The Choir of Clare College,

Cambridge, was warm,

true and magnificent.

Peter McCallum - Sydney Morning Herald
  • Graham Ross
  • Assistant Organist
  • George Law Junior Organ Scholar
  • Lydia Allain Chapman
  • Jackson Riley
  • Josh Cleary

Who's who

  • Graham Ross

    The Director of Music

    The Director of Music is always willing to meet with prospective music students and Choral Scholars at any point throughout the year

    Graham Ross is Director of Music and Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. Responsible for all practical music-making in the College, he builds on and seeks to enhance the continued excellence of musicianship of Clare’s instrumentalists, composers, conductors, and the internationally-renowned Chapel Choir. He continues to broaden the liturgical repertoire by commissioning new music, and to develop the Choir’s schedule of concerts, broadcasts and international tours. Since he returned to Clare as Director of Music in 2010, he has established a new recording relationship for the Choir with Harmonia Mundi, instituted the Clare College Masterclass Series, Friends of Clare Music scheme, Clare Choir Alumni Association and secured tours around the world.
    He has established an exceptional reputation as a sought-after conductor and composer of a very broad range of repertoire. His performances around the world and his extensive discography have earned consistently high international praise, including a Diapason d’Or, Le Choix de France Musique and a Gramophone Award nomination. As a guest conductor he has worked with Australian Chamber Orchestra, Aalborg Symfoniorkester, Aurora Orchestra, Salomon Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Mozart Players, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Singers, as well as acting as Assistant Conductor to Vladimir Jurowski. He is co-founder and Principal Conductor of The Dmitri Ensemble, and, since 2010, Fellow and Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge.
    At the age of 25 he made his BBC Proms and Glyndebourne debuts, with other opera work taking him to Jerusalem, London, Aldeburgh and Provence. A passionate believer in the unveiling of both unjustly-neglected and newly-written works, he has conducted and recorded world premières of a wide spectrum of composers, including James MacMillan, Judith Bingham, Giles Swayne, Vaughan Williams, Imogen Holst, Nico Muhly, Brett Dean and Matthew Martin. Since 2011 he has recorded exclusively for Harmonia Mundi.
    As a composer commissions have included BBC Concert Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, O Duo, Park Lane Group, and the Solstice Quartet. As an animateur and through outreach work he has conducted projects in Tower Hamlets, Wigmore Hall, English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and overseas in Nigeria, Palestine, across Europe and the USA. He is Artistic Director of Fringe in the Fen, a music and arts festival in Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
    He studied music at Clare College, Cambridge and conducting at the Royal College of Music, London. He held a conducting scholarship with the London Symphony Chorus, has served as assistant conductor for Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Jurowski and Diego Masson, and acted as Chorus Master for Sir Colin Davis, Sir Mark Elder, Ivor Bolton, Edward Gardner, Richard Tognetti and Lars Ulrik Mortensen.
    Graham Ross is always willing to meet with prospective music students and Choral Scholars interested in applying to Clare College at any point throughout the year. There will be an opportunity to offer advice, informally sing a piece of your choice, and to discuss the choral admissions process.
  • Assistant Organist

    Nicholas Morris

    Nicholas Morris spent his early musical years as a chorister at Westminster Abbey under the direction of James O’Donnell. He was subsequently a Music and Academic Scholar at Uppingham School. Between 2011 and 2014, Nicholas held the Organ Scholarship at Queens’ College, Cambridge, where he also read for a degree in music. After graduation, he moved to the West Midlands and took up the post of Assistant Organist at Birmingham Cathedral. In September 2016, he joined the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge as Assistant Organist.
    Nicholas has performed extensively as a soloist both in the UK and abroad. International engagements have included performances in Norway, the United States, and in the opening concert of the 2012 City of Münster Orgelsommer. UK recital venues have included St Paul's, Westminster, and Southwark Cathedrals in London, the Cathedrals in Wells, Ely and Truro, and Westminster Abbey. Nicholas has a particular interest in new music, and gave a solo recital as part of the 2014 London Festival of Contemporary Church music. He regularly collaborates with composer Toby Young and has premiered several of his works.
    Nicholas also enjoys performing with singers and instrumentalists. He has recently appeared as director and harpsichord soloist in Bach's Fifth Brandenburg Concerto, and will perform as organ soloist in Poulenc’s Organ Concerto in Birmingham Town Hall in March 2017. As accompanist to the Cambridge University Musical Society (CUMS) Chorus during 2012 and 2013, Nicholas acted as an assistant to Stephen Cleobury, and was the organist for all concerts over the season. As the accompanist for the Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir in 2014 and 2015, he played for their busy schedule of concerts, CD recordings, and BBC radio broadcasts, under the direction of Paul Spicer.
    While in Cambridge, Nicholas took organ lessons with William Whitehead. He continues his studies in Birmingham with Henry Fairs
  • George Law Junior Organ Scholar

    Eleanor Carter

    Eleanor grew up in Guildford attending Tormead School as a music scholar. She started learning the organ at the age of nine, quickly going on to study with Katherine Dienes-Williams at Guildford Cathedral. She latterly attended the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music where she studied organ with Anne Marsden Thomas and Peter Holder, with the cello as her second study.  
    She regularly accompanies services at various local churches, and has had opportunities to play at Evensong in Canterbury and Chichester Cathedrals. Eleanor has also given organ recitals at various venues, such as St. Lawrence Jewry in London, and has participated in local and county festivals.
    Eleanor is also a cellist and pianist - particularly enjoying chamber music, she has played with the National Youth Chamber Orchestra, and the International Chamber Music Academy for several years. Through this ensemble playing she has performed at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and the Cadogan Hall.
  • Lydia Allain Chapman

    2nd year Classicist, Choral Scholar

    "It is an enormous privilege to be a member of Clare Choir. It somewhere I have been able to experience a rigorous musical education although I don’t study Music academically. The singing comes with being a member of is a ready-made social group of students from other years, studying a variety of subjects. Singing evensong means that you feel at the heart of the college chapel community where the music for worship is hugely appreciated.
    In my first year in Clare Choir I had the opportunity to tour the United States and the Far East. I have found touring hugely enjoyable, being able to see so many new places and sing in amazing venues alongside some of my closest friends."
  • Jackson Riley

    3rd year Natural Science Student, Choral Scholar

    "Joining the Choir at Clare has been one of the best decisions that I have made while at university!"

    "Joining the Choir at Clare has been one of the best decisions that I have made while at university! Singing Choral Evensong three times a week is really something to look forward to and is often very relaxing after a stressful day, when you can put aside whatever else you’ve been thinking about and just focus on enjoying the music.

    The Choir has links with many churches and concert venues around the world, as well as CD labels, meaning that at some point during almost every vacation we are either on tour, giving concerts, or recording beautiful music in gorgeous acoustics, something that I particularly look forward to.

    Singing in the choir has been a focal point of my time at Cambridge so far, and I know that the friends, music, and memories I’ve made will be long-lasting."

  • Josh Cleary

    2nd year Music student, Choral Scholar

    “Applying to Clare was a decision that came out of two factors: the college’s musical reputation made it the ideal place to be studying Music as an academic subject, and I was instantly drawn to the prospect of being part of one of Cambridge’s most prestigious and internationally renowned mixed-voice choirs.
    Being in the choir is constantly rewarding and enjoyable, whether it’s due to the incredible music we sing, covering a wide range of eras and styles, the places we get to visit on tour, or even just the time spent with such an amazing group of people. The community is so welcoming and close that we spend so much time with each other even when we’re not in concerts, rehearsals or tours!
    In my time in the choir so far, there have been so many unforgettable experiences, such as singing on television or in three different continents, and it has helped to make me a better singer through constant sight-singing training and the desire to be on top of your game in each service. Being in the choir truly is an experience like no other, and has been so integral in my university career so far!"