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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

Nan Guest

It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing of Nan Guest - widow of former Director of Music George Guest - on 8 February.

St Matthew's Northampton

Members of the Choir, in conjunction with the David Ross Education Trust, visited Northampton recently to sing with six local choirs drawn from the Northampton area

The Choir at the Konzerthaus Berlin

We recently completed a successful Christmas Concert tour to Birmingham, Budapest, and Berlin, performing alongside the renowned concert organist Thomas Trotter

Joanna Ward

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.

Gramophone Awards 2017

Former choral scholar and chorister Iestyn Davies and label partners Signum Classics receive 'Baroque Vocal' and 'Best Label' in 2017 Gramophone Awards

KYRIE

The fourth album on the 'St John's Cambridge' label, KYRIE, has been released

Jonathan Vaughn

Congratulations to former Organ Student Jonathan Vaughn, who has been appointed Associate Director of Music at Christ Church, Greenwich CT

"Subito" by Julia Hwang

Subito – the debut album by Music finalist and violinist Julia Hwang – is the first soloist recording to be released on the St John's label

Michael Finnissy

St John's College Composer in Residence, Michael Finnissy, has written Dum transisset Sabbatum as his first commission as Composer in Residence to be performed at Evensong on May 13th

George Guest Decca Box Set

Decca Classics has released a 42 CD Box set of George Guest's seminal 'Argo Records' recordings with the Choir of St John's

'Deo'

We're delighted that Deo - our disc of Jonathan Harvey's music - has won a BBC Music Magazine Award in the Choral category. Thank you so much for your support!

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1 December 2019

This week's webcast is our own recording of the Advent Carol Service, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on 1 December 2019.

The service includes a selection of readings, prayers and music for the season of Advent.

Choral singing comes no better

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer