The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, consists of sixteen Choristers and four Probationers who are educated at St. John's College School under the direction of Mr Andrew Nethsingha. 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. There are two Organ Students who assist Mr Nethsingha in the running of the Choir, attending the daily rehearsals for the Chorister at the School, and accompanying the services in Chapel.
The services follow the Cathedral tradition of the Church of England, Evensong being sung during Term six days a week and Sung Eucharist in addition on Sunday mornings. It has fulfilled this role in the life of the College since the 1670s.
The Choir has an extraordinary discography dating back to the 1950s and the Decca/Argo years under George Guest. More recently, the Choir has become well known for the sequence of recordings of English 20th century choral music made by Naxos. Directed by Christopher Robinson, these have sold over 200,000 copies. The Choir now records with Hyperion, and has released four discs to date with the label.
Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge has selected some of the best-known choral works of Samuel Sebastian Wesley for inclusion on this disc, interspersing them with one of his organ works as well as a psalm chant by his father, Samuel Wesley.
John Challenger, organ
Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
Recorded in St John's College Chapel, Cambridge April 20-22, 2012
Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge Iestyn Davies, counter-tenor; James Gilchrist, tenor; David Stout, baritone; Neal Davies, bass. John Challenger, organ. Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge. St. John's Sinfonia, Margaret Faultless, leader. Andrew Nethsingha, director. Recorded Jan. 13-15, 2012.
Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge Susan Gritton, soprano; Frances Bourne, mezzo-soprano; Sam Furness, tenor; George Humphreys, baritone; John Challenger, organ. Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, St John's Sinfonia, Andrew Nethsingha. Recorded in St John's College Chapel, Cambridge July 19-21, 2011
Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge "The music itself represents a time span of nearly 500 years of choral music. The earliest piece dates from the first half of the sixteenth century, and the newest was composed as recently as 2007. The styles and genres are varied, but there are clear links between the works throughout. For example, several are based on texts from the psalms, and the works by Pärt, Parsons, and Rachmaninoff offer three radically different interpretations of the Ave Maria. Some of the works also add a solo instrument to the familiar mix of voices and organ. But perhaps most importantly, all the pieces recorded here sit comfortably under the heading of ‘Popular Choral Classics’. Allegri’s Miserere is counted among the great classics of church music. Part of its mystique stems from its origins; for many years the work was performed only in the Sistine Chapel, and as with other works tied to a single place it became an object for pilgrimage. In this case the pilgrims included Mendelssohn, as well as Mozart who famously noted down the work from memory after leaving the Vatican, thereby risking excommunication by the Catholic Church. This new release also features Stanford’s Jubilate, which was written for Trinity College, Cambridge. Intended as part of the service of Morning Prayer, it has long been one of the most popular canticles in the Anglican repertoire. In keeping with the text, Psalm 100, the tone is festive throughout." [Martin Ennis]
Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
St John's College Chapel, Cambridge
9-11 April 2010
Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge This recording heralds the beginning of an exclusive recording contract between Chandos and the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge. All performances will be conducted by Andrew Nethsingha, the Choir’s Director of Music since 2007.
The disc of choral music by Herbert Howells includes two settings of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis: one setting was written for St John’s, where Howells was Acting Organist during World War II; the other for Gloucester Cathedral in the composer’s native county. It also features two premiere recordings, A Grace for 10 Downing Street and Psalm 142.
Andrew Nethsingha said, “We are delighted to be embarking on a partnership with such an excellent label as Chandos. With them, we will release a wide variety of repertoire. We have chosen to start with a disc of Howells’ music – Herbert Howells was closely associated with St John’s College for several decades. Two major works written for the St John’s Choir, including “Sequence for St Michael” will feature on the CD. The recording of “By the waters of Babylon”, a deeply moving psalm setting for baritone, violin, cello and organ will be another highlight of the disc.”
This is St John’s College Choir’s first long-term contract with Chandos. However, it has already made a number of recordings for the label, including Mozart’s Requiem and works by Charpentier and Poulenc (conducted by George Guest) and music by Tallis and Gibbons (conducted by Christopher Robinson).
Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge The music of Edward Bairstow (1874–1946) is an essential part of the British cathedral music tradition. He set his texts ‘with a beauty which makes one never able to think of the words without recalling the music’, as the Dean of York wrote on the occasion of his seventieth birthday. Certainly the more well-known works on this disc eminently fulfill this criterion. St John’s’ inspired recordings of these classic numbers in the matchless acoustic of the chapel make this a disc to treasure on these grounds alone.
Choir of St. John's College, CambridgeQuintin BeerAlexander Robarts Taking as its starting point the famous Advent Carol Service, Christmas at St John's is an imaginative and varied programme devised by Dr David Hill. Going far beyond the tired repertoire of carols churned out by certain other Cambridge choirs, this CD is sung exceptionally well by the choir from 2005-2006, with a particularly outstanding treble section.
The highlights are many, but particularly the two tracks which feature substantial solos from Head Chorister Quintin Beer: Dr John Rutter's "There is a flower" and Francis Pott's "Lullay my liking". Alexander Robarts sings the treble solo in Dr EW Naylor's "Vox dicentis".
Choir of St. John's College, CambridgeQuintin BeerJoseph Gardom All of these sacred works are radiantly performed by The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge under David Hill in the first of a new series of recordings on the Hyperion label. The main treble soloist is the stunning Quintin Beer who recently featured in a BBC Radio 4 documentary about Allegri’s famous Miserere.
solo voices and double choir [7'45]
for solo voices (QUINTIN BEER, JOSEPH GARDOM treble; PETER CRAWFORD, LESTER LARDENOYE countertenor;
JONATHAN KNIGHT, PETER MORTON tenor; ANDREW DAVIES, GEORGE HUMPHREYS bass) and double choir
1 Warum toben die Heiden, und die Leute reden so vergeblich
Choir of St. John's College, CambridgeTheo Bamber When playing this disc one is immediately struck by the great beauty of the singing, no doubt due in part to the combination of the more intimate size of a college chapel (which requires less projection of sound than a cathedral) and the freshness of the undergraduate voices in the lower parts. The eclectic choice of pieces from five centuries makes for a surprisingly effective disc and even the well known Allegri setting of Psalm 51 and the Byrd and Tallis items are given such expressive performances that lovers of choral music need not hesitate to duplicate this music in their collection. This own label disc is available for £11 including (UK) postage from The Johnian Office, St John's College, Cambridge CB2 1TP.
Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge Directed by Christopher Robinson.
TRACKS: The Twelve. Coronation Te Deum. Missa Brevis. Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis. A Litany. Where does the uttered music go. Set me a seal.
Choir of St John's College, Cambridge / Christopher Robinson
Benedict Giles (Tr), William Goldring (Tr), Joseph Helps (Tr), Oliver Lepage-Dean (Tr), Edward Minton (Tr), Ben Harrison (Tr), Thomas Williams (A), Christopher de la Hoyde (A), Richard Moore (A), Simon Wall (T), Jonathan Bungard (T), Malcolm Green (B), Reuben Thomas (B)
Choir of St. John's College, CambridgePeter Castle 2 CD Set. St. John's College, George Guest; King's College Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury and Philip Ledger. Gloria/ Magnificat/ Dixit Dominus etc. Peter Castle is the Treble Soloist on Magnificat, recorded in 1976.
1-7 Requiem op 48 (Faure) Soloist: Jonathon Bond
8 - Cantique de Jean Racine op 11 (Faure)
9-12 - Messe Basse (Faure) Soloist: Andrew Brunt
13-16 - Messe en sol majeur (Poulenc) Soloist: Jonathon Bond
17 - Salve Regina (Poulenc)
Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge Choir of St John's College Cambridge directed by George Guest
Recorded at St John's College Chapel Cambridge - March 1986
Cover painting: 'Angels' by B Gozzoli - Courtesy of Tony Stone Photo Library
Choir of St. John's College, CambridgeJonathon Bond The Choir of St John's College Cambridge
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Benjamin Luxon (Baritone) Jonathon Bond (Treble)
Stephen Cleobury (Organ) George Guest (Director)
Jonathon sings solo only on track 4 Pie Jesu
Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge Featuring the Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge and the Brighton Festival Choir. The Missa Brevis is subg by St. John's College Choir - the Janácek is sung by the Brighton Festival Choir
Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge CD of music by Duruflé and Howells including Requiems, Motets and the "Collegium Sancti Johannis Cantabrigiense" canticles for evensong. Price £8 + postage
Full details: http://www.sjcchoir.co.uk/default.php?page=recordings
(Brilliant Classics 6323, DVD)
Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge CONDUCTOR: Christopher Robinson. Ave Verum (Mozart). Insanae et vanae curae (Haydn). How lovely are Thy dwellings (Brahms). Ave Verum (Byrd). Ave maris stella (Grieg). Denn er hat seinen Engeln (Mendelssohn). Where Thou reignest (Schubert). Bring us O Lord God (Harris). O! for a closer walk with God (Stanford). Crucifixus (Lotti). Pie Jesu Domine (Duruflé). O salutaris hostia (Rossini). Cantique de Jean Racine (Fauré). Thou O God art praiset (Boyle). Hymn of the Cherubim (Rachmaninov). Ave Maria (Parsons). Panis angelicus (Franck). Ave verum (Elgar). Thou will keep him (S.S.Wesley).
Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge Francis Poulenc's STABAT MATER is a haunting piece of music composed after the death of one of his closest friends brought Poulenc to the shrine of the Black Madonna of Rocamadour. This performance combines soprano Judith Howarth, the BBC Philharmonic, and the choirs of St. John's, Clare and Gonville, and Caius Colleges.