Nurturing musical talent

Playing The Organ

We aim to reach our target of £1 million in order to increase our resources and the opportunities to provide an outstanding musical education for our choristers, choral students and organ students.

Sample projects

Lessons in improvisation

Many of the country’s leading organists received their formative training at St John’s. A gift of £800 would provide lessons in improvisation for both our organ students for one year.

Graduate choral scholarships

In providing an excellent musical education, the Choir has proved particularly successful as a vehicle for developing vocal talent for the world of opera and oratorio. St John’s is keen to build on this success by offering opportunities to promising young singers who would benefit from a year singing in the Choir after graduation to develop their vocal technique. A gift of £15,000 would provide complete support for a graduate choral scholarship for one year. Such a scholarship could be endowed in perpetuity for £415,000.

Singing lessons

Both the Choral Scholars and the Choristers of the Choir are fortunate enough to benefit from singing lessons from internationally renowned singing teacher David Lowe. A gift of £10,000 would fund the Choral Scholars’ singing lessons for one year.

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30 June 2019
  • Responses and Preces: Leighton
  • Psalm 148 (Robinson)
  • Fayrfax: Magnificat Regale
  • Nunc Dimittis primi toni
  • Weir: Vertue
  • Hymns 383 (omit v. 3), 401 (omit v. 3)
  • Voluntary: J.S. Bach Fugue in E flat major (BWV 552ii)​

Latest news

The Choir began work today on a recording of Michael Finnissy's Anthems and Voluntaries, to be released on the St John's label in 2020.

First premiered by the Choir at a special service in June 2019, the work has been three years in the making, Composer-in-Residence Michael Finnissy collaborating closely with the Choir on each of its nine movements.

Choral singing comes no better

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer