“St John’s thrives under Nethsingha.” Gramophone
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 Choir sings seven services a week in the College chapel, following the Cathedral tradition of the Church of England, and the Choir has fulfilled this role in the life of the College since the 1670s.
The Choir consists of twenty Choristers and 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. 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’s distinctive, rich, expressive sound sets it apart from most other English cathedral choirs. For several decades the choir has performed around the world, including the USA, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, Japan and Australia. Recent European concert venues have included the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Bregenz Festival, the Budapest Palace of Arts and the BBC Proms.
The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge has an extraordinary and extensive discography produced over the last forty years under its legendary conductors, George Guest, Christopher Robinson and David Hill. In May 2016, with Albion Media’s guidance and management, the Choir released its first recording on the new St John’s College imprint on Signum Classics. The new label will release all new recordings by the Choir and also showcase the work of the other world-class musicians of the St John’s College community. The choir’s debut recording of choral works by Jonathan Harvey “Deo” reached number two in the Specialist Classical Charts and won the choral category of the BBC Music Magazine Awards in 2017.
St John’s was the first British choir to webcast services weekly throughout the year. Visit the website for more information.
Albion Media has worked on press and PR for the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, since 2007 achieving a range of media coverage for its concerts, tours and recordings and advising it on a range of future activities and partnerships.