International

The College is proud of its ongoing collaboration with the charity Songbound which aims to improve the lives of under-privileged children in India through music. In March 2013, the College Choir visited Mumbai to work with children and you can read more about this remarkable project here. The Choir continues to raise money to support choirs in the slums of Mumbai and aspires to take every generation of choral scholars at Jesus College out to India to work with children, and continues to fundraise to promote cultural exchange, in the hope that some of the children the Choir have worked with might visit the UK to collaborate with musicians in Cambridge and other cities.

In December 2014, the College Choir collaborated with educational organisations in Sri Lanka to work with various choirs of schoolchildren in Colombo, Kandy, Galle and Jaffna.

Mark Williams is also a trustee of the Muze Trust which works to promote music education in Zambia. In July 2013, the Choir of Jesus College joined the Choir of Merton College Oxford and pupils of St Margaret's School Bushey in St James's Church, Piccadilly for a concert to raise money for the Muze Trust. The Choirs of Jesus and Merton have joined together again each year since to sing concerts in aid of the Muze Trust, in the Chapel of Merton College, featuring Tallis' 40-part motet, Spem in alium.

It is hoped that the Choir will continue its international outreach work with return visits to India and Sri Lanka in future years, and with a concert tour and educational project in South Africa in 2017.