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Spring Term 2024 Rehearsals

Our spring term rehearsals started on Monday 15th January. If you are interested in joining the choir, then come along any Monday at 7.30pm and sing with us for a couple of rehearsals to see if you like us.


For our ‘Gloria!’ Christmas concert, we returned once again to City Church on Cheddars Lane. The audience enjoyed a performance of season songs and carols, including John Rutter’s ‘All bells in paradise’ and ‘Candlelight carol’, the lovely ‘White Christmas’, the jolly ‘Jingle bells’ and some great traditional carols . In addition, our very own in-house poet, Ian Whybrow, provided two poems for the event, which were recited by himself and fellow choir member Margaret Ingram. Many thanks to all who so generously gave to the charity the Ian supports.

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Forthcoming Concert

Our next concert will be held on 7.30pm on Wednesday 20th March 2024 at St Andrews Church, Church Street, Chesterton, Cambridge CB4 1DT. It will include Stainer’s Crucifixion.

Some Past Concerts

Christmas 2023

Summer 2023

Our ‘It’s a Grand Night for Singing’ summer concert included the following programme and two poems written by our own Ian Whybrow and read by Ian and fellow choir member Margaret Ingram.

  • Sumer is acumen in Anon
  • In these delightful pleasant groves  Purcell
  • In the merry spring  Ravenscroft
  • Linden Lea  RVW, arr. Somervell
  • Bluebird  Stanford
  • Diaphenia  Stanford
  • As torrents in summer  Elgar
  • O what a beautiful morning  R&H, arr. Stickles
  • Some enchanted evening  R&H, arr. Stickles
  • It’s a Grand Night for Singing  R&H, arr. Stickles
  • Summertime  Gershwin, arr. Stickles
  • If ever I would leave you  Lerner, arr. Yoder
  • We’ll gather lilacs  Novello, arr. Derbyshire
  • Over the rainbow  Arlen, arr. Chinn
  • All the things you are  Kern, arr. Stickles
  • As time goes by  Hupfeld, arr. Robinson
Our MD, Owen Elsley, leading CCS in our summer 2023 concert

Spring 2023

Several soloist joined the choir for our concert on 22 March 2023 at St Andrew’s Church, Chesterton, where we were also accompanied by the church organ. The choir sang the following programme:

  • Gabriel Fauré: Requiem
  • John Taverner: Song for Athene 
  • Gabriel Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
  • WA Mozart: Ave verum corpus
  • Felix Mendelssohn: Hear my Prayer
  • Lili Boulanger: Vieille prière bouddhique


Sunday the 8th of December:

Sunday the 21st of July: A Life on the Ocean Waves. Excerpts from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” and other Sea related songs.

Sunday 7th of April:

Fauré Requiem and other well-loved items


Sunday 9th of December:

Blow, Blow, thou Winter Wind – seasonal music including Let it Snow! and Winter Wonderland.

Saturday the 14th of July:
Concert Poster¡Viva la Musica! A joint concert with the Cambridge Concert Orchestra and part of the Chesterton Festival.

Sunday the 15th of April: Canterbury Pilgrims


Christmas Around The World – 3 December 2017
Charpentier Midnight Mass for Christmas
Carols from Europe, America, and Asia
Chestnuts Roasting over an Open Fire
Mary had a Baby

Animal Magic – 16 July 2017
The Hippopotamus Song
Rolling Down to Rio
Old McDonald Had a Farm


Let There Be Light –  3 April 2017
Included a wide range of pieces from Lauridson’s Lux Aeterna and  Haydn’s The Heavens are Telling through to Walking on Sunshine (and beyond!)


Poster of concert, rainbow background

Over the Rainbow – 25 June 2016
Joint concert with City Singers, a children’s community choir

  • Andrew Carter – Benedicite
  • Burns – My love is like a red red rose
  • Beatles – Yellow Submarine
Poster showing french bunting, a colourful marketstall and part of the Eiffel Tower

 La Belle France – 19 March 2016

  • Duruflé – Requiem
  • Fauré – Cantique de Jean Racine
  • Schönberg & Kretzmer – Les Misérables




The Magic Piper – 12 December 2015

  • Quintus Benziger – The Magic Piper
    Words adapted from Browning – The Pied Piper of Hamelin,
    Music adapted from Mozart – The Magic Flute
  • Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on Christmas Carols
  • Berlioz – The Shepherds’ Farewell
  • Gruber – Silent Night
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Summer Serenade – 21 June 2015
Part of Chesterton Festival!

  • Webber – Music of the night
  • Gershwin – Summertime
  • Fauré – Such a night (Pavane)

A Call for Peace – 14 March 2015


Golden Jubilee – Handel Messiah – 12 July 2014
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