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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


Because of the impact worldwide of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2020 International Summer Programmes have been replaced by the Virtual Summer Festival of Learning

The University of Cambridge is renowned as an historic centre of choral excellence. Its many collegiate choirs have, for centuries, maintained a tradition which is regarded as one of the United Kingdom’s richest and most distinctive cultural assets. Thus Cambridge is the ideal place to explore this tradition; and this programme provides a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the history, repertoire and practice of the English Choral Tradition.

Watch this video to find out more about the programme and hear from Dr Edward Wickham.



Who can apply? 

We welcome applications from c40 students: 24 for the Choral Music in Context stream and 16 for the Choral Music in Performance stream.  

Participation in the Choral Music in Performance stream will be determined on the basis of audition materials, to be submitted as part of the application process. Because the Choral Music in Performance students will be forming a choir, consideration will be given to creating a suitably balanced ensemble. 

Criteria for Acceptance on CMP Stream 

Those wishing to be considered for the CMP stream should be either experienced choral singers or directors, and should send in with their application the following items, additional to their general application: 

  • a CV outlining their solo vocal and choral experience OR choral directing experience 
  • a video of the student performing a solo song or aria and of the student performing within a choral ensemble (chamber choir or consort) OR conducting such an ensemble 
  • a reference from a teacher or choir director in support of the student’s application 

Applications will initially be assessed on a first-come-first-served basis. However, acceptance on this stream may in some cases be delayed in the interests of creating a balanced ensemble. Students should indicate in their application whether they wish to be considered ONLY for the CMP stream or for either stream. 

English Language requirements

To ensure that all participants are able to enjoy studying with us, you will need to be confident understanding and following arguments presented in written and spoken English at university level. If English is not your native language, you will need to satisfy yourself that you have an appropriate level of English language proficiency in line with the following recommended tests (achieved in the same sitting and no more than 4 years before the date of your application):

  • IELTS (Academic), IELTS for UKVI Academic or IELTS IndicatorMinimum overall band score of 6.5 or above, with no less than 6.0 in each of the four components
  • C1 Advanced: Overall score of 180, with no element lower than 176 OR CAE (Cambridge English Advanced): Grade A or B or 176 points overall on the Cambridge English Scale
  • C2 ProficiencyOverall score of 200with no element lower than 185 OR CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency): Grade C or above or 200 points overall on the Cambridge English Scale
  • TOEFL iBT or TOEFL Home Edition: Overall score of 92 with no individual element below 22

In order for your results to be verified by our office, please provide the following:

  • For IELTS Academic, IELTS for UKVI Academic or IELTS Indicator: your certificate or Test Report Form (TRF) number
  • For CAE/C1 Advanced and CPE/C2 Proficiency: via the Cambridge Assessment Candidate Website: please give the University of Cambridge Summer Programmes permission to view your results
  • For TOEFL iBT or TOEFL Home Edition: your full 16-digit registration number and your date of birth (mm/dd/yyyy)

* We recognise that some applicants may have undertaken all or part of their education in English and/or may have extensive experience using English on a regular basis in their professional life, and as such could reasonably be expected to fully participate in our Programmes without the above tests. If you think you may be eligible to apply on this basis (subject to submission of relevant evidence), you can tick the relevant box when applying and we will contact you in order to set up a call. 

Accessibility and support for students with additional requirements

We make every effort both to anticipate and to make reasonable adjustments to meet the requirements of those students with additional needs including those with unseen disabilities, including mental health conditions, and specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia. 

It is essential that you let us know about any additional requirements as soon as possible so that we can offer you the support and advice you require before the start of the Summer Programme, enabling a smooth transition to your studies. Please ensure you include any additional requirements when applying for the programme. 

If you indicate on your application form that you require additional support, you will be sent a Student Additional Requirements Form (SARF) to complete. The form asks for further details about your requirements and support needs, and requests that you submit supporting evidence. 

If you have any particular requirements or queries please contact the Disability Liaison team at 

Programme dates

10 Jul 2022 to 23 Jul 2022

Programme duration

2 Weeks

Apply by

19 Jun 2022

Programme director

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


International Summer Programme
Sidgwick Site
United Kingdom

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