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Recorded on
16 October 2016

This Eucharist service features the 'Little Organ Mass' by Joseph Haydn, written for the Barmherzige Brüder (Brothers Hospitallers) circa 1775.

Recorded on
9 October 2016

Hear the first Sunday Evensong of the year, which included the premiere of Philip Moore's 'The John Scott Service' in memory of the late choirmaster and organist.

Recorded on
2 October 2016

The Matriculation Service is the first service that the Choir sing together each year. At the service, all of the new members of College are welcomed before moving to Hall for Matriculation Dinner.

Recorded on
3 July 2016

This service was the final service of the academic year 2015-16. The Choir now have a week off before returning to chapel for a week of recording.

Recorded on
26 June 2016

Kenneth Leighton's Second Service was commissioned by the Cathedral Organists' Association and bears the dedication 'In memoriam Brian Runnett'.

Recorded on
5 June 2016

Kodaly's Missa Brevis was originally composed as an organ mass. He then rearranged the work for organ and mixed choir. The first performance was given in the cloakrooms of the Budapest Opera House during the siege of Budapest from 1944-45. 

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
22 May 2016

Poulenc finished his Messe en sol majeur in 1937 and dedicated the work to the memory of his father.

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.


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Christmas with St John's

'Christmas with St John's' is available today!

Following on from the Choir’s success in promoting new and exciting repertoire, its most recent festive recording features works from composers including Michael Finnissy, who’s piece John the Baptist was commissioned for the Choirs’ well-known Advent broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Bob Chilcott’s The Shepherd’s Carol was commissioned by Stephen Cleobury, who along with John Scott – composer of Creator of the Stars of Night – were once Organ Scholars at St John’s.

Choral singing comes no better

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer