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BYRD|BRITTEN CD Released

We are delighted to announce that the Choirs' new CD, BYRD|BRITTEN, was been released today! The CD is the last of six collaborations between the Choirs, former director Mark Williams and Signum Records, and features recordings of sacred masterpieces from the English composers William Byrd (c.1540 - 1623). and Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976). The previous five discs have received fantastic reviews, and all involved are excited for the release.

Click here to order the new CD from Presto Classical, Amazon or iTunes, or buy it from Heffers bookshop, Cambridge.

The Choirs' other CDs are also available from the shop on this website.

Posted on 3 February 2017

Mahler 3 in King's College Chapel

Last night the Ladies and Choristers of the choir took part in a spectacular performance of Gustav Mahler's 3rd Symphony in King's College Chapel. Paul Daniel conducted a combined Cambridge University Music Society orchestra, along with the Ladies of the choirs of Jesus, Clare, Caius and Selwyn colleges, and the Choristers of Jesus and St. Catharine's Colleges. The performance was a resounding success, and the singers relished the chance to perform one of the most distinguished symphonic works in the repertoire.

Posted on 22 January 2017

Richard Pinel takes up Director of Music post

The new Director of Music, Richard Pinel, arrived last week and normal services have begun under his direction. He replaces Mark Williams, who left for Magdalen College, Oxford before Christmas. Both choirs are looking forward to a busy term, starting with the Ladies and Choristers taking part in a performance of Mahler's 3rd Symphony on Saturday 21 January.

Posted on 18 January 2017

Farewell to Mark Williams, Director of Music

As the Combined Choirs return from a successful and highly enjoyable tour to Italy, it is time to say goodbye to our Director of Music, Mark Williams. After studying as organ scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, he secured the prestigious role of Assistant Organist at St Paul's Cathedral, London, in 2000. He joined Jesus College as in 2009, and has led the choir with great expertise and enthusiasm both in the UK and abroad.

Under his leadership, the choir has performed many of the great works in the choral repertoire, including Bach's St Matthew and St. John Passions and Handel's Nelson Mass, culminating with a performance this term of Elgar's Dream of Gerontius in collaboration with three other Cambridge choirs. The choir has travelled to India, Sri Lanka, the USA, Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong and China among other places, and has participated in charity work providing singing workshops to disadvantaged children. At home, the choirs have performed concerts all around the UK, and have recorded six CDs, the last of which will be released in early 2017.

Most of all, under Mark's directorship, singing in the choir has always been thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable for choral scholars and choristers alike - and the whole Jesus College Chapel and Choir community would like to thank him for the tireless work that he has put in, and wish him the best of luck in his next role as Informator Choristarum at Magdalen College, Oxford.

Mark will be succeeded at Jesus by Richard Pinel at the start of 2017 - we are all looking forward to it!

Posted on 19 December 2016

Combined Choirs depart for Italy

Today the men, women and choristers left Cambridge for Venice to begin their tour of northern Italy. They are looking forward to exploring the walled town of Cittadella, where they are staying, and they are excited to be performing in Abano Terme and Padua, before finishing the tour with a Mass in the Basilica Santa Maria Glorioso dei Friari, in Venice. They return on Sunday.

Posted on 14 December 2016

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