Welcome to SJC Live, our web archive. These tracks are all taken from live services, complete with their imperfections! I hope that this resource may encourage conductors in schools and churches to explore some new repertoire with their choirs. Many choirmasters get sent large quantities of sheet music from publishers, but sometimes it can be helpful to hear actual performances.
I hope this small selection can offer some joy and comfort to the listener.
Andrew Nethsingha, Director of Music
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Jonathan Harvey’s experience of church music began as a chorister at St Michael’s College, Tenbury, where he sang 13 services each week. He recalled one particular loud chord in a post-service organ improvisation as being a moment of great epiphany in which he knew he would be a composer. I myself was also brought up in the idyllic surroundings of St Michael’s, where my father was Organist in the 1960s. Harvey was later an undergraduate here at St John’s.