The Choral Foundation

The Choir has provided an inspirational and unsurpassed musical education for generations of Choristers and Undergraduates – please help us to enable the Choir to flourish and grow through the next half-millennium of the College’s history.

Andrew Nethsingha, Director of Music (Organ Scholar 1987-1990)

St John’s is the custodian of an internationally renowned Choir that has achieved a worldwide reputation for the excellence of its very special sound. Maintaining the breadth and diversity of the Choir’s activities and the rigor of the education and training of its members is a costly undertaking, and one that places great demands on the College at a time when higher education is facing severe financial constraints. To ensure the continuing excellence of its Choir, St John’s has launched a Campaign to create a Choral Foundation.

A donor’s story – Charles Naylor

In 2005 Charles Naylor (Choral Scholar 1975-1978) gave £5,000 to St John’s in support of the Choir:

"Since leaving John's I have worked as a professional singer and in the oil industry, in utilities and in financial services. There has been a constant thread, which has been with me throughout my career: the appreciation of the importance of quality to achieve success. This was instilled in me as a member of the Choir at St John's and was a critical part of my overall education at Cambridge. The United Kingdom is incredibly fortunate to have both outstanding academic institutions and also a choral tradition which is second to none. These two world-class traditions meet at St John's in a powerful combination. The Choir is a great contributor to the overall reputation of John's and I feel passionately that those who have benefited from the enormous privilege of education at one of the world's great universities should ensure that this opportunity is given to succeeding generations. This is why I made a contribution to the St John's Choral Foundation and would encourage others to do likewise."

If you would like to join our Campaign and donate, please visit our 'Join' page for more information.

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30 June 2019
  • Responses and Preces: Leighton
  • Psalm 148 (Robinson)
  • Fayrfax: Magnificat Regale
  • Nunc Dimittis primi toni
  • Weir: Vertue
  • Hymns 383 (omit v. 3), 401 (omit v. 3)
  • Voluntary: J.S. Bach Fugue in E flat major (BWV 552ii)​

Latest news

The Choir began work today on a recording of Michael Finnissy's Anthems and Voluntaries, to be released on the St John's label in 2020.

First premiered by the Choir at a special service in June 2019, the work has been three years in the making, Composer-in-Residence Michael Finnissy collaborating closely with the Choir on each of its nine movements.

Choral singing comes no better

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer