A Choral Scholarship at Jesus College offers unrivalled musical opportunities, as well as the chance to be part of a close-knit community. Scholars develop musically through free singing lessons every term, numerous concerts with professional soloists and orchestras, annual recordings, and concert tours all around the world. The Choirs at Jesus College pride themselves on creating a friendly and supportive atmosphere in which musicians can perform at their best, and this is helped by regular social events during both term-time and vacations. Other perks include subsidised accommodation outside of Full Term, several College feasts each year, and a contribution towards the cost of dinner in Hall for every service sung.
Vicky Taylor (third-year Geography student, Jesus College):
"I have absolutely loved my first two years singing with Jesus. Having not previously sung with a chapel choir I was apprehensive at first about being unfamiliar with much of the music and traditions, however I was very quickly put at ease. The welcoming and friendly nature of the choir has not only made the time singing enjoyable, but it has truly enhanced my experience at Cambridge so far. I feel I have also grown in confidence technically due to the provided fortnightly singing lessons. Not only has it been musically rewarding and provided many amazing experiences such as travelling to Hong Kong, France and Malta, but I have met many of my closest friends through the choir. The opportunity to produce CDs and perform in incredible concerts, such as Verdi's Otello in King's College Chapel, with such a lovely group of people is something I really value amongst busy terms and essay deadlines. I am very much looking forward to my final year in the choir and would encourage anyone thinking of singing at Cambridge to consider Jesus!"
Amar Gandhi (third-year Natural Sciences student, Robinson College):
"Singing in Jesus College Choir has been a highlight of my time so far at university, and I’m sure it will continue to be. The opportunity to sing such a varied range of repertoire to a consistently high standard is very special, and as a Natural Sciences student something refreshing I can always look forward to after a day in labs and lectures. Not only does the choir provide access to a high level of music, but it also has a strong social aspect whereby a group of students come together and sing three or five times a week. This gives a great sense of community to the choir. Being a choral volunteer this has really enabled me to feel at home at Jesus and my own college Robinson, and I have made great friends in choir. To go on tour once or twice a year really makes it all the more special, and allows us to both raise the profile of Jesus College Choir and perform in amazing venues, such as Beijing, Toulon or Venice. I’d certainly say that I have enjoyed singing in the choir thus far, and as time goes on I’m sure I will enjoy it more still."
Lizzy Nightingale (second-year Modern Languages student, Jesus College):
"Singing in Jesus College Choir is an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable experience. I love singing beautiful music in an ancient chapel, and regular Evensong is a perfect break from my studies, allowing me to enjoy and focus on something different for a while. Being part of the choir gives me some amazing opportunities and experiences, from tours abroad to free singing lessons and singing wonderful pieces such as Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius. These experiences will stay with me for the rest of my life. The choir is friendly and welcoming, and I have made some good friends. I feel very happy and privileged to be part of it and to benefit from such an amazing musical education."