St John's College Choir releases 101st album - 'Magnificat'

St. John's College would like to make you aware of the latest College Choir CD, Magnificat, which was released on 25 October.  Magnificat, is available to buy, download and stream: ( Celebrating the Evening Canticles that play a significant part in the Choir's Evensong services, it is an Editor's Choice Pick from Gramophone magazine who commented, ‘Take one of today’s finest collegiate choirs, experiencing a truly golden period, and music that sits at their very heart, and the result is an album which embodies Evensong’s sublime power.'

‘This disc was recorded at a time when we had an especially fine group of singers’ says Andrew Nethsigha, Director of Music. ‘I think it is one of my two best recordings so far! I am fascinated by the way in which the same texts can provoke profoundly different responses from composers. All six pieces are works which the singers have lived with for many years – and for many decades in my case! It is music with which we feel a deep emotional connection. I am excited to share this very fine repertoire with the wider musical world.’

The album contains six contrasting settings of the Evening Canticles, repertoire that plays an important role in the Choir’s daily music-making. Each of the settings chosen by Andrew Nethsingha has personal significance to his musical life – his time at the Royal College of Music, Truro Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral, and now, St John’s College. This album explores the breadth of imagination with which composers have approached these enduring texts, which have been said or sung at daily acts of Christian worship for over a thousand years.

A feature about the CD will be one of the main items in 'Classical Cambridge' to be broadcast on Sunday 17 November at 3pm by with presenter Tony Barnfield, with a subsequent repeat one or other side of Christmas on his weekly Sunday lunchtime magazine programme 'Roundabout with Tony Barnfield' (date to be announced nearer the time).

Feel free to share the attached poster with friends and families, who might be interested in learning more about the Choir and the new album, Magnificat.

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