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

Recorded on
4 April 2021
  • Hymn: Jesus Christ is risen today (tune: Easter Hymn)
  • Byrd: Mass for three voices
  • Gradual: Psalm 118 vv. 14–24 (tone vi)
  • Preacher: The Dean
  • Offertory: Palestrina Haec dies
  • Hymn: Thine be the glory (tune: Maccabaeus)
  • Tournemire: Improvisation on 'Victimae paschali laudes'
Recorded on
2 April 2021
  • Plainsong: Stabat Mater
  • Hymn: When I survey (tune: Rockingham)
  • Psalm 130 (tone iv)
  • Victoria: The Passion according to St John
  • John IV of Portugal: Crux fidelis
  • Hymn: My song is love unknown (tune: Love Unknown)
  • Hymn: O sacred head (tune: Passion Chorale)
Recorded on
1 April 2021
  • Plainsong Mass XIII - de Angelis
  • Pange lingua gloriosi - Byrd
  • In monte Oliveti - Ingegneri
  • Psalm 22 (tone iv)
Recorded on
31 March 2021
  • Nunc dimittis - Gibbons
  • Judas mercator pessimus - Lassus
Recorded on
30 March 2021
  • Nunc dimittis - Holmes
  • Lamentations I - Tallis
Recorded on
29 March 2021
  • Nunc dimittis - Holmes 
  • Miserere mei, Deus - Byrd
Recorded on
28 March 2021
  • Hymn - All glory laud and honour
  • Plainsong Mass XI - Orbis Factor
  • Gradual Psalm - 118 vv. 19–end (tone vi)
  • Motet - Gloria, laus et honor tibi - Richafort
  • Hymn - Ride on, ride on in majesty
  • Voluntary - Valet will ich dir geben, BWV 736 - Bach
Recorded on
15 November 2020
  • Preces and Responses - Tallis
  • Psalm 78 vv. 1-8
  • Magnificat tertii toni - Lassus
  • Nunc Dimittis tertii toni
  • In Pace - Sheppard
  • Preacher - The Chaplain
  • Fantasia in G major - Byrd
Recorded on
8 November 2020
  • Requiem Op. 9 - Maurice Duruflé
  • For the Fallen - Douglas Guest
Recorded on
25 October 2020
  • Responses and Preces: Rose
  • Psalm 119 vv. 33-40 (tone viii)
  • Kennedy: Worcester Service
  • Biebl: Ave Maria
  • Preacher: The Dean
  • Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 541


Recorded on
18 October 2020
  • Responses and Preces: Ayleward
  • Psalm 90 vv. 1-12 (Hylton Stewart)
  • Stanford in A
  • Bullock: Give Us the Wings of Faith
  • Preacher: The Dean
  • Voluntary: Howells Rhapsody No. 1 in D flat major
Recorded on
6 October 2020

This webcast is the first service of the 2020/21 academic year, and the first Choral Evensong to be sung since 13th March. It therefore marks the end of an extraordinary period of silence in the Chapel's history, and the start of a very exciting, if challenging, new term.

Recorded on
23 February 2020



  • Responses: Tomkins (Peterhouse)
  • Psalm 109 (omit vv. 5-19) (Barnby, Hylton Stewart)
  • Stanford in B flat
  • MacMillan: O give thanks unto the Lord
  • Hymns 341, 461 (tune: Corvedale)
  • Preacher: Professor Deborah Howard - Professors Professing: The Human search for God - Architecture
  • Voluntary: Allegro Maestoso (Sonata in G) - Elgar
Recorded on
13 February 2020

Responses and Preces: Rose
Psalm 68 vv.1-10 (Woodward)
Jackson in G
Howells: Like as the hart
Hymn: Christ Triumphant (Guiting Power)

Recorded on
2 February 2020

Responses and Preces: Clucas 
Psalm 122 (Atkins)
Antiphon: Hodie beata Virgo Maria
Kelly in C
Pott: There is no rose
Hymns 393, 360
Preacher: The Vice-Master, Professor Tim Whitmarsh Professors Professing: The Human search for God – Classics
Voluntary: J.S. Bach Toccata in F major (BWV 540i)

Recorded on
25 January 2020

This service paid tribute to and celebrated the life and work of Professor Sir Christopher Martin Dobson, who was Master of St John's from 2007-2019.

Recorded on
19 January 2020

This candlelit service of readings and music celebrates the season of Epiphany.

Recorded on
1 December 2019

This week's webcast is our own recording of the Advent Carol Service, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on 1 December 2019.

The service includes a selection of readings, prayers and music for the season of Advent.

Recorded on
2 November 2019

This week's webcast is taken from a Eucharist commemorating All Souls departed.

Recorded on
10 November 2019

This week's webcast is the Eucharist held in memory of the fallen of both World Wars and all subsequent conflicts. The Choir sings Duruflé's masterful and moving setting of the Requiem featuring the treatment and weaving-in of traditional plainsong themes amongst his characteristic harmony.

Recorded on
9 October 2019

Responses and Preces: Rose
Psalm 46 (tone v)
Lassus: Magnificat tertii toni
Nunc Dimittis tertii toni
Boyce: The Lord is King

Recorded on
20 October 2019


Responses and Preces: Radcliffe
Psalm 102 vv. 1–16 (Macpherson, Wesley)
Murrill in E
Purcell: Rejoice in the Lord alway
Hymns (NEH): 359 (tune 322), 265
Preacher: The Rev’d Canon Leanne Roberts, Canon Treasurer, Southwark Cathedral 
                     Not in Polite Society – Class
Voluntary: Pott  Laudes

Recorded on
12 July 2019


Introit: Howells A Hymn for St Cecilia
Responses and Preces: Radcliffe
Psalm 139 vv. 1–18, 23–24 (Skeats)
Stanford in C
Tavener: The Lord’s Prayer
Parry: Hear my words, ye people
Hymn 408(i)
Voluntary: Parry Fantasia and Fugue in G

Recorded on
18 May 2019


Responses and Preces: Radcliffe
Psalm 90 (Hylton Stewart, Thalben-Ball)
Walton: Chichester Service
Tavener: The Lord’s Prayer
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Hymn 112 
Voluntary: Widor  Finale (Symphony Romane)


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


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