Choral Scholarships at St John's

Our Director Andrew Nethsingha and Lay Clerk Simon Grant introduce our series with an overview of life as a Choral Scholar, beginning our journey around the College in First Court.

Music you have heard:

Elgar 'Give unto the Lord':
Harris 'Faire is the heaven': or
Guerrero 'Ave virgo sanctissima':
Janáček ‘Chléb náš’ Otčenáš: or

Choral Scholar Will O'Brien takes us into the Chapel to review the musical opportunities within the Choir as well as across the university. Andrew Nethsingha details the music that takes place in College, and Lay Clerk Matthew Gibson tells us of his experiences as a conductor with SJCMS, the College's Music Society.

Music you have heard:

J.S. Bach 'Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen':
Harvey 'Magnificat': or
Swayne 'Adam lay ibounden': or
Vaughan Williams 'The lark ascending': or
Beethoven 'Coriolan Overture':

Tom Butler and Louis Watkins, the current Manager and Musical Director of the Gentlemen of St John's, explain what goes on within the Gents' close harmony group. Simon Grant reviews the mainstay annual events for the Gents from New Court.

Music you have heard:

'Part time lover': or
'If I were a boy':
'With a little help from my friends': or

Whilst the Gents perform 'Fever' from one of the Cripps bedrooms, Tom Butler goes through how accommodation is allocated throughout undergraduate study at St John's College.

Music you have heard:



Simon Grant, Alex Semple, and Louis Watkins discuss their experiences of studying at Cambridge whilst singing in the Choir and taking part in a variety of opportunities within the university. Simon explains how Choral Scholars prepare for the music scheduled for the term, and Louis touches on what goes on during the holidays.

Music you have heard:

Franck 'Panis angelicus':
Mozart 'Ave verum':
Durante 'Magnificat':
'The Lady is a Tramp': or
Vaughan Williams 'Lord, thou hast been': or

Whilst the Gents punt along the River Cam singing 'Blue Moon', Simon Grant – who studied at Robinson College – touches on how some of the Gents study at other colleges whilst singing in the Choir at St John's.

Music you have heard:

'Blue Moon': or

George Vines is a first year who sings with the Choir whilst studying Natural Sciences at Robinson College. Here he gives an overview of his time with the Choir so far from his home in rural Wales.

Music you have heard:

Stanford 'Magnificat in A': or
Byrd 'Ne irascaris': or
Poulenc 'Salve Regina': or
Biebl 'Ave Maria': or
'Santa Claus is coming to town': or
Tallis 'Videte miraculum': or

Our Director Andrew Nethsingha rounds off our series from the Backs of St John's. He would be very happy to meet you either in person or online, hear you sing, and offer any advice and guidance that he can. Do get in touch with us if you are interested so that we can arrange something for you.

Contact us if you have any questions at: or +44 (0) 1223 338 718

Music you have heard:

Howells 'Magnificat Collegium Regale':

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Recorded on
15 March 2022
  • Responses and Preces: Radcliffe
  • Psalm 18 vv. 1-6 (tone i)
  • Readings: Ezekiel 36.22-27, Acts 19.1-10
  • Howells (Collegium Regale)
  • Elgar: Give unto the Lord
  • Voluntary: Bach  Prelude in C minor

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