Webcasts

We were the first Choir of our kind to broadcast weekly webcasts of our services. Find our most recent live recordings here.

Recorded on
23 May 2019

 

Responses and Preces: Radcliffe
Psalms 110 (Lloyd), 111 (Smart)
Bevan: Magnificat octavi toni
Nunc Dimittis octavi toni
Tavener: The Lord’s Prayer
Boulanger: Lux aeterna
Hymn 486

Recorded on
26 May 2019

 

Introit: Byrd  Gloria Tibi Domine
Tye: Missa Euge Bone
Gradual: Psalm 68 vv. 1–10 (tone v)
Preacher: The Chaplain 
Credo: VI
Hymns 239, 494 (tune 413)
Voluntary: Tomkins A Substantial Verse

Recorded on
2 June 2019

 

Britten: Missa Brevis
Gradual: Psalm 97 (Martin)
Preacher: The Chaplain 
Credo: VII
Hymns 134, 128
Voluntary: Prelude in E minor BWV 548

Recorded on
5 June 2019

 

Responses and Preces: Rose
Psalm 28 (tone iv)
Moore (First Service)
Anna Semple: Footsteps in the Sand

Recorded on
6 July 2019

 

Responses and Preces: Rose
Psalm 32 (Rogers)
Murrill in E
Nunn: Sitivit anima mea  
Hymn 368
Voluntary: Vierne Final (Symphonie III)

Recorded on
9 June 2019

 

Introit: Palestrina Dum complerentur
Dove: Missa Brevis
Gradual: Psalm 104 vv. 24–34, 35b (tone iii)
Preacher: Sion Hughes Carew, Ordinand, Westcott House
Credo: I
Hymns 137, 367
Voluntary: Duruflé Choral Varié sur le thème du ‘Veni Creator’

Recorded on
7 July 2019

 

Introit: Gibbons This is the record of John
Poulenc: Mass in G
Gradual: Psalm 66 vv. 1–8 (tone i)
Preacher: The Dean
Credo: IV
Hymns 391, 336 (omit v. 2)
Voluntary: J.S. Bach Prelude in E flat major (BWV 552i)

Recorded on
3 July 2019
  • Responses and Preces: Rose
  • Psalm 18 vv. 20–27 (tone i)
  • Cruft (Collegium Regale)
  • Biebl: Ave Maria
Recorded on
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)​
Recorded on
2 May 2018

This service from the Easter Term of 2018 was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Music includes Herbert Howells Gloucester Service and John Taverner Dum Transisset Sabbatum

Recorded on
16 June 2019

 

  • Responses and Preces: Lloyd (Set 2)
  • Psalms 93 (J. Robinson), 150 (Talbot)
  • Antiphon: Benedictus es
  • Stanford in G
  • Rachmaninoff: Hymn of the Cherubim
  • Hymns 343, 466
  • Preacher: The Rev’d Dr Carys Walsh, Curate Training Officer, Diocese of Peterborough, R.S. Thomas
  • Voluntary: Stanford  Fantasia and Toccata in D minor

 

 

Recorded on
9 June 2019

 

  • Responses and Preces: Shephard
  • Psalm 48 (Goss)
  • Antiphon: Non vos relinquam
  • Howells (Collegium Regale)
  • Harvey: Come, Holy Ghost
  • Hymns 140, 408(i)
  • Preacher: The Rev’d Dr Paul Edmondson, Head of Research and Knowledge, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust William Shakespeare
  • Voluntary: J.S. Bach Komm, Heiliger Geist (BWV 651)

 

 

Recorded on
30 May 2019
  • Introit: Marenzio O Rex Gloriae
  • Responses and Preces: Rose
  • Psalm 47 (tone vii)
  • Antiphon: Pater, manifestavi nomen tuum
  • Sumsion in G
  • Boyce: The Lord is King

 

Recorded on
25 May 2019
  • Responses and Preces: Rose
  • Psalm 119 vv. 153–176 (Garrett, Goss, Walmisley)
  • Anderson (St John’s Service)
  • Anderson: My beloved spake
  • Hymn 393
  • Voluntary  Buxtehude Praeludium in E BuxWV 141 

 

Recorded on
19 May 2019

 

  • Responses and Preces: Radcliffe
  • Psalm 99 (Whitlock)
  • Berkeley (Chichester Service)
  • Finnissy: Dum transisset Sabbatum
  • Hymns 394, 117
  • Preacher: The Dean
  • Voluntary: J. S. Bach  Fugue in E minor (BWV 548ii)
Recorded on
11 May 2019

 

  • Responses and Preces: Smith
  • Psalm 71 vv. 1-12 (Parratt)
  • Buxtehude: Magnificat 
  • Taverner: Dum transisset Sabbatum
  • Hymn 106
Recorded on
5 May 2019

Each year a service is held in Easter Term to commemorate the benefactors of St John’s College. 

Recorded on
28 April 2019
  • Introit: Hildegard  O pastor animarum
  • Byrd: Mass for five voices
  • Gradual: Psalm 118 vv. 14-end (tone vi)
  • Preacher: The Dean
  • Credo: V
  • Hymns 115, 234(ii)
Recorded on
1 March 2019

 

  • Responses and Preces: Byrd
  • Psalm 7 (Clarke, Guest)
  • Moore (St John's Service)
  • Elgar: Give unto the Lord
  • Hymn 158
Recorded on
27 February 2019

 

  • Responses and Preces: Rose
  • Psalm 128 (tone ii)
  • Hassler: Magnificat quinti toni
  • Nunc Dimittis quinti toni
  • Poulenc: Seigneur, je vous en prie​
Recorded on
6 March 2019

This service was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 6th March 2019. Music includes Gregorio Allegri's Miserere Mei, Deus, and William Byrd's Ne Irascaris, Domine

Recorded on
17 February 2019

 

  • Responses and Preces: Ayleward
  • Psalm 89 vv. 1-12 (Alcock)
  • Leighton: Second Service
  • Stainer: God so loved the world
  • Hymns 463 (ii), 333
  • Preacher: The Rev'd Richard Coles
  • Voluntary: Howells  Allegro assai (Sonata no. 2)
Recorded on
10 March 2019
  • Introit: The Lent Prose
  • Langlais: Missa in simplicitate
  • Gradual: Psalm 91 vv. 1-11 (tone viii)
  • Preacher: The Dean
  • Credo: V
  • Hymns 84, 67
  • Voluntary: Bach  Fantasia in G minor (BVW 542) 
Recorded on
15 March 2019

 

  • Responses and Preces: Tomkins
  • Psalm 139 vv. 1-18, 23-24
  • Howells (Westminster Service)
  • Howells: Take him, earth, for cherishing
  • Hymn 94
Recorded on
9 March 2019

A Meditation on the Passion of Christ (also known as the Lent Meditation Service) is a service of music and readings reflecting on the Passion of Christ, with music by Ferguson, Grier, Lotti, Handel, Howells, Weir, Wills and Bach.

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Latest release

October 2019

In their first ever album dedicated solely to the Evening Canticles (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis), the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge releases Magnificat, a celebration of their daily tradition of choral Evensong.

Latest news

It is with sadness that we announce that the Master of St John's College, Professor Sir Christopher Dobson, died on Sunday 8 September.

He is survived by his wife, Dr Mary Dobson, their sons, Richard and William, and his beloved dog, Jimbo. He was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and died at the Royal Marsden Hospital, Surrey. A full tribute to Sir Christopher can be viewed on the College website.

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Fiona Maddocks, The Observer