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.
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.
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.
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.
On Thursday 26 October, the Choir performed the first commission of the term: 'The Banquet' by undergraduate Joanna Ward. The piece featured men's voices and a double bass, played by Joe Cowie, and it was funded with generous support from Paul & Joanna Lindsell and Jeremy & Jodie Podger.