Sponsor a Minute of Music on our next recording

Help us to release a recording of canticles by Tippett, Leighton, Gabriel Jackson and many more.

We invite you to help support the Choir by sponsoring a minute of music on our next recording - Magnificat - due for release in October 2019.

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Sponsor a minute of music on the Choir's next recording, Magnificat.

We are grateful to the generosity of our supporters in helping maintain our commitment to recording excellence. Establishing our own record label in 2016 gave us the artistic freedom to determine what repertoire we record and to bring commissioned works by composers with close ties to the College to a wider audience.

About the recording

Magnificat will be a reflection of the daily Evensong services the Choir gives in St John's College Chapel. At each service, the Choir performs a setting of the Canticles, which are the 'Magnificat' and 'Nunc dimittis' texts from the New Testament. This new recording will celebrate how composers as diverse as Stanford, Tippett, Leighton and Gabriel Jackson have responded to these centuries-old texts, and demonstrate the importance of Canticle settings to choral music lovers worldwide.

How to support the recording

You can support one minute of music with a gift of £100.

In return, you will: 

  • Receive a credit in the recording's booklet (for donations made by Friday 29 March 2019)*
  • Receive a complimentary copy of Magnificat as soon as it is released.
1) Donate online 

Click here to donate via the College website. Please ensure that 'Recording fund' is selected in the drop-down menu.

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2) Donate via cheque

Send a cheque payable to ‘Choir Office, St John’s College, Cambridge, CB2 1TP’ (please mark the envelope ‘Magnificat Recording Fund’).

Contact us

Please contact the Choir Office at choir@joh.cam.ac.uk if you would like to find out how you can support this recording, or the Choir's wider activities.

*unless you would prefer to remain anonymous.

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Recorded on
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