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.
We're thrilled that St John's Assistant Organist Joseph Wicks has been appointed Assistant Director of Music at Truro Cathedral, and former Organ Student Paul Provost as Rector Chori of Southwell Minster.
An unprecedented number of the Gentlemen of the Choir - 13 in all - are involved in both Britten's The Rape of Lucretia and Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, both of which are performed in Cambridge this term.
This festive season, the Choir is setting out on a tour of many fantastic venues across Germany and France, where we'll sing repertoire including many of the tracks featured on our latest CD, 'Christmas with St John's.'
Following on from the Choir’s success in promoting new and exciting repertoire, its most recent festive recording features works from composers including Michael Finnissy, who’s piece John the Baptist was commissioned for the Choirs’ well-known Advent broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Bob Chilcott’s The Shepherd’s Carol was commissioned by Stephen Cleobury, who along with John Scott – composer of Creator of the Stars of Night – were once Organ Scholars at St John’s.
St John’s College Choir is pleased to announce that Christmas with St John's, a brand new recording of traditional and contemporary music for the Advent and Christmas seasons, will be released this year.
The Choir is well-known for its annual Advent broadcast on BBC Radio Three and the recording includes Michael Finnissy’s John the Baptist, written especially for this service in 2014.
Stanford University Chorale visited St John's College in June for a well-received weekend's residency, including two Evensongs, on Friday and Saturday 17 & 18 June, and a concert in Chapel on Sunday 19.
Hailing from Palo Alto, California, the Chorale is an acclaimed mixed voice ensemble, whose organist is former St John's Organ Scholar Robert Huw Morgan. As well as a homecoming visit for him, the residency was also a chance for the singers to renew acquaintances with the College Choir after the two groups' joint concert in California earlier this year.
The Choir's new recording, 'Deo' has received an Editor's Choice recommendation in Gramophone, after an excellent review.
The disc, which came out in May, has already earned much critical acclaim, including a five-star review in The Observer and CD of the Month in Choir and Organ, and forms the first recording for the College's new recording label, an imprint on Signum Classics.