Wednesday 20 October 2021 Evensong

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Wednesday, 20 October 2021

In this service the anthem - Ben Comeau's Vanity of Vanities - was commissioned for the college choir in 2016. Comeau graduated from Cambridge in 2014 and as a jazz pianist, he often writes music that makes use of the interplay between different disciplines of music. In 'Vanity of Vanities', Comeau plays with the interaction between organ, solo violin and men's voices choir. The choir was joined by violinist Alex Semple for this service.




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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.

The commitment, projection and natural energy of this choir have never failed to inspire me

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