23 May 2019 - Choral Evensong

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Thursday, 23 May 2019

This service includes music by David Bevan (1951-) and Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979). 

Nadia Boulanger was a composer, organist, conductor and hugely influential teacher. Her pupils included Aaron Copland, Quincy Jones, Leonard Bernstein and Lennox Berkeley. She was the first woman to conduct several of the US and European symphony orchestras, including the BBC Symphony, Boston Symphony, Hallé Orchestra and New York Philharmonic.

Nadia ceased composing after the death of her sister Lili in 1918. She wrote to Gabriel Fauré, with whom she had studied composition, telling him, 'If there is one thing of which I am certain, it is that my music is worthless.' 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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The Choir of St John’s' new album - Magnificat - celebrates their daily tradition of choral Evensong and is released on 25 October 2019.

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