Director of Music: 
Andrew Nethsingha
Organ Scholar: 
Edward Picton-Turbervill
Release date: 
May 2016
  • George Balfour, Joel Branston, Oliver Brown (treble)
  • Jack Hawkins, Thomas Lilburn, Hamish McLaren, Alexander Simpson (counter tenor)
  • William Ashford, Michael Bell, John Clapham, Benedict Flinn, Xavier Hetherington (tenor)
  • Quintin Beer, Stephen Matthews, Oliver Morris, August Perkins Ray, Theodore Platt (bass)
Record label: 
St John's Cambridge/Signum
Catalogue number: 
Award Winner (Choral)
BBC Music Magazine
April 2017
Critics' Choice
December 2016
Editor's Choice
July 2016
CD of the Month
Choir & Organ
June 2016

The Choir presents an award-winning recording of sacred works by Jonathan Harvey - a composer with close associations with St John's, having studied there and been awarded an Honorary Fellowship.

Alongside Toccata for Organ and Tape and the organ solo Laus Deo, the recording also features the popular anthems Come, Holy GhostI love the Lord and two works, The Annunciation and The Royal Banners, written especially for the choir.

The disc received a BBC Music Magazine Award in the Choral category in 2017 and has received much critical acclaim.

Track list

  1. I Love the Lord
  2. Magnificat
  3. Nunc Dimittis
  4. Tocatta for Organ and Tape
  5. Come, Holy Ghost
  6. Praise ye the Lord
  7. Missa Brevis: Kyrie
  8. Missa Brevis: Gloria
  9. Missa Brevis: Sanctus and Benedictus
  10. Missa Brevis: Agnus Dei
  11. The Royal Banners Forward Go
  12. Laus Deo
  13. The Annunciation


This is an essential disc not only for admirers of Jonathan Harvey’s work in general but for all those interested in contemporary sacred music

Ivan Moody, Gramophone

★★★★★ ecstatic... richly challenging... The Choir tackles it all with confidence and clarity
a terrific disc... These are performances to treasure, of great intensity and remarkable power
The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, has done one of its old boys proud... ambition has paid off handsomely... the music on this disc is so varied and inspiring

Richard Fairman, Financial Times

Andrew Nethsingha and the St John’s forces have this often-challenging repertoire well under control, delivering characterful yet authoritative performances of which they can be justly proud

CD of the Month, Choir & Organ

No choir performs these works better than St. John’s, which sings with the intensity, commitment, and, under music director Andrew Nethsingha, attention to detail that Harvey requires

James Imam, Classics Today

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