You hardly need to visit our Alumni page to see the large number of former St John's Choristers and Gents who are in the international music scene's spotlight. Just in the last few weeks, Simon Keenlyside has been at the Bavarian State Opera, Iestyn Davies has been at St John's, Smith Square and Chicago Lyric Opera, Jonathan Nott has been conducting the Bamberg SO all over the USA and Allan Clayton has made his debut with New York City Opera.
More revelations surface this week, however, with the announcement of this year's BBC Proms season — a host of Johnians flood the programmes as conductors, composers and soloists – watch out for Julius Foo who left the Choir as Head Chorister in July 2011!
22 July, Berlioz The Trojans – Ed Lyon (Choral Scholar 1998-2001) Hylas
2 August, Bach B Minor Mass – Iestyn Davies (Chorister 1987-93; Choral Scholar 1999-2002) and Ed Lyon tenor and alto soloists.
3 August, Bruckner 8th symphony – Donald Runnicles (Undergraduate 1972-75) conductor
5 August, Chilcott The Angry Planet – David Hill (Organ Scholar 1975-78; DoM 2003-07) conductor
5 August, NYOS and BBC Scottish – Donald Runnicles conductor
6 August, Bernstein Mass – Julius Foo (Chorister 2007-2011) soloist
14 August, London Sinfonietta – Jonathan Harvey (Honorary Fellow) composer of Mortuos plango, vivos voco
19 August, Gilbert & Sullivan – Leigh Melrose (Choral Scholar 1991-94) baritone (Lt Sir Richard Cholmondeley)
22 August, with I Fagiolini – Charles Gibbs (Choral Scholar 1981-83) bass
24 August, Britten Peter Grimes – Leigh Melrose baritone (Ned Keene)
29 August, Howells and Elgar – Herbert Howells (Acting Organist 1941-45; Honorary Fellow) composer of Hymnus Paradisi