The Sidney Sussex College Choir is a friendly and welcoming community which maintains consistently high musical standards.

Choral Scholarships

We are seeking applicants for all voice types, up to a maximum of three per voice part for each year. Choral Scholars receive an annual stipend in line with the University Choral Scholarships scheme, and free singing lessons. Other perks include free national and international tours, Choir formals, and a number of social events throughout the academic year. For further information, please contact the Director of Music.

Discover more about applying for a Choral Scholarship on the University website.


Sidney is an ideal Choir for those who cannot commit to a daily singing routine, but are still keen to make music at the highest level and take part in annual tours and commercial recordings. The regular term-time commitments are as follows:

Sundays: 4.45 pm rehearsal for 6.00 pm Choral Evensong
Wednesdays: 5.15 pm rehearsal for 6.30 pm Latin Choral Vespers
Thursdays: 5.30 - 7.00 pm rehearsal (for upcoming music)
Fridays: 5.15 pm rehearsal for 6.30 pm Choral Evensong​

Free formal hall is offered on Fridays and Sundays. Extra rehearsals are occasionally arranged at the beginning of the academic year, and for recordings, tours, and special College events.

Members 2019 - 2020


Sidney Sussex Choir Ipoh Concert

Sopranos: Cosima Ballance, Kate Foxton, Saskia Frisby, Emma Grainger, MinJee Kim, Laura Mullaly 

Altos: Charlotte Bailey, Anna Behrens, Persephone Bell, Annika Maus (Music Administrator), Tristan Selden

Tenors: David Cotter, Thomas Hillman, Jonathan Jolly, Richard Walmsley

Baritones: Benjamin Porteous, Calum Urquhart

Basses: Theodore Gill, Mark Thornton (Senior Choral Scholar)

Senior Organ Scholar: Hugh Rowlands

Graduate Organ Scholar: Jack Wilson

Senior Choral Scholar

Mark Thornton is in his fourth year at Sidney studying Natural Sciences. Mark began his singing career at the Royal Grammar School Guildford, singing in three different choirs. Highlights of this time included singing evensongs in Trinity College Chapel and Chichester Cathedral, and performing concerts at venues including the Sagrada Familia. Mark also achieved Grade 8s on clarinet and piano while at school. Mark played first clarinet for Surrey County Youth Wind Orchestra and Guildford Youth Symphony Orchestra which included playing at the Royal Albert Hall. Since 2016, he has been a bass Choral Scholar at Sidney and has also performed with the University Chamber Choir for Verdi’s requiem in King’s Chapel. In his free time, Mark is likely to be found on a committee, for example SSCSU or Sidney Sussex June Event 2018, or playing mixed lacrosse for the University.

Music Administrator
Annika Maus, the Music Administrator at Sidney Sussex

After studying Psychology as an undergraduate in Heidelberg, Germany, Annika Maus went on to do a Masters in Child Development at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Alongside her role as Music Administrator at Sidney Sussex, Annika is involved in projects around children’s development and education and enjoys spending time playing the violin and singing in different orchestras and choirs in Cambridge. Please do not hesitate to contact Annika with any questions about the Choir on I +44 1223 761676.