Webcasts

We were the first Choir of our kind to broadcast weekly webcasts of our services. Find our most recent live recordings here.

Recorded on
30 June 2019
  • Responses and Preces: Leighton
  • Psalm 148 (Robinson)
  • Fayrfax: Magnificat Regale
  • Nunc Dimittis primi toni
  • Weir: Vertue
  • Hymns 383 (omit v. 3), 401 (omit v. 3)
  • Voluntary: J.S. Bach Fugue in E flat major (BWV 552ii)​
Recorded on
2 May 2018

This service from the Easter Term of 2018 was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Music includes Herbert Howells Gloucester Service and John Taverner Dum Transisset Sabbatum

Recorded on
16 June 2019

 

  • Responses and Preces: Lloyd (Set 2)
  • Psalms 93 (J. Robinson), 150 (Talbot)
  • Antiphon: Benedictus es
  • Stanford in G
  • Rachmaninoff: Hymn of the Cherubim
  • Hymns 343, 466
  • Preacher: The Rev’d Dr Carys Walsh, Curate Training Officer, Diocese of Peterborough, R.S. Thomas
  • Voluntary: Stanford  Fantasia and Toccata in D minor

 

 

Recorded on
9 June 2019

 

  • Responses and Preces: Shephard
  • Psalm 48 (Goss)
  • Antiphon: Non vos relinquam
  • Howells (Collegium Regale)
  • Harvey: Come, Holy Ghost
  • Hymns 140, 408(i)
  • Preacher: The Rev’d Dr Paul Edmondson, Head of Research and Knowledge, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust William Shakespeare
  • Voluntary: J.S. Bach Komm, Heiliger Geist (BWV 651)

 

 

Recorded on
30 May 2019
  • Introit: Marenzio O Rex Gloriae
  • Responses and Preces: Rose
  • Psalm 47 (tone vii)
  • Antiphon: Pater, manifestavi nomen tuum
  • Sumsion in G
  • Boyce: The Lord is King

 

Recorded on
25 May 2019
  • Responses and Preces: Rose
  • Psalm 119 vv. 153–176 (Garrett, Goss, Walmisley)
  • Anderson (St John’s Service)
  • Anderson: My beloved spake
  • Hymn 393
  • Voluntary  Buxtehude Praeludium in E BuxWV 141 

 

Recorded on
19 May 2019

 

  • Responses and Preces: Radcliffe
  • Psalm 99 (Whitlock)
  • Berkeley (Chichester Service)
  • Finnissy: Dum transisset Sabbatum
  • Hymns 394, 117
  • Preacher: The Dean
  • Voluntary: J. S. Bach  Fugue in E minor (BWV 548ii)
Recorded on
11 May 2019

 

  • Responses and Preces: Smith
  • Psalm 71 vv. 1-12 (Parratt)
  • Buxtehude: Magnificat 
  • Taverner: Dum transisset Sabbatum
  • Hymn 106
Recorded on
5 May 2019

Each year a service is held in Easter Term to commemorate the benefactors of St John’s College. 

Recorded on
28 April 2019
  • Introit: Hildegard  O pastor animarum
  • Byrd: Mass for five voices
  • Gradual: Psalm 118 vv. 14-end (tone vi)
  • Preacher: The Dean
  • Credo: V
  • Hymns 115, 234(ii)
Recorded on
1 March 2019

 

  • Responses and Preces: Byrd
  • Psalm 7 (Clarke, Guest)
  • Moore (St John's Service)
  • Elgar: Give unto the Lord
  • Hymn 158
Recorded on
27 February 2019

 

  • Responses and Preces: Rose
  • Psalm 128 (tone ii)
  • Hassler: Magnificat quinti toni
  • Nunc Dimittis quinti toni
  • Poulenc: Seigneur, je vous en prie​
Recorded on
17 February 2019

 

  • Responses and Preces: Ayleward
  • Psalm 89 vv. 1-12 (Alcock)
  • Leighton: Second Service
  • Stainer: God so loved the world
  • Hymns 463 (ii), 333
  • Preacher: The Rev'd Richard Coles
  • Voluntary: Howells  Allegro assai (Sonata no. 2)
Recorded on
10 March 2019
  • Introit: The Lent Prose
  • Langlais: Missa in simplicitate
  • Gradual: Psalm 91 vv. 1-11 (tone viii)
  • Preacher: The Dean
  • Credo: V
  • Hymns 84, 67
  • Voluntary: Bach  Fantasia in G minor (BVW 542) 
Recorded on
15 March 2019

 

  • Responses and Preces: Tomkins
  • Psalm 139 vv. 1-18, 23-24
  • Howells (Westminster Service)
  • Howells: Take him, earth, for cherishing
  • Hymn 94
Recorded on
9 March 2019

A Meditation on the Passion of Christ (also known as the Lent Meditation Service) is a service of music and readings reflecting on the Passion of Christ, with music by Ferguson, Grier, Lotti, Handel, Howells, Weir, Wills and Bach.

Recorded on
2 March 2019

 

  • Responses and Preces: Byrd
  • Psalms 12 (Goss), 13 (Hylton Stewart)
  • Weelkes (Short Service)
  • Panufnik: The Call
  • Hymn 427
  • Voluntary: Reger  Benedictus
Recorded on
24 February 2019
  • Introit: Hildegard of Bingen  O pastor animarum
  • Tallis: Missa Salve Intemerata
  • Gradual: Psalm 5 (tone iv)
  • Preacher: The Dean
  • Credo: III
  • Hymns 165 (tune 318), 477 (tune 408(i))
  • Voluntary: Byrd  Fantasia in A minor
Recorded on
17 February 2019
  • Introit: Messiaen O sacrum convivium
  • Vierne: Messe Solennelle
  • Gradual: Psalm 37 vv. 1–7 (tone i)
  • Preacher: The Rev’d Dr Cally Hammond
  • Credo: II Dean, Gonville & Caius College
  • Hymns 376, 349
  • Voluntary: Preston Alleluyas
Recorded on
9 February 2019

 

  • Introit: Finnissy Herr Christ, der einge Gottessohn ​
  • Responses and Preces: Clucas
  • Psalm 46 (Luther)
  • Berkeley (Chichester Service)
  • Finnissy: Plebs Angelica *
  • Hymn 475
  • Instrumental Voluntary: Finnissy Commentary on BWV 562 *
Recorded on
1 February 2019

 

  • Responses and Preces: Smith
  • Psalm 2 (Robinson) 
  • Antiphon: Hodie beata Virgo Maria
  • Purcell in B flat
  • Betinis: Cedit, Hyems
  • Hymn 388(i)
  • Voluntary: Sweelinck Durch Adams fall ist ganz vederbt
Recorded on
26 January 2019

 

  • Responses and Preces: Leighton
  • Psalm 119 vv. 129–144 (Elvey, Jones) 
  • Kelly in C
  • Goldschmidt: A tender shoot
  • Hymn 408(i)
  • Voluntary: Sweelinck Fantasia Cromatica
Recorded on
20 January 2019

This candlelit service of readings and music celebrates the season of Epiphany.

The readings and hymns tell the story of the coming of Christ, the Magi’s visit, and the presentation in the Temple.

 

Recorded on
25 November 2018

This week's webcast is our own recording of the Advent Carol Service, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 2 December 2018.

The service includes a selection of readings, prayers and music for the season of Advent.

Recorded on
9 November 2018
  • Shephard: Responses and Preces
  • Psalm 47 (Davy)
  • Swayne: Magnificat
  • Nunc Dimittis octavi toni
  • Britten: O be joyful in the Lord
  • Hymn 461 (tune: Corvedale)

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The second in our series of live recordings from our Advent Carol Services, Advent Live - Volume 2 features recordings from our 2008, 2018 and 2019 services, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 since 1981.

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