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Music infographic - c. 63 admitted per year at Cambridge, Music A Level or equivalent, or ABRSM Grade 8 Music Theory required, c. 2 admitted per year at Pembroke


Music at Pembroke

Pembroke has a lively music tradition. A mixed-voice Chapel Choir sings a wide repertoire. A flourishing Music Society organises choral, orchestral and chamber concerts, as well as instrumental recitals throughout the year. The College is a member of the Instrumental Awards Scheme. The organ scholars play a major role in College as well as Chapel musical affairs. The College's music is overseen by the current Director of Music, Anna Lapwood, who regularly conducts the Chapel Choir. A professional concert series featuring Lieder singers of international stature, and high level masterclasses for student Lieder duos, are organised by the College Musician, Joseph Middleton. Recent events include recitals and master classes with internationally renowned artists such as Dame Felicity Lott, Sir Thomas Allen and Ian Bostridge. Following a significant bequest to the College for the development of music within the College, music making of all kinds is generously supported. Undergraduates reading music are provided with a keyboard in their College room.


Pembroke College wishes to attract undergraduates who have a serious interest in a Tripos course which is primarily academic.  Applicants need not necessarily be specialist performers (music interviews will be primarily concerned with testing academic rather than practical aptitude). On the other hand, performance and composition are integral parts of the Tripos and  high levels of skill in either of these are well regarded as long as they are accompanied by an informed and inquisitive approach to practical music. The nature of the music course, which involves only a limited amount of time spent on lectures and supervisions, is best suited to well-organised and self-motivated students. Any combination of A-levels is acceptable. Either an A grade A-level in Music, or ABRSM Grade 8 Music Theory is essential (though it should be noted that A-level Practical Music cannot count as one of the two A-levels required in order to satisfy University matriculation requirements). A basic knowledge of harmony, counterpoint and analytical skills, such as can be studied at A-level, is a distinct advantage. For further information about the Music Tripos, the teaching of Music at Pembroke and admissions for Music candidates to the College please contact the Admissions Office in the first instance. See also the page about Music on the University website.

Instrumental Awards
The College participates in the Instrumental Awards Scheme for gifted musicians interested in chamber music. More information about the Scheme can be found on the University's website.

Go to the Music faculty website