Vote for 'Deo' to win the BBC Music Magazine Award

Posted on: 20 January 2017

BBC Music Magazine Award

We're delighted that Deo has been nominated for the Choral Award in the 2017 BBC Music Magazine Awards!

The winner of the award is decided by public vote, which is now open until 24th February. We'd be so grateful for your support, so do please vote for us now (please bear in mind that once you have selected your choice, you have to add your details at the bottom for the vote to be registered). The winner will be announced on 19th April.

The recording is a collection of sacred works by Jonathan Harvey, who was once an undergraduate at St John's and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the College. Two of the works - The Annunciation and The Royal Banners - were written especially for the choir. The recording also features organ works Toccata for organ and tape and Laus Deo, as well as the popular anthems Come, Holy Ghost and I Love the Lord.

Deo has been widely successful, receiving praise from many publications including the following:

"This is an essential disc not only for admirers of Jonathan Harvey’s work in general but for all those interested in contemporary sacred music" Ivan Moody, Gramophone Magazine (Read full review here).

“ecstatic”  “richly challenging”  “The Choir tackles it all with confidence and clarity” The Observer

“a terrific disc”  “These are performances to treasure, of great intensity and remarkable power” Planet Hugill

“The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, has done one of its old boys proud”  “ambition has paid off handsomely”  “the music on this disc is so varied and inspiring” Financial Times

Andrew Nethsingha and the St John’s forces have this often-challenging repertoire well under control, delivering characterful yet authoritative performances of which they can be justly proud” CD of the month​ Choir and Organ

“Staggering.  One of the most significant choral recordings of recent times?” Simon Toyne (leading conductor and choir trainer)

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Responses and Preces: Radcliffe
Psalms 110 (Lloyd), 111 (Smart)
Bevan: Magnificat octavi toni
Nunc Dimittis octavi toni
Tavener: The Lord’s Prayer
Boulanger: Lux aeterna
Hymn 486

Choral singing comes no better

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer