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CHOIR OF ST JOHN'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE
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CHAN 0401
Sheppard
Sacred Choral Works
CHAN 10751
Wesley
Sacred Choral Works
HE 0239
Heavenly Voices
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BIOGRAPHY

The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge is one of the finest collegiate choirs in the world, known and loved by millions from its recordings, broadcasts and concert tours. The services follow the Cathedral tradition of the Church of England, and the Choir has fulfilled this role in the life of the Collegesince the 1670s. The Choir consists of sixteen Choristers and four Probationers, all educated at St John’s College School. There they receive a unique musical education in the hands of the Director of Music, Andrew Nethsingha, and Choristers receive bursaries of between 66% and 100% of fees at St John’s College School. The alto, tenor and bass parts are taken by young men who are usually undergraduate members of the College and who are selected to their places in the College Choir (and therefore to the University) as Choral Students. Two Organ Scholars assist the Director of Music in the running of the Choir, attending the daily rehearsals, and accompanying the services in Chapel.

The Choir possesses a distinctive, rich, expressive sound which sets it apart from most other English cathedral choirs. For several decades it has performed around the world, including the USA, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, and Australia. Recent European concert venues have included the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Budapest Palace of Arts, and the Bregenz Festival and BBC Proms. Under its legendary conductors George Guest, Christopher Robinson and David Hill, the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge has over the last forty years produced an extraordinary and extensive discography. St John’s is the only British choir to webcast services weekly throughout the year at www.sjcchoir.co.uk/webcast.

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CHAN 0401
Sheppard
Sacred Choral Works

“…This selection by the all-male St John’s Choir is very welcome...

CHAN 0778
Sacred Music by Orlande de Lassus

“... Andrew Nethsingha has produced a recording that reflects both the depth of this choir and the many facets of Lassus’s ...

CHAN 0786
Mozart
'Coronation Mass'/ Ave Verum Corpus/ Exsultate, Jubilate

Performance ****     Recording *****

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CHAN 0790
My Beloved Spake
Anthems by Purcell and Humfrey

“... The recording is spacious and clear; the performances excellent and the music ins...

CHAN 10208
Mozart
Requiem

'St John's Choristers are especially sweet and emotive, and his men aren't as hooty-sounding as some. The boys' pure and floating top end made for...
CHAN 10587
Howells
Choral Works

“… Director Nethsingha has a sure touch with Howell’s unique idiom, drawing pleasing interpretations at every turn. Bo...

CHAN 10751
Wesley
Sacred Choral Works

“...Andrew Nethsingha directs splendidly, the performance as broad and grand as one could wish... this is a disc to uplift ...
CHAN 5085
Hear My Words
Choral Classics from St John's

“… an admirable choir and a nicely varied programme.”

John T Hughes