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Jonathan Vaughn

Congratulations to former Organ Student Jonathan Vaughn, who has been appointed Associate Director of Music at Christ Church, Greenwich CT

"Subito" by Julia Hwang

Subito – the debut album by Music finalist and violinist Julia Hwang – is the first soloist recording to be released on the St John's label

Michael Finnissy

St John's College Composer in Residence, Michael Finnissy, has written Dum transisset Sabbatum as his first commission as Composer in Residence to be performed at Evensong on May 13th

George Guest Decca Box Set

Decca Classics has released a 42 CD Box set of George Guest's seminal 'Argo Records' recordings with the Choir of St John's

'Deo'

We're delighted that Deo - our disc of Jonathan Harvey's music - has won a BBC Music Magazine Award in the Choral category. Thank you so much for your support!

Andrew Nethsingha

The Choir had a fantastic time in Denmark this April, where we twice performed Haydn's Creation with the Herning Boys Choir and the Aarhus Symfoniorkester

The St John's College Organ

Congratulations to Mr Richard Gowers and Ms Polina Sosnina who are the joint winners of the 2017 Brian Runnett Competition.

St John's College Organ

We're thrilled that St John's Assistant Organist Joseph Wicks has been appointed Assistant Director of Music at Truro Cathedral, and former Organ Student Paul Provost as Rector Chori of Southwell Minster.

BBC Music Magazine Award

Voting is now open for the 2017 BBC Music Magazine Awards, and Deo - our recent recording of Jonathan Harvey's works - has been nominated in the Choral category

John Challenger

As our Director Andrew Nethsingha takes a sabbatical during the Lent Term, we are very pleased to welcome back former St John's Organ Scholar John Challenger as Acting Director of Music.

Dom St Blasien

Our Christmas concert season - taking us from London, across Germany and to the south of France - was a tremendous experience for the Choir

The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge

An unprecedented number of the Gentlemen of the Choir - 13 in all - are involved in both Britten's The Rape of Lucretia and Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, both of which are performed in Cambridge this term.

Iestyn Davies

Congratulations to former St John's Choral Scholar, Iestyn Davies, on being awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year's Honours List

Classic FM

Last week Classic FM released a video of the Choir performing Bob Chilcott's 'The Shepherd's Carol,' which has already received over 50,000 views! Have a watch on Facebook.

Dom St Blasien

This festive season, the Choir is setting out on a tour of many fantastic venues across Germany and France, where we'll sing repertoire including many of the tracks featured on our latest CD, 'Christmas with St John's.'

'Christmas with St John's'

We are delighted that 'Christmas with St John's has made no. 8 in the Specialist Classical Charts in its first week of release!

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.

St John’s College Choir is pleased to announce that Christmas with St John's, a brand new recording of traditional and contemporary music for the Advent and Christmas seasons, will be released this year.

The Choir is well-known for its annual Advent broadcast on BBC Radio Three and the recording includes Michael Finnissy’s John the Baptist, written especially for this service in 2014.

Talented young vocalists from around the UK will converge on Cambridge next week for a unique summer school which combines opportunities to experience university life with a chance to learn from leaders in the field.

The Cambridge Choral Course is being hosted by St John’s College, University of Cambridge, from 23 to 30 August. It is part of a wider national programme, aimed at young people aged 16-20 who have a talent and passion for singing and music.

BBC Radio 3 presenter Andrew McGregor pronounced the Choir's recently released collection of music by Jonathan Harvey, "absolutely outstanding" on his BBC Radio 3 programme on Saturday 16 July.

The programme also played a track from the disc, Harvey's Nunc Dimittis and went on to describe the “staggeringly accurate and polished performances” as “stunningly theatrical”.

 

Recording sessions began in the College Chapel on 11 July for a new disc due for release in 2017.

Including masses by Poulenc and Kodaly and music by Janacek, the disc will be the third by the Choir to be released on St John's College's newly-launched recording imprint on Signum Classics.

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.

 

The Choir's new recording, 'Deo' has received an Editor's Choice recommendation in Gramophone, after an excellent review.

The disc, which came out in May, has already earned much critical acclaim, including a five-star review in The Observer and CD of the Month in Choir and Organ, and forms the first recording for the College's new recording label, an imprint on Signum Classics.

You can read the full review here 

Benjamin Comeau, recent Organ Scholar of Girton College, has been commissioned to write a new work for men's voices. This piece, entitled 'Vanity of Vanities' received its first performance at Evensong on Wednesday 8 June.
The commission, by the Master and Fellows of St John's College, has been generously supported by Paul and Joanna Lindsell and Jeremy Podger.

The Choir's brand new recording of music by Jonathan Harvey has gone straight into the classical charts at #2 in its release week!

It has also garnered wide critical acclaim, including this selection of excellent reviews:

***** The Observer “ecstatic”  “richly challenging”  “The Choir tackles it all woth confidence and clarity”

***** Planet Hugill “a terrific disc”  “These are performances to treasure, of great intensity and remarkable power”

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14 August 2017

From the archives, this webcast of Choral Evensong features the first performance of Dum transisset Sabatum by Composer-in-Residence, Michael Finnissy, which was written in response to John Taverner's setting of the same text; also featured in this webcast.

Choral singing comes no better

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer