27 May 2018 - Choral Evensong

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Sunday, 27 May 2018

Giles Swayne has sustained a long-term interest in the music of Africa, first making a study trip there as a student in the early 1980's. His setting of the text of the Magnificat, sung in this service, pays clear debt to this fruitful interaction.

Sergei Rachmaninoff held a deep, personal religious faith. He expressed this faith most notably with two great liturgical settings in the 1910's: The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (1910) and the All-Night Vigil (1915), both of which are represented in this service by the Nunc Dimittis and the Anthem.

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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 Evensong.

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Andrew Nethsingha discusses the significance of Tippett's St John's Service, a work which demonstrates a fresh, vivid and original take on the Evening Canticles. Read along whilst listening to Tippett's 'Magnificat' from the Choir's forthcoming album, now available on Spotify.

Choral singing comes no better

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer