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Clare College Song Competition

Johnians and current Choir members, Tom Butler and George Herbert, are both winners of the 2021 competition

James Anderson-Besant (c) James Beddoe

After four years with us here at St John's, our current Assistant Organist will start in his new post at Exeter in September 2021

Virtual Chapel

Until regular Chapel activities can take place, we are resuming 'Virtual Chapel' services for Lent Term

Advent Live - Volume 2

Our latest album Advent Live - Volume 2, featuring live recordings from three of our BBC broadcast Advent Carol Services, will be available from Friday 27th November

Advent Carol Service 2019

We plan to go ahead with our Advent Carol Services this year without a congregation. The second service will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 29th November at 3pm

Ivors Composer Awards

Michael Finnissy's cycle – written over the course of his residency at St John's and recorded on our most recent album release – has been nominated for the choral category award

Quintin Beer

Quintin, a former Chorister (2000-06) and Choral Scholar (2012-15) will take over from interim director Edward Higginbottom in January 2021

'New Notes' with Alex Woolf

Johnian composer Alex Woolf speaks with Andrew Nethsingha on the latest episode of his podcast series, which highlights new classical music

Logie Bruce-Lockhart © Anthony Kelly

We are saddened to hear of the loss of Logie Bruce-Lockhart, a former Choral Scholar (1940-46) who later became Headmaster of Gresham’s School (1955-82)

'Pious Anthems & Voluntaries'

The Choir has released a new nine-part cycle composed by Michael Finnissy, St John's Composer in Residence 2016-19. The album has already been selected in Gramophone's 'Editor's Choice'

Declan Costello

Declan, a former Choral Scholar at St John's, is working on research funded by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and sponsored by Public Health England

Virtual College Concert

This Friday at 7:30 p.m, enjoy a variety of performances from our College groups, musicians and alumni

Virtual Chapel

Our offering of online services will continue from Sunday 21st June - Sunday 5th July, featuring music from the College Choir and St John's Voices

Virtual Chapel

This Easter Term, the College will be providing a variety of services online which will feature both the College Choir and St John's Voices

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Tim Pride, former choral scholar at St John's College 1982-85.

USA Tour Cancellation

Owing to the emergency restrictions in place during the current Coronavirus pandemic, St John’s College regrets that the Chapel Choir is unable to tour to the United States of America at this time.

St John's College Chapel

The concert that was to be held at St John's College Chapel on Monday 16th March has been cancelled

The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge

Auditions for the posts of Tenor and Bass Lay Clerks will be held on Monday 16 March

Ash Wednesday

We have released an album featuring the live broadcast recording of the 2019 Ash Wednesday Evensong, which includes works by Bach, Byrd, Weelkes as well as the Allegri Miserere mei.

Mathias Choral Music

Our sister choir has recorded an album of music by William Mathias in collaboration with the Gentlemen of St John's

BBC Carol Competition

Congratulations to former chorister Tom Dobney, whose carol has been shortlisted for the public vote of the 2019 BBC Radio 3 Carol Competition

Sir Stephen Cleobury

We are saddened to hear of the loss of Stephen Cleobury, Director of Music at King's for 37 years and former St John's Organ Scholar (1967-71)

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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.

Andrew Nethsingha discusses the story of Leighton's 'Second Service', commissioned in memory of former St John's Organ Scholar Brian Runnett. Read along whilst listening to Leighton's 'Nunc Dimittis' from the Choir's forthcoming album below.

Andrew Nethsingha discusses the significance of Tippett's 'St John's Service', a work which demonstrates a fresh, vivid and original take on the Evening Canticles. Read along whilst listening to Tippett's 'Magnificat' from the Choir's forthcoming album below.

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