Commissions

George Guest, my predecessor who first established the Choir's worldwide reputation, was a great pioneer and innovator; introducing important new repertoire to Britain through services and recordings, creating a new and distinctive choral sound and taking the St John’s Choir to parts of the world which were new to British choirs.

Andrew Nethsingha - Director of Music

Singing seven services a week during term time, the Choir works through an extensive body of repertoire. Over the years, many great composers have written works for the Choir, and this pioneering spirit continues, through exciting commissioning. Throughout 2010 St John's collaborated with Choir and Organ magazine, commissioning and performing six new works from young and talented composers. In 2011 the College's 500th anniversary year has given cause for a number of high-profile commissions from composers including John Rutter and James Macmillan.

You can listen to a selection of our commissions using the audio player below.

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17 April 2018

This week's webcast is sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir. The Anthem was composed for St. John's three years ago and received its premiere in May 2015.

Featured event

Mass in G minor
18 May 2018

A special Evensong including works by Ralph Vaughan Williams on the release date of our album of his music, Mass in G minor

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Mass in G minor

On Friday 18 May, the Choir will release its latest album on the 'St John's Cambridge' label with Signum Records, which features works by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Choral singing comes no better

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer