The St John’s College Choir Cambridge is one of the most outstanding collegiate choirs in the world. It is well-known and greatly enjoyed by an extensive audience from its broadcasts, concert tours and more than 90 recordings. The choir was founded in the 1670s and is known for it rich, warm and distinctive sound, its eloquent interpretations and the ability to sing various different styles. Next to this talent, the choir is especially proud of its cheerful, relaxed and mutually supportive atmosphere. The choir is director by Andrew Nethsingha following in an extensive line of renowned Directors of Music, such as George Guest, Christopher Robinson and David Hill.
St John’s College Choir Cambridge consists of 15 choral scholars, 16 choristers and four probationers who are all members of St John’s college. The choir's main purpose is to enhance the liturgy, worship and daily services in the college chapel.
The choir is highly acclaimed for its consistently high standards of singing every day in the chapel and routinely bringing the St John’s sound to listeners all over the world through its weekly webcasts and SJC Live (webcast archive service).
It maintains an eventful schedule of concerts and events, all while touring internationally numerous times per year with destinations including the USA, the Far East and The Netherlands. Additionally there are various special services held through the year such as the Advent Carol service, Ash Wednesday Evensong and the Bach Cantata Evensongs.
The Choir’s repertoire is exceptionally varied, covering over 500 years of music from Renaissance polyphony and Haydn masses to the music of the 20th century. It is also noted for championing contemporary music in the commissioning of new works. A recent innovation at St John’s is the performance of a Bach cantata each term at Evensong with the St. John Symphonia, a new period instrument orchestra.
Apart from TV appearance, they also have two annual broadcasts on BBC Radio 3's Choral Evensong, regular appearances on Radio 4's Sunday Worship and Radio 3's In Tune, the Choir usually make two recordings each year. They currently holds a contract withChandos Records.
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The Choir is often invited to give performances throughout the world, recently touring Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, the USA and countries all over Europe, including The Netherlands, Estonia, France, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland and many more. The Choir performs regularly in the United Kingdom, at prestigious concert venues including Symphony Hall, Birmingham, St John’s, Smith Square and the Royal Festival Hall, London. The Choir often accompanies renowned orchestras such as the Britten Sinfonia, the London Mozart Players and the Philharmonia Orchestra as well as smaller instrumental groups such as His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts and the viol consort, Fretwork.