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".
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.
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.
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.
This week's webcast is of the Eucharist held on All Souls' Day, which commemorates All Souls, the Holy Souls, or the Faithful Departed; that is, the souls of Christians who have died. The setting of the Requiem Mass is Maurice Duruflé's monumental Op. 9, published in 1948.
Purcell wrote several anthems at different times for John Gostling's extraordinary basso profondo voice, which is known to have had a range of at least two full octaves, from D below the bass staff to the D above it.
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 choral Evensong.