17 February 2017 - Choral Evensong

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Friday, 17 February 2017

This week's webcast features the music of Daniel Purcell and William Byrd.

Daniel Purcell (c. 1664 - 1717) became a chorister at the Chapel Royal, following in the footsteps of his celebrated older brother Henry. In his mid-twenties, Daniel was appointed as Organist at Magdalen College, Oxford, and he started to write the first of his major compositions including an ode to St. Cecelia's Day in 1693. In 1695 he moved to London, and consequently started to write music for incidental plays. Of his surviving sacred works, the Evening Service in E minor is the most commonly performed.

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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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