Clare College founded in 1326 is the second oldest part
of Cambridge University and the mixed-voice choir was established in 1971
to replace the previous all-male ensemble. They comprise exhibitioner and
volunteer singers and are assisted by two organ scholars. Since 1971 they have become
internationally known through concert performances and radio programmes for
the BBC, which they perform alongside their chapel services. They have toured throughout Europe
and the rest of the world including countries such as Russia, the Middle
East, China and the United States.
They have also frequently appeared in music festivals and made their
debut at the Proms in 2003.
Working with many composers they have often had compositions written
for them and commissioned new music by John Rutter, Andrew Carter, Herbert
Howells and Julian Philips among others. Their recordings are numerous and several are also
available on DVD. The choir
has been the starting point for successful artists and conductors that
include Richard Stilgoe, Sir Roger Norrington, Ivor Bolton and Dominic
Wheeler. Currently their
Director of Music is Tim Brown who has been with them since 1979.
Cecil Alexander & Henry Gauntlett recordings
Once in Royal David's City
EMI 69950 (CD:
Carols from Clare)
Conductor - John Rutter