Nurturing musical talent

Playing The Organ

We aim to reach our target of £1 million in order to increase our resources and the opportunities to provide an outstanding musical education for our choristers, choral students and organ students.

Sample projects

Lessons in improvisation

Many of the country’s leading organists received their formative training at St John’s. A gift of £800 would provide lessons in improvisation for both our organ students for one year.

Graduate choral scholarships

In providing an excellent musical education, the Choir has proved particularly successful as a vehicle for developing vocal talent for the world of opera and oratorio. St John’s is keen to build on this success by offering opportunities to promising young singers who would benefit from a year singing in the Choir after graduation to develop their vocal technique. A gift of £15,000 would provide complete support for a graduate choral scholarship for one year. Such a scholarship could be endowed in perpetuity for £415,000.

Singing lessons

Both the Choral Scholars and the Choristers of the Choir are fortunate enough to benefit from singing lessons from internationally renowned singing teacher David Lowe. A gift of £10,000 would fund the Choral Scholars’ singing lessons for one year.

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17 November 2017

​This week's webcast features Pelham Humfrey's Evening Service in E Minor. Humfrey died at the age of 27, but exerted a strong influence on his peers even at his young age.

Latest news

Joanna Ward

On Thursday 26 October, the Choir performed the first commission of the term: 'The Banquet' by undergraduate Joanna Ward. The piece featured men's voices and a double bass, played by Joe Cowie, and it was funded with generous support from Paul & Joanna Lindsell and Jeremy & Jodie Podger.

Choral singing comes no better

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer