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The Ascension Day Carol

For the first time since 2013, the Choir performed the Ascension Day Carol Service from the Chapel Tower after its restoration

The Choir at the Singapore Esplanade

We had a fantastic time on our recent tour to Hong Kong and Singapore. Read more and watch all of our features here

Mass in G minor

On Friday 18 May, the Choir will release its latest album on the 'St John's Cambridge' label with Signum Records, which features works by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Gentlemen of the Choir

The Choir seeks to appoint a Tenor Lay Clerk for the academic year 2018-19.

Hong Kong and Singapore

The Choir travels to the Far East for two concerts in Hong Kong and Singapore, with a programme entitled 'Faire is the Heaven'. There will be a pre-tour performance in the College Chapel

Nan Guest

It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing of Nan Guest - widow of former Director of Music George Guest - on 8 February.

St Matthew's Northampton

Members of the Choir, in conjunction with the David Ross Education Trust, visited Northampton recently to sing with six local choirs drawn from the Northampton area

The Choir at the Konzerthaus Berlin

We recently completed a successful Christmas Concert tour to Birmingham, Budapest, and Berlin, performing alongside the renowned concert organist Thomas Trotter

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.

Gramophone Awards 2017

Former choral scholar and chorister Iestyn Davies and label partners Signum Classics receive 'Baroque Vocal' and 'Best Label' in 2017 Gramophone Awards

KYRIE

The fourth album on the 'St John's Cambridge' label, KYRIE, has been released

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.

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13 May 2018
  • Introit: Exaudi Domine
  • Victoria: Missa O Quam Gloriosum
  • Gradual: Psalm 1 (tone i)
  • Hymns: 133, 138
  • Voluntary: J. S. Bach Fugue in G major (Gigue) (BWV 577)
Choral singing comes no better

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer