The Choir is known to millions through its many recordings. Its impressive discography, which includes nearly 100 discs* which date back to its first recording in 1958, spans centuries of composition, and this breadth continues with the recent recordings of Mozart, Purcell, Wesley, and Harvey, all being released to much acclaim. (*This number does not include re-releases).
In May 2016, the College launched its brand new St John’s recording label (in conjunction with Signum). This exciting new venture will not only be releasing the Choir's upcoming CDs, but also recordings by some of the world-class musicians who are members of the College community and alumni.
After their first release on the new label, 'DEO' was met with critical acclaim – as well as winning a BBC Music Magazine Award in 2017 – the College released three further Choir discs: 'Christmas with St John's' in 2016, KYRIE in 2017, and 'Mass in G minor' in 2018. On Friday 19th October, we released the sixth disc on the label, Advent Live: a collection of live BBC recordings from our Advent Carol services.
This week's webcast is of the Eucharist held on All Souls' Day, which commemorates All Souls, the Holy Souls, or the Faithful Departed; that is, the souls of Christians who have died. The setting of the Requiem Mass is Maurice Duruflé's monumental Op. 9, published in 1948.