Kodaly's Missa Brevis was originally composed as an organ mass. He then rearranged the work for organ and mixed choir. The first performance was given in the cloakrooms of the Budapest Opera House during the siege of Budapest from 1944-45.
This service includes the first performance of Nico Muhly's St John's Service, a work commissioned by the Master and Fellows of the College with generous support from Michael McLaren QC and Caroline McLaren.
Dr Christopher Robinson was Director of Music at St John's College, Cambridge from 1991-2003. He was formerly organ scholar at Christ Church, Oxford before becoming Director of Music at Worcester Cathedral and then St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
The Introit from this service, Jesu, grant me this, I pray, was composed by former Director of Music, Christopher Robinson. The Choir also performed the work as an introit on Wednesday 27 April as part of Choral Evensong, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
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, Ireland, Lotti, Morales, Robinson and Stainer.
The Choir of Gonville and Caius College was founded at the end of the nineteenth century by the celebrated composer of Anglican church music, Charles Wood. The choir became an exclusively undergraduate male choir under its next director of music, Patrick Hadley.
John Sheppard was a composer and singer who lived from c.1515-1558. He was appointed 'Informator Choristarum' at Magdalen College, Oxford in 1543 and subsequently became a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal in 1552.