Continuing to innovate

Bach Cantata

We aim to reach our target of £500,000 in order to keep the Choir at the forefront of developments in choral music through new commissions and other innovations.

Sample projects

Bach Cantata Evensongs

A gift of £30,000 would fund one Cantata Evensong per term for five years, featuring players from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, one of the finest period instrument ensembles in the world.

New music

The Choir regularly commissions music from leading composers, and one-off gifts of between £3,000 and £5,000 would fund new commissions of choral music.

A donor’s story - Philip Oakes

Philip Oakes (BA 1983) gave £100,000 in 2008 to establish the Oakes Fund, which supports commissions of new music for the Choir:

"Only later in life did I fully appreciate how privileged I was to study at St John’s. Having been fortunate enough to have had my time there paid for by others, the College setting me up for my subsequent career, I felt it only right I should give something back. Listening to such a beautiful sound in our Chapel, in the knowledge I’ve somehow contributed, is such an emotional experience. I now attend Choir events not just delighting in the music, but also greatly appreciating the warmth with which I’m received on every occasion. St John’s Choir is special not only for its excellence, but also for the friendliness of those who bring about such excellence. I can’t recommend donating to the Choir strongly enough, and I urge you to join me."

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  • Responses and Preces: Radcliffe
  • Psalm 99 (Whitlock)
  • Berkeley (Chichester Service)
  • Finnissy: Dum transisset Sabbatum
  • Hymns 394, 117
  • Preacher: The Dean
  • Voluntary: J. S. Bach  Fugue in E minor (BWV 548ii)

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The Choir's new album - Locus Iste - reached Number 6 in the Official Specialist Classical Chart Top 30. 

The album - celebrating the 150th anniversary of St John's College Chapel - was the chart's highest new entry, sharing the Top 10 list with artists such as Einaudi and Lang Lang. 

We would like to thank all of you who have bought, downloaded or streamed Locus Iste so far and for supporting the Choir's valuable work.

Choral singing comes no better

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer