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The Choir began work today on a recording of Michael Finnissy's Anthems and Voluntaries, to be released on the St John's label in 2020.

First premiered by the Choir at a special service in June 2019, the work has been three years in the making, Composer-in-Residence Michael Finnissy collaborating closely with the Choir on each of its nine movements.

The Choir of St John's took part in St John's College's annual May Week Concert, celebrating another fantastic year of music-making by the College community.

The Choir of St John’s continues its commitment to new music by premiering a new cycle of works by Composer In Residence Michael Finnissy.

Stephen Cleobury, Director of Music at King’s College and former Organ Scholar at St John’s College (1967-71) has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to choral music.

"I am profoundly honoured to have received this award. I have sought to nourish and support the precious choral tradition that we have in this country, and to be an advocate for the innumerable benefits of singing and choral music.” - Stephen Cleobury

The Choir of St John's premieres works by emerging and established composers during its Easter Term services.

In May, the Choir gave the first performance of Julian Anderson's 'St John's Service', commissioned to mark the 150th anniversary of the Consecration of St John's College Chapel.

The Choir's new album - Locus Iste - reached Number 6 in the Official Specialist Classical Chart Top 30. 

The album - celebrating the 150th anniversary of St John's College Chapel - was the chart's highest new entry, sharing the Top 10 list with artists such as Einaudi and Lang Lang. 

We would like to thank all of you who have bought, downloaded or streamed Locus Iste so far and for supporting the Choir's valuable work.

The President of St John’s College – Dr Frank Salmon, FSA – has written programme notes for the Choir’s new recording, Locus Iste, telling the story of our College Chapel. The recording marks the 150th anniversary of the Chapel’s Consecration.

In this second of three serialised parts, Frank explores the architectural highlights of the College Chapel, designed by renowned architect George Gilbert Scott.

A service of Choral Evensong was video broadcast live on Facebook, in association with Classic FM, marking the release of the Choir's new album, Locus Iste. Watch the full broadcast here.

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The Choir has released its new album, Locus Iste. It is their 100th recording and marks the 150th anniversary of the consecration of St John's College Chapel.

We're delighted that Glen Dempsey - Herbert Howells Organ Scholar of St John's College - has been appointed as the new Assistant Director of Music at Ely Cathedral.

Glen will take up the role in September, working with the Cathedral's newly appointed Director of Music, Edmund Aldhouse. 

The President of St John’s College – Dr Frank Salmon, FSA – has written programme notes for the Choir’s new recording, Locus Iste, telling the story of our College Chapel. The recording marks the 150th anniversary of the Chapel’s Consecration.

In the first part of these serialised notes, Dr Salmon explains how our current College Chapel came to be built.

We are delighted to share the news that John Robinson - former Organ Scholar at St John's College - has been appointed Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral.

John is currently Director of Music at St. Paul’s Choir School, Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and will take up the position during the summer. 

A concert tour outside of the UK is always a highlight for the boys and Gents of the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge. Our first outing for 2019 would be a short tour to Sweden, performing concerts in Örebro, Stockholm and Västerås.

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The Choir of St John's College is performing a concert tour of Sweden from 4th - 8th April 2019, called 'Give Unto the Lord'.

Check back on our News page for daily updates about the Choir's visits to Örebro, Stockholm and Västerås. 

View our concert calendar >

The Choir processing in to St John’s College Chapel

The Ash Wednesday service in the Chapel of St John's was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on 6 March 2019.

The service marks the start of Lent, and featured Byrd's 'Ne irascaris, Domine' as the anthem, with Weelke's Short Service. The Choir also performed Allegri's 'Miserere', without which no service on Ash Wednesday could be complete.

The broadcast is available to listen to online until early April.

Listen to the broadcast >
 

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The Choir's new recording of Finzi's 'God is Gone Up' is available to stream on Spotify.

The piece is the first of fifteen tracks that appears on the Choir's forthcoming release - Locus Iste - which marks the 100th recording by the Choir and the 150th anniversary of the consecration of St John's College Chapel. 

The Choir processing in to St John’s College Chapel

The Choir’s Advent Carol Service – as well as the Choir’s latest release, Advent Live – featured on BBC Radio 3 this weekend

Advent Live

Advent Live – a collection of live recordings from the College Advent Carol services – is available now as the sixth album to be released on the 'St John's Cambridge' label

Choral Evensong live with Classic FM

On Friday 18th May – for the first time – Evensong was video live-streamed via Facebook by Classic FM. Watch again here

Mass in G minor

Our latest album of music by Ralph Vaughan Williams – including the Mass in G minor – has been released with critical acclaim

The Ascension Day Carol

For the first time since 2013, the Choir performed the Ascension Day Carol Service from the Chapel Tower after its restoration

The Choir at the Singapore Esplanade

We had a fantastic time on our recent tour to Hong Kong and Singapore. Read more and watch all of our features here

Mass in G minor

On Friday 18 May, the Choir will release its latest album on the 'St John's Cambridge' label with Signum Records, which features works by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Gentlemen of the Choir

The Choir seeks to appoint a Tenor Lay Clerk for the academic year 2018-19.

Hong Kong and Singapore

The Choir travels to the Far East for two concerts in Hong Kong and Singapore, with a programme entitled 'Faire is the Heaven'. There will be a pre-tour performance in the College Chapel

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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)​
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Fiona Maddocks, The Observer