In this section you can find out more about how to become a member of the Choir of St John's College.

The Choir comprises Choristers (boys and girls aged 8 to 13 who sing the top line) and Choral Scholars (undergraduate students who sing the alto, tenor and bass lines).

There are also two Organ Scholars, also students at the College, who play for services and rehearsals and help the Director of Music rehearse the Choir.

Choristers at St John's

Our Choristers are part of a centuries-old tradition with a vibrant modern present, achieving the highest musical standards in addition to studying at the award-winning St John's College School

Choral Scholars at St John's

Apply to join our team of alto, tenor and bass Choral Scholars - all of whom are students at Cambridge.

Organ Scholars at St John's

Our Organ Scholars fulfil a vital role in the choir, accompanying and occasionally leadings services as well as assisting in training the choristers. Many going on to pursue high profile musical careers

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9 March 2024


A Meditation on the Passion of Christ is a service of music and readings reflecting on the Passion of Christ. This year the service features music by Byrd, Purcell, Weelkes and MacMillan, as well as the final piece of a triptych of works written for the choir by Joanna Marsh.

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Magnificat 4 includes two commissions written specially for the Choir of St John's College; Jonathan Dove's 2022 canticle setting St John's Service, and Judith Weir's 2011 service of the same name.

Winner of the 2008 Ivor Novello Award for classical music, Jonathan Dove CBE has composed a broad range of works and is one of the most successful British composers today. 

Jonathan was kind enough to share insights into his St John's Service, the compositional process, and what we can look forward to in the future.

The commitment, projection and natural energy of this choir have never failed to inspire me

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