Choral Scholars

The collective vocal heft of the ensemble's young choral scholars remains a potent weapon under Nethsingha's direction.

Classic FM Magazine 2012

The Alto, Tenor and Bass parts are usually taken by 15 Undergraduates at St John's, who are known as Choral Scholars. Choral Scholars study a variety of subjects (all are available except Architecture and Veterinary Medicine).

Choral and Organ Scholars often go on to highly successful musical careers: Alumni include Simon Keenlyside, Iestyn Davies and Allan Clayton (opera singers), David Pountney (opera director), John Scott, David Hill and Stephen Cleobury (conductors).

All Choral Scholars at St John’s sing in their own ensemble The Gentlemen of St John's, known as 'The Gents'.  The group performs separately at around 30 external engagements per year, as well as hosting their famous Garden Party and performing the final set at the St John's May Ball.  The Gents have recently toured Singapore, Italy, Germany and Thailand and have recorded their ninth CD, Indulgence.   

If you are interested in singing with the Choir, please visit our Becoming a Choral Scholar page.

The main choir's offshoot, the sparkling Gentlemen of St John's, do sharp business with close harmony arrangements.

Fiona Maddocks at The Observer

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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.  

Read the full review.

Choral singing comes no better

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer