07 May 2017 - Choral Evensong

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

This week's webcast of Choral Evensong features Herbert Howells' iconic Collegium Regale setting of the evening canticles, and John Taverner's Dum transisset Sabbatum.

Herbert Howells (1892 - 1983) started his Collegium Regale with a setting of the Te Deum in 1944, which laid down a template in sound which proved irresistible to Cathedral organists across the country seeking to commission him. His evening canticles follow Howells’s stated feelings to the letter: ‘… if I made a setting of the Magnificat, the mighty should be put down from their seat without a brute force which would deny this canticle’s feminine association. Equally, that in the Nunc dimittis, the tenor’s domination should characterize the gentle Simeon. Only the Gloria should raise its voice.' Of all the pieces in the Anglican choral repertoire, especially from the twentieth century, Howells' Collegium Regale is arguably the most recognisable.

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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.

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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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