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
24 May 2018
  • VolSmith: Responses and Preces
  • Psalm 119 vv. 1-16 (Attwood)
  • ​Stanford in G
  • David Nunn: Sitivit anima mea
  • Voluntary: J. S. Bach Toccata in F (BWV 540)
  • Hymn 436
Recorded on
29 June 2018
  • Tye: Missa Euge Bone
  • Hymn 172
  • Voluntary: J. S. Bach Prelude in B Minor (BWV 544)
Recorded on
27 June 2017
  • Finzi: God is Gone Up
  • Psalm 139 vv. 1-18; 23-24 (Highmore Skeats)
  • Te Deum : Howells (Collegium Regale)
Recorded on
7 June 2018
  • Responses and Preces: Rose
  • Psalm 150 (Stanford)
  • Howells (Collegium Regale)
  • Elgar: Give unto the Lord
  • Hymn 333
Recorded on
27 May 2018
  • Smith: Responses and Preces
  • Psalms 93 and 150 (J. Robinson and Talbot)
  • Swayne: Magnificat
  • Rachmaninov: Nunc Dimittis
  • Rachmaninov: Hymn of the Cherubim
  • Hymns 343, 130 (i)
  • Rachmaninov (arr. Vierne): Prelude
Recorded on
2 June 2018
  • Introit: Requiem aeternam
  • Psalm 145 (Garrett)
  • Stainer: God so Loved the World 
  • Brahms: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen
  • Bach: Receive me, my Redeemer
Recorded on
23 May 2018
  • Rose: Preces and Responses
  • Psalm 113 (tone v)
  • Moore: Second Service 
  • Thurlow: The sleeping lord
Recorded on
13 May 2018
  • Introit: Exaudi Domine
  • Victoria: Missa O Quam Gloriosum
  • Gradual: Psalm 1 (tone i)
  • Hymns: 133, 138
  • Voluntary: J. S. Bach Fugue in G major (Gigue) (BWV 577)
Recorded on
6 May 2018
  • Rose: Preces and Responses
  • Psalm 30 (Turle)
  • Moore: St. John's Service​ 
  • Finnissy: Dum transisset Sabbatum
Recorded on
18 April 2018

This week's webcast comes from the first week of resumed choral services at St. John's. It features Herbert Murrill's canticle settings in E and Patrick Hadley's setting of Song of Solomon 2 vv. 10-13, "My beloved spake and said unto me".

Recorded on
17 April 2018

This week's webcast is sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir. The Anthem was composed for St. John's three years ago and received its premiere in May 2015.

Recorded on
10 April 2018

This service of Eucharist takes Palestrina's Missa Aeterna Christi Munera as its setting. It is based on three melodic ideas taken from the tune which gives the Mass its title, the hymn for Matins of Apostles and Evangelists. 

Recorded on
22 March 2018

This week's webcast is the final Evensong of the Lent term. It features Kenneth Leighton's Second Service as its canticles and Christopher Robinson's 'Jesu, grant me this I pray' as its anthem.

Recorded on
23 March 2018

This service comes from last term's half term break and is sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir.

Recorded on
11 March 2018

This first webcast of the Choir's Easter break comes from the Evensong on the last Sunday of the Lent term.

Recorded on
10 March 2018

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 Bruckner, Byrd, Grier, Lotti, Handel, Weelkes, Stainer and Bach.

Recorded on
6 March 2018

This week's webcast of Choral Evensong is of the Ash Wednesday service

Recorded on
11 February 2018

This week's webcast features Herbert Howells' monumental Gloucester Service, written as his mother lay dying in his home town of Lydney, Gloucestershire, in 1946.

Recorded on
18 February 2018

This service of Eucharist was sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir while the choristers were on their half term break. It takes as its setting William Byrd's Three-Part Mass, with Duruflé's setting of the ancient antiphon Ubi caritas et amor serving as the Introit. 

Recorded on
9 February 2018

The anthem for this week's webcast is Francis Poulenc's setting of the well-known Marian antiphon Salve Regina, written in 1941.

Recorded on
4 February 2018

For this week's webcast of Sung Eucharist, the college chapel welcomed the Choir of Gonville & Caius College and their director Dr.

Recorded on
27 January 2018

​This week's webcast features Daniel Purcell's setting of the Evening Service in E minor. He was the younger brother or cousin of Henry Purcell and lived between circa 1664 and 1717. 

Recorded on
21 January 2018

This Candlelit Service of readings and music celebrates the season of Epiphany.

Recorded on
26 November 2017

Each year, the Advent Carol Service is broadcast live on BBC Radio  3 from St John's. This webcast is our own recording of the same service. 

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

Recorded on
5 November 2017

Francis Jackson, whose setting of the canticles is heard on this webcast, celebrated his 100th birthday in October 2017.

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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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The Choir's new album, Magnificat, is now available to buy, download and stream. Celebrating the Evening Canticles that play a significant part in the Choir's Evensong services, it is an Editor's Choice Pick from Gramophone magazine.

Choral singing comes no better

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer