The Choirs of Jesus College are uniquely involved in the local community of Cambridge. Rather than maintaining a choir school, Jesus recruits all its Choristers from local schools, helping many young boys to gain access to an excellent and varied musical education. Additionally, the Choirs run Singing Days and ‘Be a Chorister for a Day’ events. These are often held jointly with the girls' choir at St Catharine’s College, are not primarily intended as recruitment events, but allow the College to share its facilities and expertise with the local community.
Singing Days enable children aged 6–11 to enjoy workshops with vocal experts and participate in a short concert alongside current Choristers. No musical experience is necessary to take part in these events, and all are welcome. The first Singing Day was held in 2014 (read more here), and the most recent Singing Day was held on 2 July 2016. To find out more about Singing Days, contact the Choir Administrator.
'Be a Chorister for a Day' events invite local boys to a singing workshop, after which they join the Choristers to take part in a service of Evensong in the College Chapel. The most recent 'Be a Chorister for a Day' event took place on Saturday 16 May 2015, where over 20 local boys took part.