Sunday 23 January 2022 - Epiphany Carol Service

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Sunday, 23 January 2022

The choir celebrates the season of Epiphany with a candlelit service of readings, carols and hymns that tell of the coming of Christ, the Magi's visit, and the presentation in the Temple. Due to COVID-19 the choir were unable to convene for this service in 2021 but are now able to be together in Chapel again with a congregation. 

The music includes three pieces in which the choir were accompanied by an instrumentalist: harpist Elizabeth Bass played for Errolyn Wallen's 'Peace on Earth' and Britten's 'There is no Rose', and flautist Anna Ryan played with the choir for Abbie Betinis' 'Cedit, Hyems'. The music in the service spans a wide range of genres and musical styles, from Spanish 'Vilancico' to contemporary compositions.



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Continuing their Magnificat series, and the last album of Andrew Nethsingha’s tenure as director, The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge present Magnificat 4 with works from composers including Judith Weir, Jonathan Dove, Joanna Forbes L’Estrange and Charles Villiers Stanford.

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Magnificat 4 includes two commissions written specially for the Choir of St John's College; Jonathan Dove's 2022 canticle setting St John's Service, and Judith Weir's 2011 service of the same name.

Winner of the 2008 Ivor Novello Award for classical music, Jonathan Dove CBE has composed a broad range of works and is one of the most successful British composers today. 

Jonathan was kind enough to share insights into his St John's Service, the compositional process, and what we can look forward to in the future.

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