Choristers return from appearance in major choral festival in Switzerland

At the end of May 2014, the Choristers of Jesus College appeared as representatives of England alongside 19 other choirs from across Europe (and one from America) in the Europäisches Jugendchor Festival in Basel, Switzerland. They performed at a number of concerts and services and took part in workshops and radio broadcasts. To read more about the trip please click here.

Posted on 15 June 2014

Jesus Choristers depart on tour to Switzerland

This week our choristers departed for Switzerland to take part in the Europäisches Jugendchor Festival in Basel, where they will perform a series of concerts in the Stadtkirche, the Theodorskirche, the Münster, the Peterskirche and the Clarakirche. The programmes will include sacred and secular music for treble voices from the sixteenth century to the present day. A new anthem, Come unto me, by the American composer Daniel J. Knaggs has been specially commissioned for the tour. For more details please click here.

Posted on 27 May 2014

Latest Choir Newsletter published

The Easter edition of 'From the Cloisters', a bi-annual newsletter which features all the Choir's latest news and forthcoming projects, has just been published. You can read it here.

Posted on 10 May 2014

The College Choir return from a wonderful tour of Ireland

Following the end of Lent Term 2014, the College Choir travelled to Ireland for a seven-day tour of Belfast, Dublin and Limerick. In what proved to be a busy week, the Choir performed several concerts in St Patrick’s Church Belfast, Trinity College and the Writer’s Club Dublin and in St John’s Cathedral and the Irish Academy of World Music and Dance Limerick. In addition, the Choir sang in St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast, in St George’s Church Belfast and took part in workshops with school pupils at Methodist College Belfast and Glenstal Abbey School. The social media team were overwhelmed with positive responses throughout the tour with the ensemble being hailed as 'sublime' and having a 'fantastic sound' and the Choir enjoyed standing ovations and a warm reception from capacity audiences.

Despite the busy schedule, there was still time to take in the sights of each of the three cities we visited. We enjoyed a fascinating tour of Belfast as well as being fortunate enough to visit the Giant's Causeway, a fantastic coastal site home to equally fantastic legends. There are many memories of a wonderful week, including a lunch accompanied by traditional Irish music in Belfast, an evening discovering the joys of Temple Bar in Dublin and our stay in the beautiful monastery at Glenstal, where we were treated to the legendary hospitality of the Benedictine community. Participating in a variety of musical performances, as well as visiting cultural sites, and sampling a 'real' pint (or two) of Guinness, made for an exciting, albeit very tiring, end to a busy Lent term.

Blogs written on each of the three legs of our tour can be found here.

Posted on 10 April 2014

Jesus Choir and Britten Sinfonia perform St Matthew Passion to packed audiences in Bury and Cambridge

On 18 March, Jesus College Choir and Britten Sinfonia came together again under the direction of Mark Williams to perform Bach’s incredible St Matthew Passion. With professional soloists as well as step-out soloists from the choir, it was set to be an exciting event. Three hours later, the audience (and performers!) emerged, emotionally drained and physically exhausted, but elated; the work was loaded with an even greater intensity in the smaller, more intimate surroundings of Jesus College Chapel. Two days later, with a new Evangelist, soprano soloist and a seemingly new Britten Sinfonia, the Passion was heard a second time in the glorious St Edmundsbury Cathedral to another extremely appreciative audience.

We owe an enormous thank you to all our soloists – especially those who stepped in at short notice – sopranos Kate Manley and Gillian Keith, mezzo Madeleine Shaw, tenor Evangelists Nicholas Mulroy and Andrew Staples, and bass Matthew Brook. We also owe our thanks to Britten Sinfonia for allowing us to create such wonderful music, and to Charles Rawlinson, as this incredible concert would not have been possible without his generous benefaction and support.

You can read an interview conducted before the performances by choral scholar Amatey Doku with soloist Madeleine Shaw, chorister Harry Shapiro, and Senior Organ Scholar Ben Morris here.

Posted on 3 April 2014

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