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Stanford in Cambridge - 30 August to 1 September 2024

Directed by Patrick Craig


Stanford in Cambridge

Live like a Cambridge student for this very special long weekend celebrating the anniversary of Charles Vllliers Stanford in the town where he lived and worked for much of his life. We will be based in Sidney Sussex College, founded in 1596, where we will study and perform some of Stanford's greatest works concluding with a performance in the college chapel. There will also be plenty of time to explore this historic city - and maybe even do a spot of punting on the river Cam. 

Who is the course for?

This course is for experienced singers who want to improve their choral technique and enjoy exploring a rich mix of repertoire in a convivial social setting. Singing couples and individual singers are all welcome. Music will be sent out in advance and, while nobody is expected to be note perfect on arrival, we do expect singers to familiarise themselves with the music beforehand. This is not a course for beginners but anyone who has been singing regularly in a choral society or church choir is unlikely to feel out of their depth. 

The course starts at 11.00 am on the Friday and will conclude with a sing through in the College Chapel on Sunday afternoon. 

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Musical Director

Patrick Craig is a countertenor, harpist, teacher, lecturer and conductor. He is a Vicar Choral at St Paul's Cathedral and has sung almost a thousand concerts with the Tallis Scholars.  He is also a member of The Cardinall's Musick who won the Gramophone Record of the Year award for their recording of William Byrd's â€‹Infelix ego.   Read more...


    For Lo I raise up
    O for a closer walk with God
    How beauteous are their feet
    The Lord is my Shepherd
    Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem

    Te Deum in C
    Jubilate in C
    Benedictus in Bb
    Magnificat in A
    Nunc dimittis in A


Where to stay?


We will be staying in Sidney Sussex College - right in the historic pedestrianised centre of Cambridge - a short walk from King's College and the Market Square. The rooms are simple but comfortable and are all en suite.  

Getting there


Public transport links to Cambridge are excellent. If you are planning to drive, please let us know as parking is very limited. 

What does it cost?


The course fee is payable in two stages - a deposit of £195 and a further £395 no later than six weeks before the course commences .  This covers tuition, two nights accommodation with breakfast, and two evening meals - one of which will be in the formal Dining Hall of the College. Music - which can be kept - will cost £30 and is sent out six-eight weeks in advance.  

Holiday insurance

All participants are advised to have appropriate holiday cancellation insurance in place. 

Any questions?

If you have any questions at all please contact Nick Couchman ([email protected]) or Emma Ford ([email protected]) or ring Nick during office hours on 01462 372702. The office is not always occupied so please do leave a message and we will get back to you.

Sidney Sussex College (above)
Sidney Sussex College (above)