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.
The Director of Music have been Peter Dennison from 1071 to 1975, John Rutter from 1975 to 1979, Tim Brown who was with them from 1979 to 2010 and from 2010 the position has been held by Graham Ross .
Cecil Alexander & Henry Gauntlett recordings
Once in Royal David’s City
EMI 69950 (CD: Carols from Clare)
Conductor – John Rutter