Commissions

George Guest, my predecessor who first established the Choir's worldwide reputation, was a great pioneer and innovator; introducing important new repertoire to Britain through services and recordings, creating a new and distinctive choral sound and taking the St John’s Choir to parts of the world which were new to British choirs.

Andrew Nethsingha - Director of Music

Singing seven services a week during term time, the Choir works through an extensive body of repertoire. Over the years, many great composers have written works for the Choir, and this pioneering spirit continues, through exciting commissioning. Throughout 2010 St John's collaborated with Choir and Organ magazine, commissioning and performing six new works from young and talented composers. In 2011 the College's 500th anniversary year has given cause for a number of high-profile commissions from composers including John Rutter and James Macmillan.

Listen to a selection of our commissions using the audio player below.

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20 November 2021
  • Responses and Preces: Rose
  • Psalm 104 vv.1-10 (tone iii)
  • Readings: Genesis 45.1-15, John 20.19-23
  • Kennedy (Worcester Service)
  • Biebl: Ave Maria
  • Voluntary: Franck Choral no.1 in E major

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