A Meditation on the Passion of Christ (also known as the Lent Meditation Service) is a service of music and readings reflecting on the Passion of Christ, with music by Bruckner, Byrd, Ireland, Lotti, Morales, Robinson and Stainer.
On 20 May, the College will be launching its brand new St John’s recording label (in conjunction with Signum)! This exciting new venture will not only be releasing the Choir's upcoming CDs, but also recordings by some of the world-class musicians who are members of the College community and alumni.
The first CD, released on 20 May, is Deo. The College Choir presents a varied recording of sacred works by Jonathan Harvey - a composer with close associations with St John's, having studied there and been awarded an Honorary Fellowship.
The College's traditional Ascension Day service took place on 5 May. Attended by pupils and staff of St John's College School, the service begins in Chapel, then moves outside to First Court, where the assembled congregation hears the Ascension Day Carol sung from the Chapel tower at noon. There was beautiful sunshine this year and we were pleased to welcome many visitors to enjoy the spectacle the service and the singing!
Observer reviewer Fiona Maddocks has awarded the Choir's new CD 'Deo', choral music by Jonathan Harvey, five stars in a review published on Sunday.
Calling the disc 'ecstatic' and 'richly challenging', Maddocks draws attention to the close links between Harvey and the College, and also the parallels between the lives of the composer and Director of Music Andrew Nethsingha.