehearsal (for upcoming music)
Fridays: 5.15 pm rehearsal for 6.30 pm Choral Evensong​

Free formal hall is offered on Fridays and Sundays. Extra rehearsals are occasionally arranged at the beginning of the academic year, and for recordings, tours, and special College events.

Members 2020 - 2021

Sopranos: Emily Addis, Cosima Ballance (Michaelmas only), Olivia Bloore, Emma Grainger, Saskia Frisby, Alex La Guardia, Esther Ng

Altos: Anna Behrens, Yammi Yip, Elizabeth Vogel, Anna Webb

Tenors: Thomas Hillman, Jonathan Jolly, Harry Vincent, Nicholas Walters, Richard Walmsley

Basses: Theodore Gill, Felix O'Rahilly, Calum Urquhart (Senior Choral Scholar), Piran Venton

Senior Organ Scholar: Hugh Rowlands

Junior Organ Scholar: Emily India Evans

Senior Choral Scholar

Calum Urquhart

Music Administrator
Ailse Campbell, Music Administrator at Sidney Sussex

Ailsa Campbell studied for an undergraduate degree in Music at the University of Bristol. Alongside her studies, she was appointed the first female Choral Scholar at Bristol Cathedral, was appointed President of the Bristol University Madrigal Society for two consecutive years and conducted the Chamber Choir in her final year.  She then moved to York to study for a Masters in Solo Voice Ensemble Singing under Robert Hollingworth, director of I Fagiolini. Now living in London Ailsa sings as a Choral Scholar at St Martin-in-the-Fields and St George's Bloomsbury alongside her work at Sidney Sussex College. Please do not hesitate to contact Ailsa with any questions about the Choir on I +44 7860 951343.