Webcasts

We were the first Choir of our kind to broadcast weekly webcasts of our services. Find our most recent live recordings here.

Recorded on
29 May 2016

This service includes the first performance of Nico Muhly's St John's Service, a work commissioned by the Master and Fellows of the College with generous support from Michael McLaren QC and Caroline McLaren.

Recorded on
15 May 2016

Sir Michael Tippett was an English composer who lived from 1905 to 1998. 

Recorded on
7 May 2016

Dr Christopher Robinson was Director of Music at St John's College, Cambridge from 1991-2003. He was formerly organ scholar at Christ Church, Oxford before becoming Director of Music at Worcester Cathedral and then St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Recorded on
1 May 2016

Each year a service is held in Easter Term to commemorate the benefactors of the College.

Recorded on
27 April 2016

This service was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on the Choral Evensong programme. It includes an introit, Jesu, grant me this I pray, composed by former Director of Music Dr Christopher Robinson.

Recorded on
24 April 2016

The Introit from this service, Jesu, grant me this, I pray, was composed by former Director of Music, Christopher Robinson. The Choir also performed the work as an introit on Wednesday 27 April as part of Choral Evensong, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Recorded on
5 March 2016

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.

Recorded on
2 March 2016

The anthem from this service, O vos omnes, was composed for the choir by Alex Woolf, an undergraduate music student at St John's. The work received its first performance in this service.

Recorded on
27 February 2016

Thomas Weelkes lived from 1576 to 1623 and was an organist as well as a composer. He became organist of Winchester college in 1598 before moving to Chichester Cathedral.

Recorded on
23 February 2016

The Choir of Gonville and Caius College was founded at the end of the nineteenth century by the celebrated composer of Anglican church music, Charles Wood. The choir became an exclusively undergraduate male choir under its next director of music, Patrick Hadley.

Recorded on
6 February 2016

John Scott (Organ Student 1974-78) died on 12 August 2015.

Recorded on
5 February 2016

Ich harre des Herrn is the third movement from Bach's Cantata BWV 131.

Recorded on
31 January 2016

Vaughan Williams' Mass in G Minor was composed in 1921 and dedicated to Gustav Holst and the Singers at Thaxted in North Essex.

Recorded on
23 January 2016

Bernstein's Chichester Psalms were commissioned in 1965 by the Rev'd Walter Hussey who had previously commissioned works by Britten, Walton and Finzi.

Recorded on
17 January 2016

This Candlelit Service of readings and music celebrates the season of Epiphany.

Recorded on
29 November 2015

Each year, the Advent Carol Service is broadcast live on BBC Radio  3 from St John's. This webcast is our own recording of the same service. 

The service includes a selection of readings, prayers and music for the season of Advent.

Recorded on
24 November 2015

Peter Tranchell was a composer and lecturer of Music at the University of Cambridge. He was a Fellow at Gonville and Caius College and directed the Choir as Praecentor of the College.

Recorded on
22 November 2015

For the first webcast of 2016, here is a Sung Eucharist from last term.

Recorded on
15 November 2015

Parry’s six ‘Songs of Farewell’ were written between 1916-18 towards the end of his life. ‘My soul, there is a country’ is the first of the set and one of the most regularly performed. 

Recorded on
8 November 2015

Fauré composed his Requiem between 1887 and 1890 and it is his best known large-scale work.

Recorded on
7 November 2015

John Sheppard was a composer and singer who lived from c.1515-1558. He was appointed 'Informator Choristarum' at Magdalen College, Oxford in 1543 and subsequently became a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal in 1552. 

Recorded on
4 November 2015

Orlande de Lassus was one of the most influential composers of the Renaissance. He was born in modern-day Belgium and worked in a variety of different locations across Europe, from Mantua to Munich.

Recorded on
17 October 2015

The St Paul's Service of Howells is an example of an expansive and luscious acoustic being accommodated by a slow rate of harmonic change in the music.

Recorded on
11 October 2015

Lennox Berkeley (1903-89) was an English composer. In 1927, he moved to Paris to continue his musical studies where he was taught by Nadia Boulanger.

Brahms
Recorded on
10 October 2015

Brahms’ ‘Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen’ is taken from his German Requiem – a large-scale seven-movement work. The text of the work is not the usual Catholic Requiem mass but rather various scriptural passages (in German). The text of this particular movement is taken from Psalm 84.

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Stanford University Chorale visited St John's College in June for a well-received weekend's residency, including two Evensongs, on Friday and Saturday 17 & 18 June, and a concert in Chapel on Sunday 19.  

Hailing from Palo Alto, California, the Chorale is an acclaimed mixed voice ensemble, whose organist is former St John's Organ Scholar Robert Huw Morgan.  As well as a homecoming visit for him, the residency was also a chance for the singers to renew acquaintances with the College Choir after the two groups' joint concert in California earlier this year.

 

Choral singing comes no better

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer