Music

St Catharine’s has for many years had one of the strongest musical traditions of the Cambridge Colleges.

With two distinguished choirs, including the UK’s first college-based Girls' Choir; the Kellaway Concert Series, which brings high-quality, innovative music-making to the College; an active Music Society; and with opportunities for performance and participation from folk and jazz to classical and world music, musical life at St Catharine’s is as rich and varied as it has ever been.

Are you a keen singer or instrumentalist? Find out about our choral and instrumental scholarships here.

If you are interested in reading Music as an academic subject, click here.

Feedback from former students

"St Catharine’s offered me an incredible wealth of opportunity and support in both a practical and an academic sense. I was able to tailor my time at St Catharine’s in my own way, involving myself in a huge range of musical activities provided by both the college and university. In particular as a choral scholar I was able to perform in a variety of venues all over the world as well as singing on several CDs recorded by the chapel choir. Opportunities such as this paved the way for my postgraduate Musical Theatre studies in London."

Joe Beighton (2014), Scholarship winner at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

"As a music student and choral scholar, St Catharine’s has enabled me to explore music on new levels. From being President of the Music Society to a founding member of two Catz-based chamber ensembles, I have been able to expand my interests and skills in ways I could never have imagined. Catz's inclusive environment, within a vibrant University music scene, provides opportunities and support for musicians of all subjects. Playing and singing alongside my college friends, staging concerts, and hearing world-class musicians in our very own Chapel are just some of the highlights of my experience."

Frances Leith (2012), Scholarship winner at Royal Academy of Music

"I have been amazed by the range and variety of opportunity that has been available to me as a music student at St Catharine’s: much more than I could ever have expected. As well as the demands of an extremely rewarding three years as Organ Scholar, I have been able to develop my musicianship in other areas, particularly in chamber and contemporary music."

Freddie Brown (2008), répétiteur with Hamburg Opera

"Unsure of whether I wanted to be an academic or a performer, I applied to Cambridge so I could sample first-rate experience in both avenues. I was offered a place at St Catharine's, and it was here that I had the opportunity to work with musicians and performers that would have been impossible elsewhere, and was given the space and support I needed to work out where my future lay. St Catharine's allowed me to work with them for an extra year after my graduation, and it is this and the College Society's financial support that led me to apply for music college. I have since been offered a job with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and it is no exaggeration to say that this would not have happened without the opportunities offered to me by the College."

Peter Mallinson (2005), violist with BBC Symphony Orchestra