Celebrating College Music at the May Week Concert

Posted on: 20 June 2019

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.

Taking place in a packed College Chapel, the concert saw performances from the College's vocal ensembles and musicians from the student and wider College community.

The Choir of St John's performed three works that each featured a Johnian instrumentalist; 'Thirst' - written by student Lara Weaver - featured Laura van der Heijden on cello; James Macmillan's 'Domine non secundum peccata nostra' featured Leo Appel on violin; Gabriel Jackson's 'Vox clara ecce intonat' featured Ignacio Mañá Mesas on saxophone.

The concert demonstrated the talent of the College's solo performers. Aïda Lahlou (piano) performed Rameau's 'Gavotte et six doubles'. written in 1727. Herbert Howells Organ Scholar Glen Dempsey performed an arrangement of Holst's 'Jupiter' from The Planets from the organ loft. Laura van der Heijden - accompanied by Matthew Gibson, Choral Scholar and President of the Music Society - performed Rachmaninoff's 'Vocalise' in a special arrangement for cello and piano.

St John's Voices, directed by Graham Walker

St John's Voices - the College's mixed-voice Choir, directed by Graham Walker - performed one of J.S. Bach's surviving motets, 'Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden' and the well-known spiritual 'Swing low, sweet chariot', in an arrangement once dedicted to the Gentlemen of St John's.

The Aquila ensemble goes from strength to strength under the direction of Joanna Forbes L'Estrange, ably covering a range of genres with arrangements of 'Bring me a little water, Sylvie', 'The Sound of Silence' and 'Shoop da Boogie'.

Aquila, the College's all-female choir, led by Joanna Forbes L'Estrange

The St John's College Jazz Band - led by College alumnus Ollie Lepage-Dean - performed as the College community gathered together in Chapel Court over drinks and nibbles to celebrate a wonderful evening of music-making.

Learn more about St John's College Music Society >

Celebrating after the concert in Chapel Court

The St John's College Jazz Band, directed by Ollie Lepage-Dean

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Introit: Howells A Hymn for St Cecilia
Responses and Preces: Radcliffe
Psalm 139 vv. 1–18, 23–24 (Skeats)
Stanford in C
Tavener: The Lord’s Prayer
Parry: Hear my words, ye people
Hymn 408(i)
Voluntary: Parry Fantasia and Fugue in G

Choral singing comes no better

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